By Mike Tupa


mtupa@examiner-enterprise.com


After witnessing three one-run losses, Spence Rigdon yearned for his Bruins to finally win a close one.


They did it Saturday morning — and in stomach-churning dramatic fashion — against Park Hill (Mo.) South.


Several hours later, Bartlesville proved it could dish a good old-fashioned whipping as well.


Energized by Lukas Rietfors with a double and two RBI’s, the Bruins thumped Fort Osage, 9-1, in the final game of the Bruin Classic baseball tournament at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium.


Bartlesville finished 2-2 in the tourney and improved to 6-9 on the campaign.


The day started out with a nerve-wracking — and emotion crackling — win against Park Hill South.


With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Jakob Hall burst into home plate to left Ridgon’s Bartlesville High School baseball team to a 3-2 victory.


The win broke Bartlesville’s four-game losing streak.


Hall’s walk-off run — a result of a ball put in play by Grant Yardley coupled with a Park Hill South error — got the job done.


On the other side of the equation Saturday, Harald Borg turned in a shining effort on the mound to elevated the Bruins to their fifth win. He gave up six hits and two runs — and rang up six strikeouts — during his 5.1-inning stint.


Closer Drew Garrett did the rest — and earned the win. Garrett allowed only one hit and no runs in 1.2 frames and came away with his first mound triumph of the season.


Garrett and Park Hill South reliever Ethan Farrow carried a 2-2 tie into the seventh inning.


In the top of the frame, Garrett faced four batters and left the potential go-ahead runner stranded on second.


Bartlesville’s offense opened up the bottom of the seventh with a pop-out.


Hall came up next and reached was on an error. Noah Yearout and Calvin Johnson followed with a walk and a single, respectively, to load the bases for Yardley.


Yardley — who faced a new Park Hill South pitcher — went down in the count, 1-and-2 before lashing a groundball to the left side. Park Hill South made an infield error while Hall motored home for the winning run.


Bartlesville managed just three hits in the game — a single each by Johnson, Andrew Harden and Tommy Lindsly.


Lindsly ripped a two-out single — which scored Yardley and Harden — in the bottom of the sixth to set the stage for Bartlesville’s winning rally in the seventh.


Bruins 9, Fort Osage 1


It might have been a baseball game, but the Bruins came out clad in their track shoes.


They romped around the basepath for six stolen bases — led by Brennan Longacre with two — in seven attempts.


Hall contributed a sacrifice bunt to grease the offensive machine.


On the bump, meanwhile, Rietfors and Kyle Stone took turns pitching.


Rietfors labored the first four innings — allowing only one hit and no runs.


Stone finished up the final inning.


Although Rietfors delivered the Bruins’ only extra-base hit, several Bartlesville batters contributed.


Longacre and Borg belted three and two singles, respectively; John Cone, Hall, Johnson and Yardley contributed one hit apiece.


Borg also plated two runs, while Cone, Hall, Yardley and Longacre collected one RBI each.


Bartlesville took control in the bottom of the second, sparked by back-to-back singles by Borg and Longacre.


Borg scored on an error to put the Bruins ahead, 3-0, followed by a grounder by Cone to bring home Longacre.