MIAMI — Letting a 5-0 lead get away, Miami suffered an 11-9 loss to Locust Grove Monday afternoon at Joe Pollock Field/Wardog Stadium.
The Wardogs (6-18) had taken a 9-8 lead in the bottom of the fifth only to have Locust Grove rally for three runs in the top of the sixth.
The win loomed large for the Pirates, who had gone winless in three Mickey Mantle Classic games — including a 10-3 loss to Tahlequah Sequoyah in the seventh-place clash.
Two doubles sandwiched around a triple gave Miami a 3-0 lead in the first inning, then Brad Hartman’s two-run inside-the park homer bumped the lead to 5-0.
Locust Grove cut the gap to one in the top of the third, but Miami scratched out a run in its half of the third.
The Dogs were up 8-7 after four then each team got a run in the fifth.
A three-run rally in the sixth gave Locust Grove the lead for good.
A double play and a caught stealing took Miami out of a rally in the sixth.
Then in the seventh, Pirate reliever Billy Knott got two strikeouts, then Darryle Trammell came on board to get the final out.
Miami collected 14 hits in the game.
Brant Morris led the way, going 4-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.
Eli Coyne collected two double and a single.
Isaac Keller logged a triple and single and Connor Womack chipped in with a double and single.
In addition to the homer by Hartman, the Dogs also got a couple from Caden Folks and an infield hit by Nate Ward.
Locust Grove (9-13) collected 17 hits in the game, the third-most on the season for the Pirates.
Alex Halbert collected two doubles and a single, Jaren Dirtseller added double and two singles and Hayden Brandon chipped in with three singles.
Darryle Trammell, Blake Gibson and Garrett Jenkins had two hits each for Locust Grove.
Miami battled the Pirates in the second game of the home-and-home district series Tuesday.
The Dogs are idle until Monday when they face Jay in Game 1 of their district series.