VIAN —Chandler’s Lions weren’t quite ready to call it quits Friday at a Class 3A regional tournament.
After dropping an 8-3 decision to Spiro in its opener, Chandler kept its season alive with a 10-6 elimination-game triumph over Valliant.
Hutch Underwood had the most-productive bat against Valliant with a two-run triple in the second inning and a three-run double in the third, the latter putting the Lions up 6-1 after three innings.
Valliant got within 7-5 with four runs in the top of the sixth, only to see Chandler post three insurance runs in the bottom of the frame.
Starter Garrett Thomsen didn’t surrender a hit while going the first 5 1/3 innings. He gave up one unearned run, fanned 10 and issued two base on balls. Chandler used three relief pitchers — Nick Curto and Drake Irby for 1/3 inning apiece and Cameron Lewis in the seventh.
Chandler out-hit Valliant 13-3 with Ben Schroeder lashing a double and triple. Casey Yeager and Curto recorded a single and double apiece.
Chandler got off to a quick start against Spiro but couldn’t hold on down the stretch.
The Lions, thanks to a run-scoring single by Underwood and two runs batted in by Thomsen, led 3-0 after 2 ½ innings. Spiro tallied a run in the bottom of the third, then tied matters at 3 with a two-spot in the fifth.
Spiro applied the hammer in the sixth with five runs.
Yeager, Chandler’s starting hurler, failed to get an out in the sixth and was relieved by Thomsen, who couldn’t get an out and was replaced by Underwood, who finally stopped the bleeding.
Yeager, in five innings, surrendered four earned runs, five hits and fanned four. He walked four batters.
Underwood racked up a double and single while Curto posted two singles.
Chandler, 17-14, must win three more regional games, beginning with Spiro at 2 p.m. today, to advance to the state tournament. Should Chandler whip Spiro, it would have to defeat Vian twice.