ENID, Okla. —
Oh, so close.
Enid had the winning runs on in the bottom of the seventh, only to see Broken Arrow pitcher Dalton Sommers get out of a bases-loaded jam as the 6A-3 leading Tigers defeated the Plainsmen 3-1 Monday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
Sommers allowed only four hits and had 17 ground ball outs out of a possible 21. He had a shutout until the seventh when EHS tried to break through.
In the seventh, Brock Enmeier had a one-out double and pinch-runner Devin Pratt scored after a walk to Tanner Black, a wild pitch and a fielder’s choice by Braden Rogers.
Parker Summers singled, and Tanner Lingenfelter reached on an error to load the bases for Cole Floyd. However, Floyd grounded out sharply to second to end the game.
“We know we can play with the good people,’’ said Enid head coach Bill Mayberry. “We lost 1-0 to Union. We lost by one run to a good BTW (Booker T. Washington) team. We just have to step up and get a big hit. We need to rise to the occasion. Players have to make plays.’’
Christian Voitik (2-4) was the hard-luck loser, allowing only four hits himself, while striking out four and walking three.
Broken Arrow scored a run in the second on back-to-back doubles by Blake Biggs and Jerod Wheeler and the Tigers made it 2-0 in the third on a solo homer by Alvarez.
Alvarez scored in the seventh when he walked, stole second and scored after a hit batter and a fielder’s choice by Biggs.
“All the pitches they hit hard were good pitches,’’ Mayberry said. “They just hit them. They’re good players. Voitik pitched another dandy game. We just didn’t get timely hitting.’’
The Plainsmen had runners on second and third with two out in the fourth when Sommers got out of the jam with a ground out. Sommers retired nine straight on ground outs from the fourth up until Enmeier’s double in the seventh.
“Voitik and Enmeier have been our workhorses,’’ Mayberry said. “They just need run support.’’
Sommers, who entered the game with an earned run average of 0.94, raised his record to 3-0, allowing two walks and striking out two for the Tigers, who now are 17-4 overall and 8-1 in the district.
It was the third straight loss for the Plainsmen, who dropped to 7-10 and 3-6.
The two teams will play at Broken Arrow in a scheduled 5 p.m. game today. Enid won’t be able to leave until 2:30 p.m. so, it might started later than scheduled.
Tanner Fore is scheduled to pitch for the Plainsmen. The game can be heard on KCRC Radio (1390 AM).
The Plainsmen are back home Thursday when they play Yukon at 4 p.m. and Edmond Memorial at 8 p.m. in the Gladys Winters Invitational.
BROKEN ARROW 3, ENID 1
BA 011 000 1 —3 4 2
EHS 000 000 1 —1 4 1
WP — Sommers, 7 innings, 4 hits, 1 ER, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts. LP — Voitik, 7 innings, 4 hits, 3 ER, 4 strikeouts, 3. BA: Alvarez, home run; Biggs, double, RBI; Wheeler, double, RBI. EHS: Bates Enmeier, double; Rogers, RBI.