The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


June 30, 2013

Moore leads Bartlesville past Majors

ENID, Okla. — Josh Moore was recruited by Highland (Kan.) Community College as a pitcher.

If the Highland coaches were watching Moore and his Bartlesville Doegnes Ford Indians teammates against the Enid Majors at David Allen Memorial Ballpark last weekend, they might want to look him as an hitter, too.

Moore went 4-for-6 in leading the Indians to a 10-4 victory over the Majors Sunday and scored two runs. He was 13-of-20 in the four-game series.

“That’s the best series that I have had,’’ said Moore, whose double in the fifth ignited a seven-run Indians outburst. “I was seeing the ball real well. I was in the zone.’’

So was his whole team. The Indians scored 42 runs in the series, including 10, 13 and 10 in their three wins. They lost 13-9 on Friday.

“We’re starting to come together,’’ Moore said of the Indians, who are now 15-15 overall, “Getting to play a four-game series gives you an idea of what the ballpark is like. I like it, especially the short porch in right.’’

“I think the Highland coaches might have second thoughts about using him as a hitter,’’ said Majors head coach Chris Jensen, “From their lead-off to about their No. 6 hole, they are really stout. It’s hard to get those guys out. It’s good to play teams like this. The teams that we’re going to play (in the Connie Mack) state tournament are going to have lineups that are stout one through six.’’

The Majors didn’t help themselves by committing six errors and hitting four more batters.

Bartlesville took advantage of three errors in the seven-run fifth to break a 1-1 tie. Chris Noland had a two-RBI double, while Tyler Yardley, Ryan Behar and Isaya Vystotsky had RBI singles.

Behar had a two-RBI single to give the Indians some insurance in the eighth.

Bartlesville also committed six errors. The two teams combined for 42 errors in the series.

“You can’t do that at all,’’ Jensen said. “We didn’t play well at all today.’’

Enid starter Tabor Charles had allowed only two hits — singles by Moore in the first and third — before disaster struck, The first seven hitters reached base, two by errors.

“They were all makeable plays, that’s the frustrating thing,’’ Jensen said. “We weren’t charging the routine ground balls.’’

Enid had to switch its lineup with third baseman Brandon Rakestraw being gone because of a prior commitment.

The Majors were held to six hits by two college-bound pitchers — Jimmy Marsh, who is headed to Labette (Kan.) Community and Matt Hoelting, who will join Moore at Highland.

Marsh gave up five hits over six innings and struck out five. Hoelting allowed only one hit in pitching three scoreless innings of relief.

Seventeen of Enid’s 27 outs came on strikeouts or popouts. The Majors left 13 runners on base, including the bases loaded in the sixth and two runners on in the first, second, third and eighth,

“We didn’t get hits in key situations,’’ Jensen said. “We have to hit the ball on the ground to have a chance. We hit the ball a lot better Friday than we did Saturday or Sunday. Jesus (Gamez) and Brad (Kinsey) pitched well enough to give us a chance. They threw some good arms at us.’’

Kinsey went 2-for-4 for the Majors with an RBI double scoring Nathan Melton to open the scoring in the first and an RBI single to score Melton in the sixth. Kinsey scored off an error in the sixth but Marsh got Junior Obeso to ground out with the bases loaded.

Obeso was 3-for-5. He singled in Brady Kokojan in the fifth. Kokojan was hit by a pitch and advanced to third after two wild pitches.

Enid (24-13) has lost three straight games for the first time this season. The Majors have lost five of their last six games, having lost to the Southwest Shockers Black and the Oklahoma Ambassadors in Lawton Tuesday.

“It’s a long season,’’ Jensen said. “You go through the long days of summer like this. We’re going to take Monday and Tuesday off and then have a good, hard practice Wednesday.’’

Enid will begin defense of its Winget Tournament championship in Bartlesville on Thursday.

“The boys are excited about going,’’ Jensen said. “We should be back at full force.’’

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