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May 23, 2013

Majors bound for Midwest City

ENID, Okla. — Majors coach Chris Jensen should know a little more about his team after this weekend’s Oklahoma Outlaws Memorial Day Tournament at Rose State College in Midwest City.

The Majors, who haven’t played since sweeping the Enid Minors last Friday, will be playing at least five games in the next four days, weather permitting.

Enid will face the Woodward Travelers at 5:30 tonight, the Southwest Shockers of Lawton at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and Putnam City North at 9 p.m. Saturday, Bethany at 1:30 p.m. Sunday and  Oklahoma City Sandlot at 11 a.m. Monday.

If the Majors win their pool, they would face the Pool A winner for the championship at 9 p.m. Monday.

The other pool consists of the Oklahoma Outlaws, Oklahoma City Drillers, Edmond Memorial, Oklahoma Ball, Oklahoma Real Tree and the Elk City Travelers.

“It’s going to give us a good measure of what we have,’’ Jensen said. “We’re going to be playing some pretty quality opponents.’’

Jensen will use the tournament to evaluate his team, whose roster was finalized only last week. He does not expect his team to be at full strength because of graduation and other senior activities.

“I know most of them, but we’re still trying to get to know each other and get comfortable with each other,” Jensen said. “I’m not going to worry so much about the won-loss record. I’m more or less going to see how some guys react in certain situations. We’ll mix it up a lot.’’

Lefthander Brad Kinsey of Norman North, who is in his third season with the Majors, will pitch against Woodward. Enid’s Jerry Kearney will pitch against the Shockers.

“After that, I’m not sure,’’ Jensen said. “We’ll see how our arms are and go from there.’’

The Majors did not practice Thursday because of Enid High School’s graduation, but did have a good workout on Wednesday, Jensen said.

Enid’s three players from Newcastle — Zach Bergt, Nate Williams and Brandon Rakestraw — were not affected by Monday’s tornadoes which hit that area.

“They live south of it,’’ Jensen said. “They were helping with the cleanup effort.’’

The tournament is the start of a long road trip for the Majors, who will not play at David Allen Memorial Ballpark again until June 12 when they host Alva.

The Enid Minors are at the Woodward Festival this weekend. They are in the same pool with the host Woodward Minors, Alva, Southwest Shockers and Liberal, Kan.

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