The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 22, 2013

Mustang spoils Enid's senior night


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The Plainsmen came out on senior night Monday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark with a different look, wearing Enid Majors uniforms, but the result still was a familiar one as the Plainsmen dropped a 6A-4 doubleheader to Mustang, 4-2 and 5-0. The second game was called in the sixth inning due to lightning.

In the opener, Enid fell behind early and tried to rally by loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh, but still came up short, dropping its seventh-straight game 4-2 to the Broncos.

The Plainsmen put together their best rally of the game in the final frame when Tanner Black led off the inning with a walk and Jerry Kearney reached based on a line single. A walk to Shaun Spring loaded the bases and the Plainsmen pushed across a run on Jake Walker’s grounder that went under the glove of Mustang’s second baseman, scoring Kearney. Enid’s hottest hitter, Cole Floyd (hitting .414 entering the game), then ran the count full with two outs, but Mustang starter Austin Billiot struck him out to end the Enid threat and secure Mustang’s 4-2 win.

Both starters went the distance in the opener with Enid’s Zeke Sarver (2-8) taking the loss despite surrendering only two earned runs. He walked one, but did not record a strikeout. Enid’s fielding issues continued as the Plainsmen committed four errors.

Mustang got on the board first in the contest, scoring a run in the first when Austin Roberts tripled off the wall with two outs and came home on Cole Williams’ single. The Broncos added a pair of runs in the second inning — again with two outs — on an RBI double by Landon Vodka to put Mustang up 3-0.

Enid got its first run of the game in the fourth inning when Braden Rogers’ sacrifice fly scored Floyd, who led off the inning with a base hit and moved to third after a Christian Voitik ground out and a Hunter Childs infield single.

Mustang added an insurance run in the seventh and then held off Enid’s late rally to secure the win.

The Plainsmen started all six of their seniors in the nightcap, including pitcher Alec Elliott, who was getting his first start of the year.

Mustang, as it did in the opener, grabbed an early lead. The Broncos plated two runs in the first inning, but Elliott held them off the board again until the third inning when Williams hit a solo home run to up the Broncos’ advantage to 3-0.

Enid wasted the potential for a big inning in the third after Black had a lead-off double and Zane Herbel followed with a double, moving courtesy runner Johny Chavez to third. But the Plainsmen could not take advantage of  the no-out scoring threat and failed to score.

Mustang (20-10, 10-4 in district) added two more runs in the fifth inning on a lead-off single and a pair of wild pitches and a hit batter that put runners on second and third base. Jayland Rodriguez’s sacrifice fly then scored one run and another run came home when the throw to the plate sailed past the catcher.

Enid failed to score in the fifth and the game was called in the top of the sixth inning when lightning lit up the David Allen skies.

Elliott took the loss, giving up only four hits, but walked three and hit three batters. Jacob Ratliff struck out seven Enid batters in securing the win for Mustang.

Seven Enid seniors, Elliott, Herbel, Kearney, Austin Minter, Sarver, Spring and team manager Cody Gose, were recognized between games.

The Plainsmen (9-22, 3-11) now have lost eight-straight and have completed the district portion of their schedule. They currently are seventh in District 6A-4 and  likely will open regional play at Stillwater next week.

Enid now is off until Friday when it visits Deer Creek Edmond. The Plainsmen finish the regular season Monday at Edmond Memorial.W