ENID, Okla. —
Tanner Lingenfelter gave his grandfather Butch — an Enid assistant coach — and grandmother Ruth Ann Lingenfelter a pretty nice 43rd anniversary present Monday in Enid’s District 6A-3 game against Tulsa Kelley at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
Lingenfelter was 3-for-3 with two bunt singles, drove in a run and scored a run in front of his grandparents, who were presented flowers before the game.
However, it wasn’t enough for the Plainsmen (3-8, 9-17), who dropped a 6-2 decision to the Comets (7-4, 14-8).
“It was cool seeing them getting the flowers before the game, I was pumped,’’ Lingenfelter said. “It was a close game today. We plan on getting them in a couple of weeks.’’
Today’s scheduled game between the two teams in Tulsa has been moved back to May 3.
Lingenfelter also was involved in one of the key moments of the game.
The Plainsmen, down 6-0, appeared to be ready to threaten in the fourth.
Christian Voitik reached on an error and scored after singles by Braden Rogers and Lingenfelter. Voitik came home from third when center fielder Ryan Martin bobbled Lingenfelter’s hit.
Tanner Fore flew deep to right. Kros Bay followed with a sharply hit ball that unfortunately for the Plainsmen, struck Lingenfelter for the third out, ending the rally.
“You don’t know what would have happened if the ball hadn’t hit Tanner,’’ said Enid head coach Bill Mayberry. “If the ball wasn’t hit awfully hard, that doesn’t happen. That happens sometimes in baseball.’’
Kelley had five of its nine hits in the first inning when the Comets scored four runs on a two-RBI double by Sean Votaw and RBI singles by Charlie Wrona and Ryan Marshall.
The Comets only had four hits the rest of the game off Enid pitchers Brock Enmeier and Ben McGrath. McGrath struck out two in two scoreless innings of relief.
“They hit a lot of balls in the first inning that either got by us or were in-between,’’ Mayberry said.
“I thought it was another good outing by Bates,” Mayberry said. “We knew Ben could do that. He throws a lot of strikes and he’s pretty effective with his high leg kick.’’
The Comets added two runs in the fourth on a two-RBI double by Wroma, who had three RBI on the day and played a flawless game at short with several gems.
Enid’s other run came in the sixth when Lingenfelter had an infield single and scored on a double by Fore off the right center field wall.
“Tanner Fore is swinging a really hot bat,’’ Mayberry said. “Tanner Lingenfelter was doing well today.’’
Enid is back in action Thursday at the Edmond Classic when the Plainsmen face El Reno at 10 a.m. and Southmoore at 1 p.m.
TULSA KELLEY 6, ENID 2
KELLEY 400 200 0 — 6 9 2
ENID 000 101 0 — 1 9 0
WP — Limes, LP — Enmeier
Kelley: Wroma, 2-for-3, double, 3 RBI; Smith, 3-for-4, Votkaw, 2-for-3, 2 RBI, double.
EHS: Lingenfelter, 3-for-3; Fore, 2-for-3, double, RBI