The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 6, 2013

Enid Minors’ Woodward finale short, not so sweet


Enid News and Eagle

WOODWARD, Okla. — The Enid Minors didn’t win a game at the Woodward Travelers Fourth of July Festival, but they did set a record Saturday, coach Zach Gonzalez said: Their final game, a 9-0, five-inning loss to Weatherford lasted only one hour, five minutes.

Weatherford opened the game with a pair of singles and a home run to take an almost immediate 3-0 lead, more than enough to last the remaining four and a half innings.

The Minors managed only one more hit — four — in five innings than Weatherford had in the opening frame, again struggling to keep pace with a near-skeleton crew with several Minors missing the four-day festival for summer vacations and other obligations.

“It’s not easy that we hit the field with 10 guys,” Gonzalez said. “The ones that are here, they played hard, we’re just coming up a little short having players play where they’re usually not accustomed to playing.”

Enid (15-24) should have more of its lineup back for an important nine-inning road tilt with Les Beckham leader OKC Sandlot at 7 p.m. Monday, but after turning around their fortunes in the last few weeks and pulling to within a handful of games of .500, the Minors again will have to break a slump to creep closer to Sandlot’s 7-1 league perch.

“It was very tough (in Woodward)” said Gonzalez, who watched the Minors lose four straight in Woodward by a combined score of 42-15. “The teams we played, they were just hitting the ball. they took advantage of our pitching, and we couldn’t take advantage of theirs.”