The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 27, 2013

Enid revives old rivalry

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — An old rivalry resumes tonight when the Bartlesville Doenges Ford Indians visit the Enid Majors at 7 p.m. at David Allen Memorial Ballpark in the first of a four-game series.

The two teams were long-time rivals in American Legion baseball before Enid went to the Connie Mack a few years ago.

Enid was 4-2 against Bartlesville last season. They will be going to Bartlesville next week for the 54th annual Glen Winget Memorial Tournament.

Bartlesville took a 10-14 record into a doubleheader at Okmulgee Thursday night. The Indians had won four straight and seven of their last 10 games.

Enid is 23-10 after losing two games at Lawton Tuesday.

“We’re glad to have them come over,’’ said Enid coach Chris Jensen. “Good competition like this is what makes you more prepared for the (Connie Mack) state tournament (July 17-21).’’

Bartlesville is coached by ex-Indians star Anthony Towers.

Bartlesville is 9-3 in games when committing two errors or less. The Indians have scored in the first inning only six times in their previous 24 games. Bartlesville pitchers have thrown seven complete games, including three shutouts.

“We’re going to be seeing some real quality arms,’’ Jensen said.

The Majors will pitch lefthander Brad Kinsey tonight, Nate Melton and Jerry Kearney or Tabor Charles Saturday and Kearney or Charles Sunday.

The Majors took Wednesday and Thursday off.

“We have been playing a hectic schedule and we could use the rest,’’ Jensen said. “The good thing about the schedule is we have a lot of good pitchers and this has allowed us to give everybody some innings.’’

Jensen said two or three positions are not nail down yet for the stretch run.