The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 18, 2013

Melton’s no-hit bid leads Majors

By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

LINCOLN, Neb. — Enid Majors pitchers Nate Melton and Damian Neiswanger each had first-inning run support Tuesday in a Lincoln, Neb., doubleheader.

Neither needed much.

Melton no-hit Dinsdale in the lunchtime opener in a 4-0 win, and Neiswanger followed in the afternoon, pitching 41⁄3 innings in a five-inning, 11-0 run-rule victory, halting the Majors’ brief slide in the Lincoln event after opening with a pair of defeats on Monday, losing to Waverly, 5-4 and 12-0.

“It was definitely a good turnaround from (Monday),” said Majors coach Chris Jensen. “We got good outings from our pitchers on the mound, obiviously.”

Melton’s second career no-hitter came behind 12 strikeouts by the recent Glencoe graduate, who was hardly bothered by his teammates as he closed in on the hitless win.

“Nobody really bugged me,” said Melton, who no-hit Drummond as a senior. “I knew I had it going. I just kept thowing and doing what I needed to to do to keep it going.”

 “We didn’t say anything to him at all,” Jensen said. “Just kind of kept with baseball superstition and left him alone.”

Enid scored runs in the first and second frames in the opener, adding two insurance tallies in the top of the seventh.

Neiswanger’s cushion came earlier.

Enid took a 4-0 lead after two innings, and a seven-run fourth set up the run-rule win when Dinsdale couldn’t solve Neiswanger, who struck out seven, allowing one hit and walking three.

Tabor Charles hit three doubles at the plate Tuesday, driving in two runs.

Cody Daylor and Brandon Rakestraw each had two RBI for the Majors (19-7), who can finish the Nebraska trip 3-2 with a win in their final game 10 a.m. today against Lincoln East.