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March 1, 2013

Plainsmen open season with 2 losses

FORT SMITH, Ark. —  Enid’s baseball season got off to a rocky start Friday as the Plainsmen dropped both of their games at the Taco Bell on the Border Tournament.

The Plainsmen dropped a 9-8 decision to the OKC Broncos in their first game, and then suffered a run-rule 13-2 defeat to host Fort Smith Southside High School in the second game.

“We didn’t play very good,” said Plainsmen head coach Bill Mayberry. “We made too many throwing errors, maybe that had something to do with the weather as the guys were saying they couldn’t feel the ball very well.”

Both games were played in sub-freezing temperatures. The Plainsmen rallied from an 8-0 deficit after two innning in the first game, scoring six runs in the fifth inning in nearly pulling off the comeback.

Enid’s rally was highlighted by Cole Floyd’s bases clearing triple, but the rally fell short as Enid stranded runners at second and third base to end the game. Floyd finished with 4 RBI in the contest. Jackson Walker went 2-for-3, scoring two runs and brother Jake Walker also went 2-for-3. The Plainsmen found themselves in an early 6-0 hole after one inning, but were the beneficiaries of some strong relief pitching.

“Bates Enmeier had a nice relief appearance in the first game,” Mayberry said. “We made a nice comeback, but really you shouldn’t have to make a comeback.”

The Plainsmen’s bats fell mostly silent in the second game in the run-rule loss. Enid committed a total of nine errors on the day, five in their opening-game loss and four in the nightcap.

“That was a really good team we played (Fort Smith Southside) in the second game,” Mayberry said. “But we have to play better than we did. We’re still getting a feel. We’re disappointed because we thought we could play better. I knew this tournament would be tough.”

Enid plays Van Buren (Ark.) today at 11:30 a.m. before wrapping up with a game at 4:30 p.m. against an opponent to be determined by pool play. KCRC (1390 AM) will air both games.

The Plainsmen return for their home opener Thursday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark against Putnam City.

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