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March 17, 2014

Plainsmen run-rule Ridgerunners

ENID, Okla. — The Enid Plainsmen used a combination of timely hitting and aggressive base running, while also taking advantage of several Grove miscues to defeat the Ridgerunners 8-0 in run-rule fashion in a non-district prep baseball game Monday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

Enid broke open a tight 2-0 game with a big fourth inning that saw the Plainsmen plate five runs on only two hits.

Tanner Lingenfelter started Enid’s fourth-inning run splurge by leading off with a walk and moved to second base on Kros Bay’s bunt. Bay was safe at first when he beat out the throw. The Plainsmen loaded the bases on Elliott Holden’s bunt single. Hunter Childs then delivered a two-RBI single on a sharply hit ball up the middle on a 3-1 pitch to make it 4-0. But the Plainsmen weren’t done.

With still nobody out in the fourth, Holden and Childs pulled of a successful double-steal and Brayden Rogers drew a walk to load the bases, which spelled the end of the day for Grove starting pitcher Brent Hall, who was replaced by Scottie Spicer. Spicer promptly plunked Christian Voitik to make it 5-0. Bates Enmeier then ground into a double play, but Childs scored to make it 6-0 and came home on a wild pitch to give Enid a 7-0 lead.

Enid ended the game on the run-rule the next inning when Elliott Holden drove in Lingenfelter, who was on base with a single and had moved to second on a walk to Bay.

Meanwhile, the Plainsmen (2-3) rode the steady pitching of starting pitcher Enmeier who went 41⁄3 innings, giving up no runs, three hits, striking out two and walking two batters to earn the win. Tanner Fore pitched the final 2⁄3 inning.

Grove (4-3) had one serious scoring threat in the top of the fourth inning when the Ridgerunners loaded the bases with one, but Enmeier induced a shallow fly to center and a ground out to quell the Ridgerunners’ potential rally.

Enid scored first in the contest, going up 1-0 in the first inning when Rogers moved up to second base on a wild pitch following his base hit and then scored when he stole third base and the throw from the Grove catcher went into left field. The Plainsmen made it 2-0 in the second inning on another unearned run when Jonny Chavez scored on Holder’s RBI single. Chavez had reached base on an error and stole second base. In between, Bay took a base after being a hit by a pitch.

Childs and Holden each had two RBI in the win.

The Plainsmen are off until Thursday when they head to Edmond for the three-day Edmond Memorial Festival.

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