Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Enid Majors assistant coach Butch Lingenfelter admitted to being a little worried before the Majors’ Les Beckham League doubleheader with the Southwest Shockers Monday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
The Majors not only lost to Fort Smith Kerwin 14-2 in the finals of the Glen Winget Invitational in Bartlesville Sunday, but got home later than expected due to bus problems.
“We didn’t know what our attitude would be,’’ Lingenfelter said.
Lingenfelter got the answer he wanted as the Majors swept the twinbill — 7-2 and 10-0 — behind complete games from Brady Kokojan and Garron Nixon.
The sweep put the Majors into a tie with the OKC Sandlot for the league lead at 8-1. The two teams play Thursday at David Allen.
Kokojan threw a five-hitter in the five-inning run-rule victory in the nightcap. He struck out six and did not walk a batter.
Nixon did not walk a batter. He allowed nine hits and struck out two.
“The pitchers set the tone in both games,’’ Lingenfelter said. “They both pitched very well and I think that allowed our offense to get after it.’’
The Majors had 11 hits in the first game. They only had six hits in the second game, but took advantage of several walks.
“They helped us a lot,’’ Lingenfelter said, “but we played well under the circumstances. I think it showed how tough we were mentally.’’
Enid scored four runs in the second, three in the fifth, two in the first and one in the third to end the second game early.
Alva’s Ty Hooper, making his first start for the Majors, had two RBI as did Weston Ward, who had a double. Nate Williams scored twice and had a sacrifice fly for an RBI. Brandon Rakestraw had two hits and an RBI.
In the opener, Nixon allowed single runs in the first and fifth innings. The Shockers left seven runners on, including the bases loaded in the fifth when they were only down by two runs (4-2).
Brad Kinsey scored twice and stole two bases in the opener. He opened the scoring in the second when he singled, stole second and scored on an error.
The Majors added two more runs in the third when Brandon Rakestraw doubled home Weston Ward, who had been hit by a pitch. Cody Daylor drove in Rakestraw with the first of two doubles.
Enid concluded the scoring with three runs in the fifth, doing all the damage with two outs. Daylor doubled and scored on an infield single by Kinsey. Kinsey stole second and scored on an RBI single by Cole Floyd. Floyd went to second on the play and then scored on a wild pitch.
The Majors host Woodward today in a 6 p.m. doubleheader. Both games can be heard on KCRC (1390 AM).