The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 23, 2013

Majors bounce back against Hutchinson

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Baseball is a funny game.

Trying explaining how Hutchinson, Kan., Cardinals could score 16 runs Saturday (in a 16-2 rout of the Enid Majors) but left 11 runners on base in falling to the Majors 4-1 Sunday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

“We took it too lightly yesterday,’’ said Majors third baseman Brandon Rakestraw. “We had a talk after the game and did everything the right away. We came back ready to play.’’

Rakestraw especially.

The Newcastle native went three-for-three, going from first to home on a throwing error on a double steal and driving in Silvano Tarango with an RBI single in the seventh.

Rakestraw virtually didn’t stop after a throw by Cardinals catcher Griff Case went off the top of the glove of third baseman Brody Kraus trying to get Tarango at third on the front end of the double steal in the third.

Rakestraw scored right behind Tarango to make it 3-0.

“As soon as I rounded second, I was thinking home because there was nobody in vicinity of the ball,’’ Rakestraw said. “I’m always trying to get the extra base. Sometimes it comes back to get me, but I want the extra base if I can get it.’’

It did come back and got him on his RBI single in the seventh as he was thrown out trying to stretch it into a double.

“He was just trying to be aggressive,’’ said Enid coach Chris Jensen. “That was a big hit. His hustle gave us a boost on the double steal. He’s a long strider and a fast runner. The left fielder took his time and Brandon took advantage of it.’’

“I’ve been the seeing the ball real well,’’ Rakestraw said. “I’m feeling good at the plate and I’m trying to use the whole field.’’

Tarango raised his average to .405 by going three-for-four and scoring three runs.

He singled with one out in the first and scored after singles by Rakestraw and Brady Kokojan.

“I just relaxed and came out here and did the best I could,’’ Tarango said. “I’ve been seeing the ball real good. It’s getting easier because the weather is so much better than it was in the spring.’’

Tarango’s glove  at second was just as valuable, Jensen said. He started a key double play in the eighth when the first two Cardinals reached base.

“We didn’t play well yesterday,’’ Tarango said. “I just wanted to come out and do my best. The competition is better here (than high school). You got to play hard every day. It’s just a matter of making the plays.’’

Nate Melton, making his first start since a no-hitter against Dinsdale, Neb., Tuesday, allowed only two hits over six innings.

He struck out six and walked five.

Hutchinson left at least one runner on base every inning, including the bases loaded in the seventh. They left five runners on third.

Courtesy runner Ty Williams was thrown out at the plate on a double play. Melton struck out two after Tanner Higgins reached third with one out in the fifth.

“I was just trying to throw and do my thing and get a win since we were coming off a loss,’’ Melton said. “There were a few times that I got irritated here and there, but I got relaxed and threw my game. I knew I was better than most of the hitters out there. It’s a fun thing.’’

Hutchinson scored its lone run in the seventh off reliever Cody Daylor.

Shon Pinard singled to open the inning and scored after two walks and Josh Locke being hit by a pitch. Daylor got Taylor Heidebrecht to pop out to end the threat with the bases loaded.

“Our pitchers did a good job,’’Jensen said. “They battled through some situations. I like seeing that.’’

Jesus Gamez struck out the side after coming in in the ninth with a runner on first and no outs. Daylor had two strikeouts giving the trio 10 for the day.

“It was good to get that bad taste out of our mouths,’’ Jensen said.

The Majors, 23-8, will take today off before going to Lawton Tuesday to play Les Beckham League foe Southwest Shockers and Oklahoma Ambassadors.

,  a memorial team for the late Yukon catcher Justin Sullivan.