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April 5, 2014

Darkness suspends EHS-BTW

TULSA — Enid’s district baseball game with Tulsa Washington was suspended by darkness Friday with the contest tied 11-11 after seven innings.

The game will resume at 1 p.m. today before the scheduled second game of the series at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

Enid, the visiting team in the first game, will be up to the plate in the top of the eighth.

Friday’s game resembled a roller coaster.

The Plainsmen, down 8-1 and in danger of possibly being run-ruled, scored 10 runs in the top of the fifth to take an 11-8 lead.

Enid left the bases loaded in the seventh, giving Tulsa Washington hope.

The Hornets, down to their final out, got an RBI double by Darren Abrams and a two-run single by Bobby Cox to score three runs in the bottom of the seventh.

By that time darkness was descending on the Hornets’ field, which does not have lights. The coaches agreed to finish the game today.

“I can’t remember ever seeing something like this before,’’ said Enid assistant coach Butch Lingenfelter.

Tanner Fore, who came in to pitch in the bottom of the third, kept Enid in the game by retiring 11 straight batters, including six strikeouts.

He retired the first batter in the seventh before the Hornets broke through. Cole Floyd got Jordan Brewer to ground out to end the inning with Cox on second.

“This shows there’s no clock in baseball,’’ Lingenfelter said. “You don’t run out of time, just out of hits and innings.’’

The Plainsmen sent 14 batters up to the plate in the 10-run fifth.

Elliott Holden singled, followed by walks to Kros Bay and Tanner Lingenfelter. Hunter Childs singled in two runs and Floyd loaded the bases by reaching on an infield single.

Parker Summers and Tanner Black were hit by pitches to bring in two more runs. Brayden Rogers, Fore and Holder followed with RBI singles. Bay had a bases-loaded walk to bring in yet another run.

Lingenfelter broke an 8-8 tie with a two-RBI double. Childs added his third RBI of the inning on a sacrifice fly.

Enid had scored in the fourth when Floyd came home on an error.

“Their starter (Brewer) was getting us out in the first four innings, but he was throwing a lot of pitches,’’ Lingenfelter said. “We were getting some decent at-bats, we just weren’t getting hits., Once we got Brewer out and got to their bullpen, we were able to do some work.’’

The Plainsmen had already gone to their bench. Sommers, who hadn’t had an official at-bat played a key role.

“The guys who came off the bench gave us a spark,’’ Lingenfelter said. “Parker was a good example. He is always in the game mentally, always ready. When his time came up, he was ready.’’

Today’s game can be heard on KCRC (1390 AM)

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