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July 20, 2013

Majors eliminated from state tournament

ENID, Okla. — The Enid Majors entered Saturday’s play in the Connie Mack State Tournament at David Allen Memorial Ballpark as a homestanding No. 2 seed without a loss in the nine-team double-elimination bracket.

They ended the day the fifth team out of the bracket.

After a 3-1 loss to top-seeded Oklahoma City Sandlot in their Saturday opener, the Majors’ often stellar season ended with a thud — a walk-off hit-by-pitch —  and a 9-1 run-rule five-inning loss against the Southwest Shockers.

“You play two teams like that in one day, and that’s a tall order, but I felt our guys were up to it,” Majors coach Chris Jensen said.”The first game I felt really could have gone either way, and the second game got out of hand there late.”

Enid (39-17) had a clean defensive showing in the opening loss to Sandlot, but it didn’t extend into the loss to the Shockers. Starter Nate Melton (4-3) took the loss for Enid, finishing with four strikeouts, but also four walks and four hits for six earned runs in 21⁄3 innings. Melton couldn’t stay in the strike zone or away from the Shockers’ bats in the first two innings, allowing four early runs, each scored on doubles — Shocker Christian Fixico plated two runs with a two-out double in the first, and Tucker White and Chris Grahm each hit one-run doubles in the second — to put Enid down 4-0.

Melton started the third with his fourth strikeout, but two walks later was pulled in favor of reliever Cody Daylor with runners at first and second. Southwest’s Zane Rulon bunted to advance runners to second and third, but when Daylor fielded the deadened ball, he threw to the left of first baseman Garron Nixon, scoring one run and putting Chris Jones at third and Rulon at second. Jordan Fixico also tried to bunt as part of a squeeze play, but missed, and Majors catcher Brady Kokojan dropped the ball as Jones crossed the plate, credited with a steal of home. Fixico then singled in Rulon to put the Shockers up 7-0.

Enid answered with its only tally in the fourth, getting only one run from a bases-loaded, one-out advantage on a Junior Obeso RBI groundout.

Southwest plated another run in the bottom of the fourth, and in the fifth, an error and two singles loaded the bases for Grahm, who was hit by a Jerry Kearney pitch to score Jordan Fixico and end the game — and the Majors’ season — by run-rule with an eight-run lead after five innings.

Holden Capps won his seventh against no losses for Southwest, battling three walks and occasional wildness to limit the Majors to one run on two hits.

The Shockers (33-21), who also eliminated the Woodward Minors with a 12-0 win earlier Saturday, play Sandlot at 3:30 p.m. today, where a loss would mean elimination. Sandlot, which hasn’t lost in the state tournament, must lose twice today to be eliminated. The Woodward Travelers, who lost 5-4 to Sandlot after leading 4-0 through six, will play the Southmoore SaberCats at 1 p.m.

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