By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
The last time Nate Melton and Claytin Beaver played together, they left the field losers of a season-ending 12-5 Class A state quarterfinal.
On Friday, each of them in Enid Majors blue instead of Glencoe red, and things went closer to plan.
Melton was the Majors’ opening-day starter, introducing himself to Enid with six strikeouts in three innings, topping 90 mph with a fastball that rarely ended anywhere but Beaver’s mitt in a 7-1 Majors win.
“I was glad I got the first couple of innings,” Melton said. “I got to show what I had, show them what I can do. It was pretty good to do that, to be someone that no one knows about and they come out and see that.”
When Beaver and Melton — both first-timers in the Enid Connie Mac program — first appeared at tryouts, coaches and 6A players didn’t see “that” coming from Class A Glencoe, more than hour’s drive from David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
“The kids from the big schools, they looked at us kind of funny,” Beaver said. “But that’s just how it is going to a bigger place, and that’s what we enjoy. We enjoy playing with bigger kids and getting better.”
The Panther duo’s new teammates didn’t mind welcoming the new kids.
“Some people were kind of like, ‘Woah,’ you know?” Melton said.
“I didn’t know what to expect at tryouts the first day,” Majors coach Chris Jensen said. “There were a lot of pleasant surprises.”
For now, Melton and Beaver make the commute from Glencoe for practices and games. When school ends in Glencoe on May 25, they’ll stay in Enid with family. Melton will attend Eastern Oklahoma State College next season, and Beaver will be a Glencoe junior.
Melton opened the day’s scoring in the bottom of the third inning in the first game, driving in shortstop Brady Kokojan with a triple that fell just short of a home run to left center. Kokojan and Chisholm teammates Garron Nixon and Tabor Charles each had RBI hits in the bottom of the sixth, a four-run frame that sealed the opener.
The Majors won the second game 12-4..
The Majors and Minors face each other for another doubleheader at 2 p.m. Sunday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
KCRC Radio (1390 AM) will broadcast the game.
An alumni game (1999-2004 vs. 2005-10) is scheduled for 7 tonight at David Allen.