The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 19, 2013

Majors-Minors twinbill rained out

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — April showers, bring may flowers.

May showers cancel a lot of baseball games.

Sunday’s scheduled doubleheader between the Enid Majors and Enid Minors was postponed for wet grounds from Saturday’s thunderstorms.

“The field was flooded,’’ Majors coach Chris Jensen said.

Jensen said he hoped the Les Beckham League games could be made up. The Majors swept the Minors 7-1 and 12-4 on Friday.

“We’ll see what we can come up with,’’ Jensen said. “It’s a matter of working around both of our schedules.’’

The Minors will be off until Wednesday when they go to Hennessey for a 6 p.m. doubleheader — one seven-inning game and one five-inning game. They will go to the Woodward Festival May 25-27.

The Majors will be off until Friday when they go to the Midwest City Outlaws Memorial Day Tournament for the first time since 2010.

“We’re still evaluating players on both teams,’’ Jensen said. “This would have been a good weekend to do it because we don’t have to travel anywhere.’’

Jensen would have liked to have played to see players in game situations.

“Friday was the first time I’ve seen some of those guys action other than run sprints or throw to a radar gun,’’ he said. “I was impressed with some of the guys.’’

The Majors have to work around graduation and baccalaureates this week. They are scheduled to have Monday and Tuesday off and workout Wednesday. They will be off Thursday because of Enid’s graduation.

“With all the different graduation days, you really don’t have everybody together until about the second or third week of the season,’’ Jensen said. “Right now, we’re just trying to get everybody implemented in our system. That takes time.’’

He will know a lot more about the Majors after the tournament which attracts a large number of pro scouts and college coaches.

“Doug Weese (Outlaws coach) runs a great tournament,’’ Jensen said. “It’s worth the two-hour trip.’’

Weather shortens alumni game

The weather cut short Enid’s first-ever Alumni game pitting players from the 1999-2004 teams against the 2005-10 teams.

The younger team, coached by Jensen, was leading 7-1 in the bottom of the fifth when the bad weather struck.

The “old-timers’’ still showed a lot of ability, Jensen said.

One-time Seattle Mariners farmhand Kendall Bergdall topped out at 95 mph. Matt Peck, who pitched for Oklahoma State, was clocked at 94 mph.

Blake McMullen, who was 9-4 with a 4.95 ERA for USAO last spring, was clocked at 93 mph.

“A few major league teams are talking to him about the draft (next month),’’ Jensen said. “His future looks promising.’’

Zach Wallis, Jerod Swart and Tyson Seng also lit up the radar gun.

“I was surprised how well the guys played,’’ Jensen said. “A lot of guys hadn’t swung a bat in a long time and they were facing guys throwing 95 mph. Kurt Elliott got a fastball at 92 mph and put a barrel right on it. That’s pretty remarkable. I guess it’s like riding a bicycle, you jump right back into it.’’

Shortstop Justin Funk, who played a decade ago for Enid, snagged a line drive off  the bat of Dylan Nave.

“He didn’t know he had it until he looked in his glove,’’ Jensen said. “Justin was one of the best shortstops that I had. His hand and eye coordination was one of the best I’ve seen and it was still there.’’

Jensen said the players might have made up for a lost step or two with their brains.

“As you get older and watch more baseball, you know the game better,’’ he said. “You get to know things you wish you had known 10 years earlier. Every one of the guys had fun. We hope we can make it a yearly event. The stands were packed. It was a great atmosphere and the players feed off of it.’’