The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


May 19, 2013

Majors-Minors twinbill rained out


ENID, Okla. — 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.’’

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