The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 3, 2013

Minors go to Woodward for July 4th festival

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid Minors coach Seth Sturgeon has a simple message for his team going into the Woodward Travelers Majors Fourth of July Festival which begins a four-day run today.

Throw strikes.

“That’s what we have been doing (lately),’’ Sturgeon said. “It’s amazing how much more confidence your team has when you’re not walking people.

“The defense stays on its toes and stays aggressive and makes routine plays. That leads to having more confidence at the plate, which leads to big hits in crucial situations.’’

That was something the Minors — who were 15-19 entering Wednesday night’s doubleheader at home against Ponca City — weren’t doing during a recent five-game losing streak, Sturgeon said.

“If we play like we have the last couple of games, we have a chance to play with anybody there,’’ Sturgeon said. “There are a lot of good teams there, but if we play well, we have a chance to win it.’’

Matt Mills will be on the mound today when the Minors face the Woodward Minors at 8 tonight at the 5-Plex.

Friday, Garrett Dennett will go against Dodge City, Kan., at 12:30 and Rudolfo Ramirez or Ty Golay will go against Bethany at 3 at the 5-Plex.

Enid plays Weatherford at 3 p.m. Saturday at Fuller Park.

The championship round is set for Sunday at Fuller Park. Mills would likely go in the title game if Enid makes it, Sturgeon said.

“We have had stretches where we played a lot of games in a few days,’’ Sturgeon said. “We have seen what everybody can do. Everybody has to perform at his best for us to get to .500 or above.’’

Following the Woodward tournament, the Minors continue on the road for five straight league games, traveling to Bethany to face OKC Sandlot on Monday, a return engagement to Woodward against the Minors for a doubleheader at Fuller Park on Tuesday and then a trip to Lawton for a doubleheader against SW Shockers on Wednesday.

The Minors finish the regular season with a pair of non-league doubleheaders. The Minors play at Chisholm on July 12, with their final regular season contests July 13 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark against Tulsa.

The Connie Mack state tournament opens July 17 at David Allen.