The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

July 3, 2013

Majors winging it to Winget in Bartlesville

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Like the Enid Majors coaches before him, Chris Jensen sees the Glen Winget Memorial Tournament in Bartlesville as a crossroads tournament for his team.

The tournament, which Enid (24-13) won last season, is set up similar to that of the upcoming Connie Mack state tournament that will be held July 17-21 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

Enid will have three pool games which sets up the championship and consolation brackets for Sunday.

“This will give us a good measuring stick as to how we will perform later on,’’ Jensen said. “We’re going to set up our rotation like we would at the state tournament.’’

Enid went undefeated in winning the Winget tournament at Bill Doenges Memorial Stadium a year ago.

“We talked to the team about the success we had last year,’’ Jensen said. “We would like to do the same thing this year.’’

The Majors will go with Brad Kinsey against Rogersville, Mo., at 4 p.m. today, Jesus Gamez against Rogers, Ark., at 11 a.m. Friday and Nathan Melton against Fort Smith, Ark., at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Jensen isn’t sure who he would pitch.

Enid and the Bartlesville Indians and Braves are the lone Oklahoma teams in the 10-team field that also includes teams from Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas. Bartlesville took three out of four games from the Majors last weekend at David Allen Memorial.

“I don’t know a lot about the other teams,’’ Jensen said. “We obviously know what Bartlesville can do.’’

The Majors beat Rogers, Ark., 5-1 in last year’s finals.

Enid could use some magic to break out of a recent slump. The Majors have lost five of their last six games.

Jensen gave his team two days off after a 10-4 loss to Bartlesville Sunday.

“We have been slumping, but we have been playing some good teams, too,’’ Jensen said. “I think it will help having all 20 guys there. We haven’t had all 20 there at one time yet this season. I’ve talked to everybody and it looks like everybody is going to make it.

“You always like to have everyone there, but if somebody is not there, it gives someone else a chance to play.

The Majors finish the regular season with 12 home games in six days, starting with a doubleheader Monday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark against SW Shockers.