By Mark Rountree Sports Editor



Although the American Legion Major State Tournament is only a week away, Enid head coach Bill Mayberry said his ballclub remains focused on this weekend's zone tournament in Stillwater.

"This tournament is important to us," said Mayberry, whose ballclub will host the eight-team state tournament beginning Thursday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. As the host team, Enid has an automatic bid for the event.

Enid (44-9) opens the zone tournament at 5 tonight against Woodward at Couch Park. The winner plays Stillwater at 8. The three-team tournament continues Saturday, and the if-necessary game is set for Sunday.

If Enid wins the zone tournament, the runner-up advances to the state tournament.

"These (zone) games have significance," he said. "You want to be playing well going into the state tournament."

Enid right-hander Tyler Fleming (10-1, 2.58 ERA) will start tonight's game against Woodward. Matt Peck (8-1, 2.31) is slated to pitch the second game.

The Enid pitching staff also includes starters Shawn Epps (7-4, 2.43) and Tyson Seng (10-1, 1.50). Chris O'Brien and John Dillingham, who have been called up from the Enid AAA team, also could see action out of the bullpen. Enid's team earned run average is an impressive 2.19.

The zone tournament features two of Enid's oldest summer rivals. The Majors are 2-0 against Woodward this year and 2-2 against Stillwater.

The Majors have been productive at the plate all summer. Thomas Willson leads the team with a .416 batting average. Fleming isn't far behind at .402.

The other top hitters include Austin Box (.395), Schyler Burns (.370), Kurt Elliott (.369), Zach Berg (.362), Jordan Kliewer (.336), Trent Hulse (.328) and Seng (.315). Enid is batting .342 as a team. Burns leads the team with six homers and 42 RBI.



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