By Matt Palmer Staff Writer
Enid Major American Legion baseball team shortstop Tyson Seng may have created a new statistic Friday night at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
In an 8-5 win over Manhattan, Kan., in the nightcap of the Enid American Legion Fourth of July Tournament, Seng tallied what could be considered a runner stolen in, or RSI.
With two outs in the top of the second inning, Seng drew a walk with teammate Shawn Epps on third base.
Seng rounded first on the walk, headed directly for second, and Manhattan immediately put Seng in a pickle. Epps then darted for home plate and instead getting Seng for the final out, Manhattan threw home.
Epps crossed the plate before the tag, and Seng scurried to second safely. It increased Enid's lead to 3-0, a lead they didn't relinquish.
Enid used aggressive play on the base paths most of the night, coming up with a pair of double steals. At one point, Majors second baseman Trent Hulse went running for third during a timeout on the mound. A pair of Manhattan players ran off the mound before it was realized Hulse couldn't steal.
Manhattan players and coaches made many trips to the mound Friday night seemingly due in part to Enid's base running, and its pitchers spent many throws checking Enid's baserunners.
In the top of the seventh, Seng used his speed once again, scoring one of two runs in the inning that padded the victory for the Majors (30-5-1). Enid's Trent Hulse scored the other run in that inning on a single, a stolen base and two passed balls.
Epps took a different route to becoming a factor late in the game for Enid.
Relieving Enid starting pitcher Kyle Lewis, who picked up the win in 32?3 innings of work, Epps finished the game on the mound. Epps picked up the save and tallied three strikeouts in 31?3 innings to protect a 6-5 Enid lead.
The Enid AAA American Legion team's game with Edmond Memorial was postponed to Sunday due to early morning rains at the ballpark.
MANHATTAN (Kan.) 8, WICHITA (Kan.) 0
Wichita first baseman Mike Clark didn't get charged with an error when he dropped a foul ball by Manhattan's Jason Peloquin with two outs in the bottom of the second inning.
The drop proved costly nonetheless.
Peloquin sent the next pitch into right field for a two-RBI single to give Manhattan all the offense it would need. Manhattan added another three runs in the second inning to take a commanding, 5-0 lead.
Manhattan center fielder Tyler Cox ended the game in a run rule with a walk-off RBI triple off the right-field wall that scored Matt Giller.
Edmond Memorial 10, Raytown (Mo) 7
Edmond Memorial withstood Raytown's seventh-inning rally to win the game.
Memorial led 10-3 heading into the seventh but allowed the first four batters of the inning to reach base.
Garrett Richards' solo homer highlighted Memorial's four-run fourth inning.
John Underwood went the distance for Memorial to pick up the win.
By Matt Palmer Staff Writer
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