By Bruce Campbell Staff Writer
"Those base on balls will kill you."'
It's been more than 60 years ago the late Frankie Frisch, the manager of the 1934 World Champion St. Louis Cardinals, said that well-known clich?, but it's even more true today.
Just ask Enid AA American Legion coach James Peoples, whose team faces Oologah at 2 p.m. today in the first round of the state AA tournament at Bartlesville.
"We haven't been able to find anyone who has consistently thrown strikes,'' said Peoples, whose team will take a 20-16 record into the tournament. "You can't hardly defend walks."'
Right-hander Tobin Mateychick will get the assignment on the mound against Oologah. Enid has not played Oologah this season. A scheduled game between the two teams at the Claremore Tournament was rained out.
"Right now I think he's going to give us the best chance to win,'' Peoples said of Mateychick. "He's a good competitor. If he goes out and throws strikes, he'll give us a chance to win."'
With Enid adding a AAA team, the AA's have been much younger than years past. Peoples has only two 16-year- olds on the team.
"They have come a long way this year,'' Peoples said. "They learned the game and they have gotten better mentally and physically. If we can get them to throw strikes, play some defense, hit the ball and get a little luck, we'll see what happens.
"They are playing better, but I don't think we have played the best they can play. Now is the time for us to get it together. If we jell at the right time ...."'
Third baseman Dylan Nave is hitting over .375 for the AA's. First baseman Zach Gonzalez, center fielder Brett Kenaga and right fielder Seth Sturgeon have swung hot bats as well.
The rest of the lineup will have Cody Passmore catching, Mikey Bretado at short, Nathan Nance at second and Clint Chelf in left.
Nave or Brandon Martens would be pitching the second game of the double elimination tournament Friday.
Enid is in the same bracket as Alva and Claremore. The AA's are 3-1 against Alva and 1-1 against Claremore.
Shattuck, which plays Bartlesville at 8 tonight, is the tournament favorite, according to Peoples.
"They got a little all-star team from northwest Oklahoma,'' he said. "They are three to four pretty good arms. They are going to be tough."'
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