By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
The turning point of Edmond Santa Fe's 7-3 win over the Enid AAA American Legion baseball team Monday night might have happened 16 years or so ago.
Santa Fe pitcher Adam Braly was born in Enid, but his family moved away when he was three months old.
The AAA's no doubt wished he hadn't moved after Braly allowed only four hits in eight innings while striking out seven, walking one and hitting another Monday night.
"I was feeling pretty good out there," Braly said.
"He was throwing strikes," said Enid assistant coach Dennom Sullivan, who ran the team in place of head coach Scott Baugh. "At this level, if you can get ahead in the count, you're going to be successful. He threw his off-speed stuff well."
Baugh was coaching his son Brady's team Monday.
Braly was involved in the controversial play of the game.
Enid, down 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh, had the bases loaded with Bobby Cossin at the plate.
Cossin hit the ball to Santa Fe first baseman Rick Hawkins, who had to go to his left. Hawkins tossed the ball to Braly, who tossed the ball back to the pitcher's mound after tagging first.
Umpire Jay Staude, who called the game by himself from behind home plate, called Cossin safe. Chris O'Brien and Clint Dodds scored before Mason Banner was thrown out trying to score from first.
"It's tough when there's just one umpire out there," Sullivan said. "Mason came in on his own. He thought he could beat it."
Braly saw it another way.
"He was definitely out," he said. "I tossed the ball back, and then he (Staude) said he was safe. We won, that's the important thing."
Braly had allowed only two hits before the seventh, triples by John Dillingham and Cossin. Cossin's triple scored Dodds in the second, but Cossin was thrown out at the plate trying to score.
Braly retired 14 straight batters after Cossin's hit until O'Brien had a two-out single in the seventh.
"Against someone like Braly, you have to earn every hit you can get," Sullivan said.
O'Brien allowed only six hits in eight innings to take loss. Santa Fe scored three runs in the ninth off reliever Banner. O'Brien allowed only two hits in his final six innings. At one time he retired 12 of 13 hitters.
"Chris was getting behind hitters early," Sullivan said. "When he started throwing strike one, he was throwing well. His pitch count was just getting up there."
Santa Fe scored three runs in the second on an RBI single by Chance Nichols, an RBI triple by Austin McClue and an O'Brien wild pitch. Cache Breedlove, who scored Santa Fe's first run, reached on an error.
Santa Fe added another run in the third when Breedlove's sacrifice fly scored courtesy runner Colby McGill.
Catcher Ty Weeden went three for three for Santa Fe, including a two-RBI double in the seventh. He reached base in all five of his at-bats.
The loss dropped the AAA's to 16-9. Enid goes to El Reno for a game tonight.
"We played hard," Sullivan said. "We played better defense than we have the last couple of days. Santa Fe has one of the best teams in the state."
By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
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