It’s said the team with the best pitching usually wins in baseball.

At least, it was for Enid in the ninth-grade Pure Prairie League semifinals against Stillwater Saturday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

Erick Ramirez allowed seven hits and struck out six in leading Enid (15-10) to a 4-2 victory and a spot in today’s 4 p.m. championship game against Edmond North, which beat Westmoore 9-1 in the other semifinal.

“Ramirez goes out there and competes and wants to win every game,” said Enid coach Dennom Sullivan. “He’s a competitor and he really showed that today.”

“Any time you compete you want to be the best,” said Sullivan. “This is great, but we want to go out and win it. We want to be the one team that didn’t end their season with a loss.”

Ramirez faced a near minimum 14 batters through the first four innings. The Enid bats gave him all the support he needed.

No. 9 hitter Robert Gillis got things going in the second inning when he hit a two-RBI single to left field.

Zach Gonzalez, who led off the inning with a double, and Matt Gilbertson came around to score.

McLain Clemens led off the fourth inning with a double and scored when Grant Ogle got caught in a rundown between first and second, distracting the Stillwater fielders long enough to allow Clemens to cross the plate.

Clemens scored Enid’s final run in the sixth when he led off with a triple and scored on a Gillis’ single to left.

Stillwater stranded runners at first and second in the seventh when Ramirez struck out Frank Arena to end the game.

Enid had nine hits on the game, four going for extra bases.

“We have guys that have been working hard,” said Sullivan. “They’re strong kids that play several sports and compete and work hard.”



Enid Whites in 8th-grade finals



Enid’s Whites beat the Enid Blues 5-3 in an all-city 8th-grade B bracket finals. The Whites will play A bracket champion Norman North at 1 p.m. today in the championship game.

Travis Miller threw a complete game as the Whites raised their record to 16-4.

“It was a team effort all the way,’’ said Whites coach Kurt Elliott. “Travis pitched a good game. We swung the bats well and played good defense.’’

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