By Bruce Campbell Staff Writer



The Enid Major American Legion baseball team is finding new ways to win ball games.

The Majors were held to four hits by Wichita, Kan., Gators pitcher Alex Kruse. Still, Enid was able to score two runs on squeeze plays and another on an infield out to beat the upset-minded Wichita AAA team 5-1 at the Enid American Legion Fourth of July Tournament at David Allen Memorial Ballpark Saturday.

Matt Peck and Shawn Epps combined for a six-hitter, as the Majors raised their record to 31-5-1. They will take a nine-game winning streak against Edmond Memorial at 7:45 tonight in the final game of the tournament.

With a win, the Majors would clinch the tournament championship.

Kruse had a no-hitter until the fourth inning when Enid was able to tie the game at 1 on a double by Kurt Elliott, an infield out and a sacrifice fly by Schyler Burns.

Enid's speed took over in the fifth when the Majors broke the game open with four runs.

A single by Shawn Epps, a walk to Jordan Kliewer and a single by Tyson Seng produced one run. Two more came home on successful squeeze plays by Trent Hulse and Elliott. Thomas Willson brought in Hulse, who reached on an error on an infield out.

Kruse kept the Majors off balance by effectively changing speeds. He retired the last eight hitters.

"It was good for us to get an opportunity to execute that squeeze bunt because we know we're going to need it in some big ball games later on," said Enid coach Bill Mayberry.

"Their pitcher did an outstanding job. I understand he pitched the Class 5A state championship game in Kansas. ... When he needed to throw it slower, he did. He would shorten up and not put the ball fat in the zone. The coach had been telling me they were saving him for this game. When you're winning a few games like we have been, you're going to see everybody's best."

Peck had a slow start, allowing three hits in the first two innings. The Gators scored their only run in the second. Peck struck out seven before giving way to Epps in the seventh.

"My arm felt a little dead at first, but after it loosened up a bit," Peck said. "I just started finding the zone. It all worked good, We got the W. They have good sticks. I probably just caught them on an off night."



Enid AAA 5, Manhattan, Kan., 4



Enid scratched out a run in the top of the seventh and held on for a 5-4 victory over Manhattan, Kan.

John Dillingham had three hits and drove in three runs for Enid.

Chris O'Brien picked up the win in relief.



Enid AAA 4, Raytown,Mo., 3



The Enid AAA American Legion team defeated Raytown, Mo., 4-3 behind the strong pitching of Dillingham.

The left-hander scattered eight hits while fanning six and walking just one in the complete-game effort.

Mason Banner knocked in two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly.

Jesse Pitts had two hits and drove in a run in Enid's six-hit attack.



Edmond Memorial 11, Wichita, Kan., 3



Dillon Doak and Steve Carlin homered for the Bulldogs. Edmond Memorial scored four runs in the fourth, three in the third and two in the first and fifth to win the game on the eight-run rule after five innings.

Doak scored three runs on the strength of a double and a walk. He also drove in two runs.

Connor Farris threw a strong game, allowing only three hits while striking out six.

Tabish O'Keefe drove in three runs with a double and a single and scored twice.



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