Enid Majors ace Tyler Fleming will be going for Enid Wednesday when the Majors travel To Edmond Memorial for an 8 p.m. game. Fleming and the Majors host Oklahoma City Reynolds at 8 tonight. (Staff Phto by ANDY CARPENEAN)

By Bruce Campbell

Staff Writer



Enid's Majors won't be easing into next week's American Legion baseball zone playoffs at Stillwater.

Enid, 41-10 and riding an 10-game winning streak, will begin a five-day, five-game stretch tonight by hosting Oklahoma City Reynolds at 8 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

The Majors will be at Edmond Memorial at 8 p.m. Wednesday and will host the defending state champion Edmond Stars at 8 p.m. Friday and Wag-oner in a 6 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.

"I think this will be our toughest week of competition all year,'' said Enid coach Bill Mayberry. "It's going to be a good test before the postseason."'

Mayberry doesn't know if Reynolds will bring its Connie Mack or Legion team tonight. Enid is 1-1 against Reynolds, having lost to them 4-2 at the Midwest City Tournament and beating them 4-3 in Oklahoma City last month.

Matt Peck (8-1, 2.42 ERA) will get the start for the Majors, who are riding a 10-game winning streak after sweeping a three-game series against Bartlesville last weekend.

"We're playing well,'' Mayberry said, "but in baseball things can change real quick. We have to keep our consistency and keep playing good defense."'

Kyle Lewis and Skyler Foster, who weren't certified for the playoffs, have joined the Enid Pilots for their postseason.

The seven Enid AAA players who were certified for both the AAA and the Majors will be in uniform.

John Dillingham, one of those seven, will be sitting out the second game of a suspension from being ejected during the AAA district series with Bartlesville Saturday. That would make him eligible for the AAA's state tournament opener Thursday, Mayberry said.

The AAA's first-round opponent will be announced today.

The Majors shouldn't lack motivation against either Edmond team.

Memorial beat Enid 7-6 in a chaotic play in the finals of the Enid American Legion Fourth of July Tournament. The Stars beat the Majors twice in the championship round of the state tournament a year ago.

"It will be a good week for us to play solid baseball,'' Mayberry said. "It shouldn't be that emotional. It will be all about execution."'

Tyler Fleming (10-1, 2.96 ERA) is scheduled to pitch against Edmond Memorial while Tyson Seng (8-1, 1.43 ERA) will pitch against the Stars. Peck and Fleming are scheduled to pitch against Wagoner.

With the AAA's being in their state tournament, Enid will only have 11 available players for the weekend games.

The Majors are hitting .343 as a team.

Enid has nine hitters batting over .335 -- Thomas Willson (.415, 32 RBI, three home runs), Fleming (.397, 18 RBI), Schyler Burns (.378, six home runs, 39 RBI), Austin Box (.377, two home runs, 20 RBI), Zach Berg (.369, seven home runs, 35 RBI), Kurt Elliott (.369, 32 RBI, one home run), Seng (.347, one home run, 15 RBI), Trent Hulse (..340, two home runs, 33 RBI) and Jordan Kliewer (.337, three home runs, 33 RBI).

The Majors have an ERA of 2.25.

The staff has shown remarkable control.

Fleming has 61 strikeouts to 11 walks in 682?3 innings. Seng has 44 strikeouts to 13 walks in 491?3 innings. Peck has 74 strikeouts to 15 walks in 662?3 innings.

Reliever Shawn Epps, 7-2 with six saves and a 2.10 ERA, has 46 strikeouts to 13 walks in 462?3 innings.



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