ENID, Okla. — Chris Jensen's last game as the Enid Majors coach certainly didn't lack excitement.
Jensen confirmed he was leaving as the Majors coach after his team was eliminated by the DFW Twins, 10-7, at the AABC South Plains Regional Tournament Friday evening at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
The Twins broke a 7-7 tie with three runs in the bottom of the sixth. Twins reliever Dylan Hill threw a scoreless seventh to preserve the victory.
"I want to get away from baseball and do some other things,'' said Jensen, who had coached the team since 2010. "I'll probably follow the kids around to their events and do a little farming.''
Before his departure, Jensen's final game was filled with intense moments.
• Catchers Logan Rutledge of Enid and Caleb Rodriguez of the Twins were ejected in the fourth inning after jawing at one other.
• Enid's Gage Ninness was thrown out trying to steal home in the sixth. If he was successful, the Majors would have taken an 8-7 lead.
• Enid's Maddux Mayberry, the fifth pitcher used by Jensen, struck out Luke Adel to end a rally in the sixth, but gave up the three runs in the seventh. Mayberry, brought up from the Enid Plainsmen, ignited the three-run rally in the sixth which tied the game at 7-7 with a double off the left field wall.
• Enid's Connor Gore hit a three-run homer in the first and had a bases-loaded walk in the sixth which tied the game.
"You think of all the stuff that happen in that game,'' Jensen said. "There was a lot of weird stuff taking place in the middle and we kind of lost flow of the game. We put up seven runs and that should be enough, but it wasn't enough today.''
Jensen, after using his top three pitchers (Brett Russell, Bradan Pierce and Garrett DeHaas) the first two days of the tournament, decided to go with a "Johnny Wholestaff approach.'' The five Enid pitchers gave up nine walks and eight hits.
Hayden Priest, noted for control, was lifted in the third after a walk, a hit batsmen and a single and a throwing error. Warren was two for three and scored three runs. He had an RBI single in the fourth.
Chase Keeton drove in four runs, including a two-RBI single in the third which put the Twins up 4-3 and another two-RBI single in the fourth which put the Twins up 7-3.
Warren opened the Twins sixth with a single and was sacrificed to second by Brady Evans. Keeton walked and Dylan Hill tripled down the third base line to score Warren and Keeton. Hill came home on a balk.
"That was a great team,'' Jensen said of the Twins. "My brain right now is a little scrambled for everything that went on. We started Hayden because he had been throwing strikes all summer. He just got tired at the end. That was a tough loss, but when I look back on it, I will think of all the good times that we had.''
The game, though, might have been decided in the top of the sixth when the Majors appeared to be building momentum.
Mayberry doubled off the left field wall, went to third on a Ambren Voitik single and scored on a wild pitch. Maison Steelmon followed Voitik with a single. Ninness singled in Voitik. That brought in reliever Evans, who walked Jordan Coffey and Gore to bring in a run.
Evans retired Camden Periman on a popup and struck out Russell. Jensen, with Cale Savage at the plate, decided to gamble. Ninness tried to steal home but was tagged out at the plate.
"The guy (Evans) was really slow out of the windup,'' Jensen said. "He then sped up his windup. You have to give them credit for them making that play. You can't take anything away from them.
"That was on me. It was high risk, high rewards. Our guys fought hard. I'm looking forward to watching these guys in high school and the ones that are going to NOC Enid. They are getting a bunch of good guys.''
Gore's three-run homer scored Voitik, who had singled and Steelmon, who had walked.
"That gave us a lot of momentum,'' Jensen said.
Steelmon cut the lead to 7-4 in the fifth when he walked, went to second on an error, stole third and scored on a two-out single by Russell.
Savage opened the seventh with a single but Voitik was robbed by a diving catch by Warren.
The two teams had been warned by umpires for early jawing. Things had heated up when Rutledge and Rodriguez exchanged words when Rodriguez was stepping in and out of the plate. Rutledge's ejection forced Jensen to have to go with third-string catcher Coffey.
"Their guy wouldn't get back in the box,'' Jensen said. "We asked him to get back in the box. He didn't like us telling him what to do. They just got into it verbally. Both benches had been warned once for jawing back and forth. It was an unfortunate incident. We lost a good player.''
The Majors finished the season at 21-7.
Jensen said he was proud of the local players who spent all summer at the ballpark and out-of-towners like Ninness, who made a four-hour round trip almost daily from Newcastle to play.
"They made a lot of sacrifices,'' Jensen said. "A lot of people in the stands don't see that. They can be proud o them. I feel good about the season, but I felt we were hurt by the dead period (first week of July). We lost some momentum then.''
Bill Mayberry, who preceded Jensen as the Majors coach, praised Jensen's service. Jensen took the Majors to back-to-back Connie Mack state titles in 2015 and 2016.
"He did a great job,'' Mayberry said.
The Twins will play the Dallas Mustangs Carpenter at 11:15 a.m. Saturday. The Southwest Shockers and D-Bats, who were playing late Friday, will meet again at 3:45 p.m. in the Bracket B. There will be another game at 8:45 p.m., but that will depend on Saturday's results.
The Oklahoma Drillers stayed alive by beating the Prime Cavemen, 5-4 in 10 innings. Drummond's Brandon Coontz scored the winning run in the 10th when he singled and scored on a double by Coby Grimsely.
"It's awesome,'' Coontz said. "It's nice to rally back like that and get a win.''
The Drillers will face Seng MVP and the Frozen Ropes will face Sandlot Ballard Saturday in the Bracket A semifinals. The times will depend on the results of the Seng MVP-Sandlot Ballard game Friday. If Seng MVP wins, they will play the Drillers at 1:30 p.m. If they lose, they will meet the Drillers at 9 a.m.