After leading 3-0 going into their final turn at bat, the Enid Majors scored 11 runs to put away the Southern California Renegades and move within one game of the Connie Mack World Series final.

Enid’s big inning on Wednesday was jump started by an unusual suspect. Enid head coach Kris Webb started Carson Benge on the mound, who is also one of the team’s top hitters, leaving the designated hitter spot open after Benge was replaced for closing pitcher Blake Priest in the fourth inning.

Priest was the lead-off hitter going into the sixth inning and battled through a six-pitch at-bat, before eventually making it to base on balls. Webb said the at-bat ignited his team, eventually setting up a six-hit inning that featured four doubles and a triple.

Webb didn’t know what to say after the win.

“It’s just mentally hard for me because I’m absolutely at a loss for words and I usually can flap my mouth,” he said. The blessings the good Lord’s putting on us right now is overwhelming … I just can’t express it.”

The win set the Majors up for a matchup with D-BAT United on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. D-Bat was the only other undefeated team remaining in the tournament, and were the favorites to win it all coming into the tournament.

Priest scored a run on an RBI-single before Ian Daugherty scored another on an RBI-double. The Kingfisher native had three RBI and was three for five at the plate, with two of his hits coming on doubles.

He’s had extra base hits in his last four games at the World Series including two home runs.

“People are gonna get tired of us talking about that kid right? I don’t even know what to say about him other than I’m glad he’s on my team.”

Benge pitched three and two-thirds innings, allowing three hits and no runs while walking one batter and striking out seven. One of the team’s top hitters, Benge also had a good game at the plate, going two for three with two RBIs.

The Majors have now scored 67 runs in their six World Series games, including a three-run game that was called in the second inning due to weather.

D-Bat will have the benefit of coming into the game with a full days rest after making it through pool play with the top seed. The loser of Thursday’s matchup will have to win two more games in order to advance to the finals on Saturday, July 31 at 7:15 p.m.

Thursday’s game will be posted in Saturday’s paper, but will be available online at Friday morning.

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Masri is sports editor for the Enid News & Eagle.

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