STILLWATER, Okla. — On Monday night, Stillwater Legionnaires head coach Scott Baugh said it was up to his players how they respond after a 17-0 loss to Midwest City.
It didn’t take long for coach to get his answer, as the Legionnaires opened the game with three straight hits in an 8-0 run-rule victory over the Stillwater Pioneers Tuesday at Couch Park.
“I’m really proud of how they came out today,” Baugh said. “A complete different ball club than last night.”
The Legionnaires (13-21) had five of its first six hitters reach base. Weston Ward of Perry gave the Legionnaires the lead, scoring on a dropped popup by Rod Todhunter. Nathan Melton of Glencoe expanded the Legionnaires lead in the second with a solo home run to left. Melton hit a RBI-double in the fifth and scored the game-ending run. The Glencoe native went 3 for 4 after going 0 for 3 with three strikeouts in Monday’s loss.
“Nathan hit the ball well,” Baugh said. “He was seeing it really good tonight.”
Edward Layton of Pioneer held the Pioneers bats in check, striking out six in the first four innings. Layton finished the game with seven and threw a shutout in his second straight outing at Couch Park.
Layton said his breaking ball pitches were working well.
“My curveball really saved me in the end,” Layton said. “In the beginning it was my slider. Dalton called some really good pitches.”
The defense made solid plays to get out of innings. Dowell caught a line drive in the second and throw it to Ward to complete a double play. Ward fielded a groundball and throw to shortstop Blaze Hastings to end the Pioneers’ bases-loaded threat. The Legionnaires didn’t commit an error. Stillwater High assistant coach Chance Jeffery who is coaching the team in the summer said the Pioneers weren’t able to get big hits.
“That’s the biggest thing, we had four hits tonight but none of them were timely hits — they were just hits,” Jeffery said. “And that’s the biggest part of winning games, is timely hits.”
The Legionnaires visit Ada on Saturday before re-matching with the Pioneers next Tuesday.