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July 31, 2012

Stillwater Legionnaires pound Ada in state tournament

OKLAHOMA CITY — It seems like all season, Stillwater Legionnaires’ coach Scott Baugh has been waiting for his team to play a flawless game.

Tuesday in the opening round of the American Legion state tournament, Baugh’s wish for a perfect game came true as the Stillwater Legionnaires pounded Ada 10-0 at Jim Wade Stadium.

“I’ve always thought all summer that we’ve got talent on this team,” Baugh said. “If they ever just go out and play the way they’re capable of playing, they’re capable of doing something like this. Today they certainly showed that they’re capable of playing very good baseball.”

The Legionnaires were led by Edward Layton, who threw a complete game one-hit shutout. Layton also struck out seven while issuing three walks. He was also 2 for 3 with an RBI at the plate.

“To throw a complete game one-hitter in the state tournament was pretty impressive,” Baugh said. “He did a great job. He just pitched well — pitched to hitters, kept them off balance — and he just did a great job. I was really proud of him.

“Not only did we pitch well, we hit the baseball well and we played good defense. We just put a whole ballgame together and did everything well. In my opinion, this was the best game we played all summer.”

Layton may have kept the Ada bats in check — only allowing a double to Phillip Langley in the second inning — but he also had plenty of offensive support.

Stillwater pounded out 13 hits in the win, including a 3 for 4 performance by Hennessey’s Brady Baugh. Baugh, who has been battling mononucleosis, also drove in four runs — including two off a single to right in the Legionnaires’ four-run third inning.

“Brady had a good day today,” the Stillwater coach said. “He has had some problems with mono and being sick, and he’s been fighting through all that.

“He hit a couple ground balls that got through for base hits and had another big hit that put us up 3-0 at the time. He made a good play up the middle defensively, so he had a really good ballgame.”

Stillwater struck first in the bottom of the first inning. Following a single by Weston Ward of Perry, Dalton Dowling — the lone Stillwater native on the squad — walked and Hayden Seifert was hit by a pitch to load the bases for Layton. Layton helped his own cause with a one-out single to center to score Ward, giving the Legionnaires a 1-0 lead after one inning.

Baugh’s two-run single with the bases loaded then scored Layton and Seifert, C.J. Blansett also singled home a run before an error allowed Baugh to score as Stillwater grabbed a 5-0 lead.

Stillwater added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth — including one off a single by Kyle Collins of Morrison — before Baugh’s third single of the game scored Nathan Melton of Glencoe and Layton in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

Next, the Legionnaires will face the Oklahoma Outlaws at 8 p.m. Wednesday.

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