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July 6, 2012

Legionnaires to visit Lawton in three-way

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Legionnaires hope to get back on the winning side as they play two games at Lawton on Saturday starting at noon.

Coach Scott Baugh said Lawton is a good ball club and expects it will be a good matchup.

“They have a couple of pitchers that aren't bad,” Baugh said. “They swing the bat well. If we don’t show up, we will be in trouble. We will have to play our best.”

Stillwater is coming off a 12-11 loss to Edmond Memorial which ended its four-game winning streak. Despite the loss, the Legionnaires improved after Edmond beat them 16-7 a couple weeks ago.

“I think we are competing a lot better than we were,” Baugh said. “Hopefully we can end the summer on a good note.”

Baugh said he should have plenty of arms for Saturday because most of his pitchers haven’t thrown since last weekend’s Brad Holt Memorial Tournament.

“(Edward) Layton should be ready,” Baugh said. “(Nathan) Melton should be good. (Jared) Bartmann should get us some innings. Jordan (Poole) started last night and probably won't be available.”

Layton pitched a complete game shutout in his last outing against the Cleveland County Shockers Saturday. Melton pitched in Sunday’s championship game and kept the Legionnaires in the game. Bartmann’s last start was on Friday night of the tournament, where he earned a victory in three innings pitched.

Stillwater’s offense has taken off the last five games, as it is averaging nine runs per game. In three games the team scored 10 or more runs. All nine starters scored at least one run.

“We are seeing (the ball) well,” Baugh said. “Hopefully they continue to do that. That's something that can change. If you face a good pitcher, you might not produce as much.”

The Legionnaires return home July 9 to face Oklahoma City Brassfield at 6:30 p.m.

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