Stillwater News Press


July 9, 2012

Legionnaires offense comes to life in blowout

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Legionnaires entered Monday’s game against Oklahoma City Brassfield riding a three-game losing streak and were without key players. Stillwater made due with what it had in a 13-1 run-rule victory.

“This is a big one especially after losing three in a row,” assistant coach Jacob Vogt said. “This is one of the set-back games right before playoffs that we needed.”

For the third straight game the Legionnaires were without head coach Scott Baugh and starting shortstop Brady Baugh, who is recovering from mononucleosis. Assistant coach Jacob Vogt led the team. Stillwater’s Dalton Dowling replaced Brady Baugh at short and Scott Pickle of Guthrie led off.

Starting first baseman Hayden Seifert of Guthrie was also out. Blaze Hastings of Guthrie got the start. Jordan Poole was also injured, leaving the Legionnaires with four bench players.

After getting off to slow starts in the last three games, the Legionnaires started quickly, posting three runs on four hits. Dowling and Glencoe’s Nathan Melton hit RBI singles. Edward Layton of Pioneer hit a sacrifice fly.

“We were just seeing the ball really well today,” Stillwater outfielder Kyle Collins of Morrison said. “We just had a good turnaround since the (Brad Holt) tournament. We are hitting the ball a lot better. When you hit like that, no one can beat you.”

The Legionnaires started innings strong as all six leadoff batters reached and scored. At least five batters came to the plate each inning, including all nine in the bottom of the sixth. Stillwater scored six runs on nine hits after three innings, recording 18 for the game.

Melton made his first start since pitching in the Brad Holt Memorial Tournament championship game on July 1. In the first two innings, Melton held Brassfield’s bats in check only allowing two hits.

“If we had that performance every time, that would be the best,” Vogt said. “That was the best hitting and pitching performance that we’ve had.”

Melton said he felt good on the mound.

“I was hitting my spots like I was supposed to,” Melton said. “I was throwing like how I wanted to throw. Hitting my spots and doing my job.”


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