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July 20, 2012

Legionnaires travel to Ada for doubleheader

STILLWATER, Okla. — The last time the Stillwater Legionnaires and the Ada Braves met, the Legionnaires dominated in a 10-1 victory during the Brad Holt Memorial Tournament on June 28. Saturday in Ada, Stillwater hopes for a similar result as they rematch in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.

Coach Scott Baugh said he’s confident about his team.

“I think we didn’t play well at all on Monday,” Baugh said. “Tuesday, we played better. If we show up to compete they will do well. We had a long talk about finishing the season strong.”

Stillwater lost 17-0 to Midwest City on Monday, only mustering one hit and allowed three or more runs in three innings. On Tuesday, the Legionnaires rebounded against the Pioneers winning 8-0 and only giving up four hits.

Stillwater will have a much needed bat return to the lineup in Brady Baugh, who hasn’t played since the July 5 game against Edmond Memorial. Brady, the starting shortstop and leadoff hitter missed action due to mononucleosis. Brady is one of the team leaders in hits, runs and steals.

“(Brady) is doing a lot better,” coach Baugh said. “I don’t know if he will play both games but we will throw him out there for one game.”

Baugh says he plans to play most of his roster with temperatures supposed to top the 100 degree mark.

“That’s the only thing I’m concerned about,” Baugh said. “I plan to play a lot of guys in both games.”

Baugh said almost all of his pitchers will be available for both games on Saturday.

“I’m not sure about Eddie (Layton),” Baugh said. “The ones that pitched Monday should be ready. (Jared) Bartmann should be ready. Dalton Dowling hasn’t pitched lately.”

Layton of Pioneer pitched five innings against the high school summer team on Tuesday. Jordan Poole of Oilton who pitched in relief Monday, started last time against Ada and struck out six in a victory. Poole also hit a solo home run. Nathan Melton of Glencoe started Monday’s game and only last 2 1/3 innings in a losing effort. In the last meeting against Ada, Melton had two base hits and a RBI. Bartmann pitched last Saturday against Joplin and earned a win, only allowing two hits. Dowling started against Three Rivers on July 14. The last two games Dowling has been behind the plate at catcher.

Tyler Robinson pitched against the Legionnaires in the last meetings and gave up five runs in three innings. Jordan Scott also pitched in that game.

The Legionnaires (14-21) will return home Tuesday to face the Stillwater Pioneers.

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