Stillwater News Press


July 21, 2012

Legionnaires' errors prove costly, swept by Ada

ADA, Okla. — The visiting Stillwater Legionnaires spent all 14 innings of their Saturday doubleheader with the Ada Post 72 Braves looking for one big hit.  But that hit never came, as the Braves capitalized on clutch pitching performances from Tyler Robinson and Dakota Schafer and critical Stillwater errors to sweep the Legionnaires, 1-0 and 8-1 Saturday at East Central University.

The Braves' two wins snapped six-game losing streak and finally pushed the defending Oklahoma American Legion champions to the double-digit mark in victories this summer at 11-23.  Stillwater left town at 13-23.

"I felt like both of my starting pitchers (Nathan Melton in Game 1 and Jordan Poole in Game 2) did a good job," Stillwater coach Scott Baugh said.  "Ada played well and got some key hits.

"We had our chances," he added.  "Didn't get a bunt down one time and we couldn't get hits with runners in scoring position."

Eight of Ada's nine runs in the twinbill were unearned — including the only run in Game 1, which made the ultimate tough-luck loser of  Melton.  The Stillwater right-hander from Glencoe no-hit the Braves through four innings but trailed 1-0 heading to the fifth, when Caleb Dubler's two-out single broke up the no-hitter and was the only hit allowed by Melton.

Melton struck out six in six innings. His counterpart Robinson allowed just four hits and worked out of big jams.  

Another threat occurred in the seventh when Edward Layton of Pioneer and Weston Ward of Perry hit singles. Reed Roberts of Guthrie followed with a groundball that went down the third base line caroming off the base for a single to load the bases. Robinson made Claytin Beaver of Glencoe his eighth strikeout victim and got Hayden Seifert of Guthrie to ground out on a 3-1 count for the final out.

Ada's only run came in the fourth without benefit of a hit. Nolan Fanning led off by drawing a four-pitch walk, and attempted to steal second as Schafer struck out. Beaver’s throw to second sailed into centerfield allowing Fanning to take third. Fanning scored the game's only run on Tim Johnson's dribbler to first base.

In the second game, the Braves only outhit the Legionnaires 8-7 but Ada's defense turned in a couple of key double plays and Stillwater left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth.

The Legionnaires also committed three huge errors — one in the third to fuel a three-run Ada rally and two in the sixth to gift-wrap four runs that finally put the game away.

Robert Forrest writes for The Ada News.

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