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July 6, 2012

Legionnaires lose to Edmond Memorial

EDMOND, Okla. — The last time the Stillwater Legionnaire and Edmond Memorial met it ended with Stillwater coach Scott Baugh holding a team meeting for approximately an hour after the Bulldogs pasted the Legionnaires 16-7 at Couch Park.

Since then the Legionnaires have been on a four-game winning streak en route to the Brad Holt Memorial Tournament title.

That streak came to an end Thursday as Stillwater dropped its second game in two weeks to the Bulldogs — this one a 12-11 decision in Edmond.

“They’re a good club,” Baugh said. “They do a good job and they do things right. I felt like the first time that we played them that we didn’t play up to our capabilities, and that’s what I wasn’t very pleased with. But I felt like the last five games that we are starting to play a lot better. We gave it a lot better effort tonight and that’s all that you can ask for.”

Edward Layton went 4-for-5 and Glencoe native Nathan Melton helped spark the Stillwater offense with a home run in the ninth, but in the end Edmond Memorial’s offense was too much for the Legionnaires.

“It’s going to be tough to win every single game from here on out,” Baugh said. “That’s just baseball. You win some, you lose some and some get rained out. When you play 40 or 50 games a summer, you’re not going to win all of them.”

The Bulldogs struck first in the bottom of the first before eventually expanding their lead to 9-3 late.

That’s when Stillwater’s offense came to life, closing the gap to 12-11 in the ninth. The Legionnaires weren’t able to push the tying run across after Melton’s home run.

“We got down early, but we finally woke up and started playing baseball,” Stillwater assistant coach Jacob Vogt said.

Stillwater had its four-game winning streak snapped with the loss, but since the team meeting Baugh has said he’s seen a lot of improvement in the team.

“After that first time we played Edmond Memorial, I felt like we weren’t giving the effort we needed,” Baugh said. “We needed to do something to wake them up and making them run a little bit was something that I decided to do, and it has seemed to have worked. Hopefully that’s all we needed. I don’t know if they quite understood that I do want them to go out and play hard and I do want them to give it their best effort, and we seem to be doing that right now. I’m very proud of them and very pleased with how they’ve responded to that little meeting that we had.”

After a dominating performance in the Brad Holt Memorial Tournament against Ada, Oilton native Jordan Poole took the loss for the Legionnaires.

The Legionnaires had Friday off before traveling to Lawton for a three-way with Lawton and Ardmore Saturday.

Baugh said the biggest challenge for his team will be forgetting the second straight loss to Edmond Memorial and focusing on Lawton and Ardmore.

“We’re doing a lot better,” Baugh said. “You have to have a very short memory playing this game. It’s not like football, where you play one game a week to where winning is so important and losing is so important that you dwell on it for a whole week. In baseball, you have to have a lot shorter memory and you’ve got to put it behind you. You just have to move on, and that’s what we’ve got to do.”

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