ENID — Shane Cameron managed to surprise himself Thursday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

The former Carney High standout pitched the full nine innings as Stillwater beat Bartlesville, 5-2, to advance in the loser’s bracket of the American Legion State Tournament.

“I don’t know how I went nine innings,” Cameron said. “I don’t do that very often.”

Playing in a state-tournament atmosphere is nothing new for Cameron — he helped lead the Bulldogs to eight straight appearances in the Class B State Tournament as a high school athlete.

Thursday, the Connors State signee struck out nine batters and allowed two earned runs, six hits and two walks. Even as the heat began to approach the 100-degree mark, Cameron said he didn’t let it affect his game.

“We’ve played in 100-degree temperatures all summer long — we’re used to it,” Cameron added. “We just got some water or Gatorade in us ... it wasn’t too big of a deal.”

The Indians (44-13) took a 1-0 lead in the second when first baseman Graham Steele hit an RBI single, but the Majors didn’t stay down for long.

With the bases loaded in the bottom of the third, third baseman Cale Ellis drove in three runs with a triple, and he later scored on a wild pitch by Bartlesville’s Adam Hibdon.

An RBI single by Aaron Roberts in the fifth gave Stillwater a 5-2 advantage. After committing five errors in Wednesday’s 12-7 loss to Durant, the Majors had two against the Indians Thursday.

“We played a lot better (Thursday),” Cameron said. “We still had a couple of errors, but we’re feeling pretty confident. Hopefully we can come back and win this dang thing.”

At the plate, Ryan Schoonover, who signed to play the University of Central Oklahoma last week, went 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Garrett Field, a soon-to-be sophomore at Penn State, also went 2-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases.

Demetrius Terronez and Seth Aufleger each went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

With Thursday’s victory, the Majors (35-11) move on to today’s 1 p.m. matchup against Rogers County, who dropped a 9-5 game to defending champion Enid on Thursday night.

Enid and Oklahoma Outlaws meet in the championship semifinal today at 5. The Outlaws beat Durant, who face Mustang in the other elimination game today.

If the Majors beat RC they would play again at 8 p.m. against either Durant or Mustang.

Stillwater has to win the next three games to qualify for Saturday’s championship round.

“If our sticks come alive like they did in the Zone tournament, I really don’t think we can be beat,” Cameron said. “We’re going to have to throw strikes and not give up any errors ... it’ll be tough but we can do it if we play well enough.”

American Legion State Tournament

at Enid • David Allen Memorial Ballpark

Stillwater 5, Bartlesville 2

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(B) Hibdon, Neptune (8) and Kelton, Minton (8). (S) Cameron and Terronez. W-Cameron. L-Hibdon. 3B-(S) Ellis. 2B-(B) Fugett, Vincent, Garrett.

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