Stillwater coach J.T. Severe felt like his Pioneer club needed some motivation Thursday.

Even though the Pure Prairie League’s Pioneers had just defeated Santa Fe South, 7-2, at Couch Park, Severe was not pleased with their effort.

Immediately following the game, the Pioneers stayed on the field and went through intense hitting practice for more than an hour.

“(The late-night practice) was just a way to try to get those guys motivated,” Severe said. “Sometimes high-school kids need to be reminded about what is expected of them.”

SFS took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first courtesy of an RBI single by Anthony Cantera, but Stillwater (18-8) scored four runs in the bottom of the inning. However, the Pioneers committed three errors throughout the contest and were outhit, 8-6, by the Saints.

“I’m really not trying to sound cocky, but there’s no reason why we shouldn’t have got the run rule (Thursday),” said Morgan McClellan, who pitched the full seven innings for Stillwater and allowed two runs while striking out six batters.

“We came out really flat and just didn’t take care of business,” Severe said. “It was just a lack of effort and I wasn’t too pleased with it.”

Designated hitter Garrett Callaham led the Pioneers, going 3-for-3 with a double and a run scored. He said the late-night practice was definitely something the team needed.

“We played terrible (Thursday) and luckily we weren’t against an awesome opponent,” Callaham added. “We didn’t play to our potential ... this one should have been over in five (innings).

“We needed (the practice after the game). Bad attitudes aren’t helping us — they’re just getting us into trouble.”

Center fielder Luke Murray went 2-for-4 with a double and a stolen base, and catcher Kale Gaden was 1-for-2. With four games remaining before the PPL State Tournament, the Pioneers hope to have learned a valuable lesson after Thursday’s performance.

“I think we all got the message,” said Pioneer catcher Walker Clarke. “Coach (Severe) got frustrated and it was probably a good thing.

“We only have about two weeks of baseball left and we might as well focus on that and try to win a championship. We came together a little more (Thursday) and it’ll be a different story (tonight).”

Stillwater will face the Oklahoma City Bronchos at Dolese Park at 8 p.m. tonight and will play their final home game of the summer Wednesday against Northeast Classen at 6 p.m.

Not enough time

Due to a two-hour time limit, the Pioneers dropped a 13-9 decision to Mustang on the road Wednesday night.

“I told the (Mustang) coach before the game that we didn’t want a time limit,” Severe said. “It’s their park and their rules, so I guess we have to live with it.”

Stillwater trailed, 11-2, after two innings but came charging back later in the contest and made it a two-run game, 11-9. When Severe’s club went to bat in the top of the sixth inning, trailing 13-9, the umpires called the game because the two hours were up.

“It got heated toward the end because we didn’t want to lose because of a time limit,” Severe said. “We wanted to play the full seven innings to see who the better team was. It was disappointing to me, my players and their parents. Baseball isn’t supposed to be a timed game.”

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