Stillwater Majors coach Todd Smalley says a team has to have some breaks to win a baseball game.

The Legionnaires had several breaks that led to their 8-7 win over Mustang on Saturday at Couch Park Diamond.

The game-winning hit was Garrett Field’s three-run home run in the eighth of the nine-inning contest. Field, who was 0-for-4 to that point, hit a ball that bounced on the top of the right-field wall and went over to give the Legionnaires their first and only lead of the night.

“It seems like that’s all my home runs,” Field said. “I don’t have enough power to get it over, just enough power to get it on top of the wall.”

Stillwater (9-2) also benefitted from a break in the sixth inning. With one out, Trent Sorrell hit a double and scored on Ryan Schoonover’s triple.

Mustang (10-19) argued that Schoonover had missed second base on the play. He admitted after the game he had missed first.

He later scored on a Travis Hulet groundout. Had the Boomers checked first base, Schoonover would have been out and the game would have been tied after Field’s home run.

But Schoonover contributed more than just a controversial triple to the win. He went 4-for-5 with a double, two RBIs and three runs scored.

“He started slowly, but he’s played really well in the last six or seven games he’s played,” Smalley said. “He has played his way into the lineup.”

Schoonover said it was fun being on a team of players he didn’t know that well.

“This is the first time I haven’t played with the same group of guys in like eight years,” the recent Stillwater High graduate said. “We get along and we joke together. Our chemistry is really good.”

Other than Schoonover, only one Legionnaire had multiple hits — Terry Smalley was 2-for-3 with a double.

Shutdown man

Stillwater trailed 8-5 when Travis Hulet came to the mound from right field to start the seventh. The Boomers had managed six hits off starter Brandon Underwood and reliever Travis McCollom up to that point. Hulet threw the final three innings, giving up one hit and one walk while striking out four.

Where is blue?

The start of the game was delayed 30 minutes when the umpires failed to show up. A reserve was called in and showed up just as Todd Smalley was about to get behind the plate himself.

He said Mustang’s coach came to him and asked him to do it to get the contest started.

“I’ve called a lot of ballgames,” Smalley said. “I called college games. It would have given me a birds-eye view you don’t get very often. But I’m glad (the umpire) showed up when he did.”

Looking back

Smalley’s club saw a seven-game winning streak snapped when it dropped an 8-3 decision to Edmond Santa Fe AAA last Monday. Since then, the Legionnaires have won a 26-1 game against Post 12 AAA and the 8-7 game Saturday. They were also up 2-0 in the first inning Friday at Woodward when rain halted play.

“Every once in a while, it doesn’t hurt you to lose a ballgame,” Smalley said. “The kids came out flat (against ESF) and I think it was a situation where they thought they were better than they are and they don’t have to put forth the effort to win. They did put forth the effort (Saturday).”

Up next

Stillwater travels to Midwest City to meet the Oklahoma Bandits Monday at 6 p.m. Then they visit Claremore on Wednesday at 7 p.m. and return home to meet the Edmond Stars Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Brassfield on Friday at 7 p.m.

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