After Tuesday’s loss to Edmond Memorial, Stillwater Majors head coach Scott Baugh implored his team to give more effort. Thursday against the defending Brad Holt Champion Ada Braves, the team responded as a five-run third carried Stillwater to a in the tournament opener.
“I’m really proud of the way they played,” Baugh said. “They played hard. That’s all I ask and all I want them to do.”
Hayden Seifert of Guthrie said the talk after Tuesday’s game was what they needed.
“(Baugh) got down on us at the end of the game the other day,” Seifert said. “We kind of got yelled at for an hour after the game. ... We needed that fire underneath our rears to go out and play like we are supposed to.”
The game was the second for Ada, who lost 11-7 to the Cleveland County Shockers.
The Majors broke the game open in the third as the first six batters reached. Stillwater’s use of small ball set up the inning as Scott Pickle of Guthrie and Dalton Dowling of Stillwater hit bunt singles to load the bases.
Hayden Seifert of Guthrie drove in the first run, as Dowling beat a throw to second scoring Brady Baugh of Hennessey. Pickle scored on a wild pitch. RBI singles by Nathan Melton and Edward Layton of Pioneer increased the lead to 5-0. Ten Major batters came to the plate.
“I give credit to the people that got on base,” Seifert said. “They got to get there for me to get the RBI. Everyone was hustling today. If you hustle things will turn out right.”
The Majors snapped a seven game losing streak. Poole said the victory was huge.
“All of our team needed that,” Poole said. “We’ve been in the dumps lately. Coach got on to us. We came out and did our job.”
Stillwater continues play at 8 p.m. Friday against Durant.