There was little reason to think the Stillwater Majors would see their seven-game winning streak snapped Monday.

The Legionnaires were in the friendly confines of Couch Park Diamond and playing an Edmond Santa Fe AAA team that was just 6-4 coming in.

But Santa Fe dominated Stillwater, 8-3, to hand the Legionnaires their first loss since a season-opening 9-2 home setback by the Oklahoma Outlaws.

“We have been playing really good all year,” said second baseman Seth Aufleger, whose club hosts Post 12 Thursday for a nine-inning game at 7 p.m. “The first game we weren’t really ready and (the Outlaws) had played (five) games. (Monday) we had an off night. After winning seven in a row, we were due for an off night.”

Stillwater coach Todd Smalley gave Santa Fe pitcher Adam Braly credit for the Legionnaires being outhit 11-5.

“That was a pretty good pitcher who (dominated) us,” Smalley said. “We really didn’t play like we’re capable of, but we’ll bounce back. The kids get to thinking they’re better than they are and that they’re invincible. Then someone comes in and just whips their butt.”

Two of Stillwater’s three runs came on a strange play in the second inning.

With two outs and Aufleger on first after being hit by a pitch, Garrett Field singled to put runners on the corners. During Shane Cameron’s ensuing at-bat, both Aufleger and Field scored. Aufleger was coming home when catcher Josh Rosecrans dropped the ball but still tried to block the plate. Aufleger ran over him and Field scored from first when Santa Fe fielders didn’t go get the loose ball.

“I was attempting a slide and I didn’t mean to hit him, but my knee kind of hit him in the head,” Aufleger said. “It all worked out good for the team.”

Smalley said Aufleger was going to slide, but Rosecrans ran into him.

The other bizarre event came in the fourth inning, when Santa Fe batted out of turn for the third time, but got caught for the first time.

Zak Walbergh was the No. 9 batter on the official lineup, but was hit in the eight hole in the second, third and fourth innings, switching spots with Adam Richison, who should have been eighth but went ninth.

Richison led off the fourth by reaching on an error and leadoff batter Eric Sample followed with a bunt single. Smalley pointed out the lineup discrepency to umpires Chris Evans and Curt Schmidt, who called Walbergh out, returned Richison to first and made Sample re-hit. Sample again bunted for a single.

Santa Fe coach Josh Raney said there was “miscommunication between my lineup card and the one we wrote in the dugout.”

“I made a change without telling my assistant coach and we didn’t correct it,” Raney said. “That’s what they were going off about.”

Smalley said he couldn’t remember seeing a team bat out of order in a game aside from 10-and-under ball.

“When Andrew (Pool) pointed it out, I said, ‘Are you sure?’” Smalley said. “You don’t go out there and look like an idiot for nothing.”

Stillwater’s final run came on routine plays in the seventh, which Field led off with a single. He stole second, took third on Terry Smalley’s groundout and scored on Travis Hulet’s sacrifice fly.

Field was the only Legionnaire with multiple hits, going 2-for-3.

His cousin, Taylor Field, fell to 1-1 on the mound, where he gave up eight runs on nine hits in 32⁄3 innings. Jared Shelton allowed only two hits while striking out four in 31⁄3 innings.



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