ENID — Enid catcher Cole Whatley hit a grand slam home run in the top of the eighth inning Thursday night to help the Majors overcame a 5-1 deficit en route to a 9-5 victory over the Rogers County Rangers in the winners bracket semifinals of the American Legion Majors baseball State Tournament at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

The Rangers still are alive in the double-elimination tournament.

They take on Stillwater at 2:30 p.m. Friday, and a win would advance them into a Friday night game against the winner of Mustang and Durant.

The Majors, 37-19, will face the Oklahoma Outlaws, 64-4, at 5 p.m. Friday in the winners bracket finals.

The Rangers’ Curt Simpson was working on a two-hitter when disaster struck in the eighth.

Tyson Seng hit a one-out single, followed by walks to Thomas Willson and Jordon Kliewer. Austin Box singled to left to score Seng, setting up Whatley’s heroics.

Lefthander Matt York was summoned from the bullpen after the Box single, and Whatley greeted him with a first-pitch slam over the left-field fence.

The Majors added three runs in the ninth. Seng led off with a single and stole second before Willson walked. Seng scored on a double steal when Ranger catcher Aaron Conger overthrew third.

Willson scored on a ground out, and Box doubled ahead of a single by Whatley.

The Rangers out-hit Enid, 11-8, but winning pitcher Seng was able to get the outs when he needed them. The Rangers left 11 runners on base. Seng struck out 10 and retired the last six batters.

The Rangers had a serious threat in the eighth when John Chaisson led off with a single, stole second and went to third when Zane Williams flew out to deep center. Seng, though, struck out Blake Kelley and got Jeff Bradshaw to pop up to end the inning.

The Rangers opened the scoring in the second on back-to-back-to-back doubles by Bradshaw, Josh Beal and Vincent Pironti.

They added two more runs in the third on only one hit. Chaisson walked and went to second on a bunt single by Kelley. Bradshaw walked to load the bases. Beal hit what appeared to be a double-play ground ball to shortstop Josh Moore but second baseman Chad Thies missed the throw, allowing Chaisson and Kelley to score.

Rogers County played long ball to score in the fifth. Zane Williams delivered his second extra-base hit of the night — a triple off the center field fence — to score Beal, who had singled.

Enid got on the board in the sixth when Seng was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a double by Kliewer.

The Rangers loaded the bases in the fourth on a double by Steffon Williams, a walk to Conger and a hit batsman (Chaisson). Seng got out of trouble by striking out Zane Williams and getting Kelley to hit into a force play.

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