ENID — It’s over for the Rogers County Rangers.

Their American Legion baseball season came to a close Sunday in the finals of the Majors State Tournament at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

The Enid Majors, defending national champions, banged out 16 hits to roll over the Rangers, 12-6, and advanced to this week’s Mid-South Regional in Crowley, La.

The temperature at game time was 104 degrees.

Derick Jantz, an Enid AAA pitcher making his first start with the Majors, worked seven innings and earned the victory. The Cimarron High School junior righthander allowed three runs on six hits with two walks and five strikeouts before departing. The defense helped out, turning a pair of double plays, including one in the sixth inning when the Rangers had the bases loaded with one out.

Tournament Most Valuable Player Austin Box had three hits to lead Enid. He finished the tournament with nine hits in 15 at-bats with nine RBIs. Cole Whatley, second in the MVP race, had two hits and two RBIs in the final. He finished with five hits and nine RBIs, including a grand slam in Enid’s 9-5 win over Rogers County on Thursday.

The Rangers staved off elimination with two victories on Saturday. They upset the pre-tournament favorite Oklahoma Outlaws, 9-4, and hammered Durant, 11-1, to earn a berth in the championship game.

The Rangers finished the season, their first in the American Legion Majors division, with a 34-8 record. They lost three of four meetings with Enid. The Outlaws finished with a 66-6 record.

Nine different Enid players got hits and scored runs on Sunday, and seven players drove in runs.

Five Majors collected two hits each.

The Majors, who were making their fourth straight appearance in the championship game, ripped six doubles, including two by Box, all off Rogers County starter Josh Beal, who allowed 10 runs on 13 hits in six innings.

The Majors erupted for five runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-1 lead.

Enid went up 10-2 in the sixth during a rally that included Seng scoring from second base on Jordon Kliewer’s groundout to short. Enid took a 12-3 lead in the eighth.

Rogers County closed the gap in the top of the ninth on a three-run homer to left by Blake Kelley off Tyson Seng.

Seng made two appearances on the mound on Sunday. He walked two straight batters in the eighth before being replaced by Matt Peck. Seng came back to the mound in the ninth and gave up the blow to Kelley before retiring the side.



RANGERS 9, OUTLAWS 4

The Rangers contained the heavy-hitting Outlaws, who entered the tournament with a team batting average of .423 with eight players batting over the .400 mark.

Rogers County lefthander Kyle Head pitched an effective 6 2/3 innings, scattering 10 hits with four walks and five strikeouts before tiring in the top of the seventh.



RANGERS 11, DURANT 1

Josh Beal clobbered a pair of solo homers for the Rangers and finished with three hits and three runs.

The Rangers collected 14 hits in the run-rule victory, including three each by Beal and Vincent Pironti. Kelley and Jeff Bradshaw each had two hits. Zane Williams, Bradshaw and Beal each drove in two runs.

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