LARRY LARKIN

Progress Correspondent



The Rogers County Rangers used a seven-run, second-inning rally Sunday to top off a full weekend of American Legion baseball at Legion Field.

The Rangers rocked the Oklahoma City Spivey All-Stars, 12-3.

It was the start of the summer season for the Rangers as they won two of three games.

"Of course it would have been good to win all three," coach Todd Bingham said after Sunday's game. "But we were playing two real good teams. Spivey is much better than they showed, but we are also going to be good. I am pleased with the way we played."

In a pair of games on Saturday, the Rangers lost, 7-6 to Fayetteville, Ark., and then came back to squeeze Spivey, 6-5. Between the two Ranger contests, Spivey upended Fayetteville, 4-2. It was the Arkansas team's first defeat in 11 games.

The Rangers started each of their games fast, scoring nine first inning runs.

On Sunday the first three batters singled and then scored. Justin Edwards' hit to right field allowed Vincent Pironti and J.C. Chaisson to put the first two runs on the board. Edwards scored on a single by Jeff Bradshaw.

All suspense ended as the Rangers sent 11 batters to the plate in the second inning. Seven of them scored and the home team had a 10-1 edge.

A hard smash to the left field corner, which Curt Simpson turned into a triple, produced two runs.

Getting more than enough hitting support, starting pitcher Josh Beal went five strong innings. He struck out the first three batters he faced. He finished with six strikeouts while allowing two runs on four singles and a double, and he issued one walk.

"I was feeling plenty strong before we started, and the first inning was certainly a confidence builder,” the big righthander said. "Then our guys came out swinging the bats for a quick lead."

Edwards was asked about his two-run first inning single. But he was more interested in talking about his Ranger teammates.

"We are going to have a good team," the Oologah product said. "We have players from (high school) Class 6A, 5A and 4A teams, and we are coming together."

Wet grounds delayed Friday night's scheduled start for the Rangers. It was then announced that Spivey and the Rangers would play two games Sunday, but upon Spivey's request prior to Sunday's first game, it was agreed to play one nine-inning contest. It was stopped after 6 1/2 innings on the run rule.

After committing two errors in the loss to Fayetteville in the first game, the Ranger defense had none in the next two outings.

Bingham's squad was missing three players as the season started. Each is on school -ending vacations.

The Rangers will be at home Wednesday, meeting Bartlesville at 7 p.m.