LARRY LARKIN

Progress Correspondent



Same song, second verse.

The Rogers County Rangers used the same tune for the second night in a row as they coasted to a lopsided American Legion baseball victory over Okmulgee Saturday at Legion Field.

After rolling to a 17-0 win Friday against the same team, the Rangers bounced right back for a 9-1 Zone Tournament triumph behind the solid pitching of Josh Beal.

By winning both games, the Rangers earned a berth in the Legion's State tournament starting Wednesday.

They will take a 10-game winning streak, and a 30-6 record, into the Enid tournament.

Despite upsetting Salina twice here in weekend games, the Okmulgee Twins were no match for the Rangers.

A three-hit fourth inning produced Okmulgee's lone run, but Beal was in firm control otherwise during his six innings of work. Matt York took over in the seventh.

Beal, in winning his fifth decision, allowed four hits, all singles, and walked one while striking out eight.

The Rangers used the long ball, a home run and five doubles, in Friday’s 17-run rout. On Saturday, they used two doubles and seven singles for all their runs.

Jeff Bradshaw scored three runs and Vincent Pironti and Matt Sparks each knocked in two to lead the offensive unit.

The game was scheduled for nine innings. It was stopped on the run rule after seven when the Rangers’ first four batters came around to score in the top of the inning.

Rogers County was the visitor due to a pre-game coin toss.

When York came on to pitch the bottom of the seventh, he quickly retired the side. He faced four batters, allowing a two-out single.



RANGERS 9, OKMULGEE 1



Rangers 021 002 4 — 9 9 1

Okmulgee 000 100 0 --- 1 5 3

Beal, York (7) and Z.Williams. Everett and Dossey. W — Beal. L — Everett.

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