A pair of five-run rallies pushed the Rogers County Rangers to an 11-4
American Legion baseball victory over Mustang Sunday at Legion Field.
This completed a most successful weekend as the Rangers swept through four games.
The Rangers racked up 50 runs while holding the opponents to 18 over
the three-day run.
Mustang was a double victim. Sunday's defeat came less than 18 hours after
Ranger catcher Aaron Conger hit a grand slam home run against Mustang
in the bottom of the final inning. It turned a 7-7 tie into an 11-7
The Rangers dropped Joplin, 12-4, earlier Saturday and blistered
Springfield, 16-3, Friday night.
"We had a great weekend," said Ranger head coach Todd Bingham.
The Rangers are now 7-2 as they get ready for their second full week of games. The first comes Tuesday night when the Rangers travel to Bartlesville.
"We switched the top of our batting order and it paid off," Bingham said Sunday.
That it did.
John Chaisson moved to leadoff for both games with Mustang. He reached
base eight times in nine at-bats. On Sunday,
he walked his first three times up and then followed
with a pair of doubles. He scored three runs.
"I didn't realize how many times I was on base until about the last at-bat," Chaisson said. "But its pretty nice. I just go up there and
make the pitcher throw a lot of pitches."
The Ranger center fielder praised his own pitchers.
"Curt (Simpson) pitched well over the first six innings and then (Kyle)
Stafford came in and did really good," he said.
The Rangers took the lead to keep by getting five runs in the sixth. A
run-producing double by Justin Edwards was a key blow, but three Mustang
errors aided the home team.
Mustang was still within reach, 6-4, after batting in the eighth.
But hope ended there for the visitors as the Rangers repeated their sixth-inning
antics in the bottom of the inning. Once again, they sent 10 batters up
and they scored five runs. Only two base hits were recorded, but a stream of
Mustang pitchers issued four walks and hit two batters.
Mustang used six pitchers in the losing game.
The Rangers countered with the "S" Boys. Simpson started and was the
pitcher of record. He allowed five hits and gave up three runs while
striking out four and walking two. Stafford took over in the final
three innings and gave up one run on three hits. He was credited with a
Bingham missed the final three innings. He was tossed out of
the game while arguing with the field umpire on a call that ended his
team's sixth-inning rally.
The Rangers' next two games will be on the road. After going to Bartlesville Tuesday, the Rangers will travel to Enid Thursday. Both games start at 7 p.m. They return home Friday for a 7 p.m. matchup with Northern
Oklahoma College of Enid.
RANGERS 12, JOPLIN 4
Joplin 000 400 — 4 2 1
Rangers 006 033 —12 10 3
Hoag, Yeazey (3) and Schoeberl. York and Conger. W — York. L — Hoag.
HR — Joplin, Myer
RANGERS 11, MUSTANG 7
Mustang 003 211 0 — 7 10 1
Rangers 011 041 4 — 11 12 1
Tidhalm, Teter (6), Crossleg (9) and Hunter. Sparks and Conger. W — Sparks. L — Crossleg.
HR — Mustang, Igo. Rangers, Beal, Conger.
RANGERS 11, MUSTANG 4
Mustang 000 102 010 — 4 8 4
Rangers 000 015 05X — 11 9 3
Hefta, Grellner (6), Teter (7), Laws (8), McMurphy (8), Ashley (8) and Gee, Hunter (6). Simpson, Stafford (7) and Conger. W — Simpson. L — Grellner. Save — Stafford.