That’s how the Bartlesville Doenges Ford Indians swatted the ball during their most dominant season outing in American Legion baseball action.
They battered the ball like a treat-stuffed Pinata while racking up 11 hits and a 17-0 whitewash Sunday of the Ada A’s, in Ada.
Eight different Indians (17-20-1) drove in at least one run, led by Dustin Weiesnbach with three RBIs on a single and a double.
Zach Snow added a triple and single and two RBIs.
Both Caleb Bruce and Matt Skelton lashed a double and plated two runs.
Corey Murphy and Nolan Schaper also each sent two tallies across the plate.
Colton Wilson and Braden Beasley recorded one RBI apiece.
The A’s accumulated just four hits, led by Jacob Jones and Logan Belringer with a double each.
Randsom Jones snapped off the complete-game mound win for Bartlesville. He gave up three walks and whiffed five batters during his 80-pitch masterpiece.
Ada left six runners stranded against Jones.
Earlier on Sunday the Indians didn’t fare as happily — at least not on the offensive side.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Ada Braves broke a 2-2 tie and held on to turn back Bartlesville, 3-2.
Wilson walloped two singles to spearhead the Indians’ five-hit assault at the plate.
Schaper recorded the team’s lone RBI.
Schaper, John Cone and Grant Yardley each contributed a single.
For the Braves, Cole Broughton, Tyler Franks and Logan Bellinger delivered a double apiece.
Yardley fashioned the complete-game six-hitter for Bartlesville. He scattered two walks and rang up five K’s while throwing 84 pitches.
Coty Franks threw most the distance for Ada and earned the win.
Ada 3, Indians 0
Despite a commanding mound presence by Nolan Schaper, the Doenges Ford Indians fell in a fierce Saturday baseball battle against the Ada Braves, 3-0.
Schaper allowed just seven hits and two walks in six innings — while throwing 102 pitches. The Braves scored only two earned runs.
The Indian offense loaded the cannon but never lit the fuse against Ada mound man Gage Allen.
Five different Indians lashed a single — Colt Wilson, Braden Beasley, Matt Skelton, Grant Yardley and John Cone.
Wilson also drew a walk, Dustin Weiesnbach twice reached base on a fielder’s choice, and Beasley put down a sacrifice hit and was hit by a pitch.
But, the Indians (16-18-1) left four runners stranded.
Coty Franks whittled off two hits for Ada.
Braves 8, Indians 6
After spotting the Ada Braves a 5-0 lead in the first inning, the Doenges Ford Indians staged a fiery uprising that nearly dropped the Braves on their heads.
But, Ada held on to win, 8-6, during the second game of an American Legion Baseball doubleheader on Saturday in Ada.
Matt Skelton mashed a double and a single to energize the Bartlesville offensive attack, while Colt Wilson, Braden Beasley, Caleb Bruce, Corey Murphy and Payton McCarty each drove in one run.
Bruce smacked a double for the Indians’ only other extra-base hit.
Dustin Weiesnbach reached base three times and scored twice.
Beasley added two sacrifice hits, Bruce reached twice as a hit batsman and Murphy dropped down a sacrifice bunt.
Zach Snow hurled the distance (107 pitches) for the Indians in the losing outcome. He rang up six strikeouts and scattered 12 hits.
Tyler Franks and Ricky Phillips each drove in two runs for Ada.
The Indians fell to 16-19-1 on the season.
Next up is today’s doubleheader against the Braves, also in Ada. The first pitch is set for noon.
Indians 4, Three Rivers 2
Sometimes one has to wade through the nuances of a plodding plot to arrive at the climactic conclusion.
So it happened on July 12 at Connors State.
For six innings, the host Three River Bandits and visiting Bartlesville Doenges Ford Indians struggled and battled through a scoreless baseball slobberknocker.
Embodyng the fierce efforts for the feisty rivals were pitchers Corey Murphy (Indians) and Cameron Haughey (Bandits).
But, the end proved worth waiting for.
The Indians erupted for four runs in the top of the seventh and held on to scuttle the Bandits, 4-2.
Colt Wilson, Dustin Weiesnbach and Nolan Schaper each drove home a run during the Indians’ winning uprising.
Weiesnbach’s sacrifice fly to plate Wilson pushed the Indians to a 3-0 lead and proved to be the winning run.
Schaper finished with a double and a single to lead Bartlesville’s seven-hit attack for the game.
Branden Calico clobbered three doubles — and drove in both his team’s runs — as a one-man wrecking attack for the Bandits.
Calico smashed a two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh to chill the Indians’anticipation.
But, Murphy left Calico stranded on third.
He spun a nine-hitter, with one walk, three hit batsmen and six strikeouts.
Haughey was lifted partway in the seventh inning and suffered the loss after giving up three runs (all earned). Closer Joe Risley record the final two outs for Three Rivers.
Three Rivers 9, Indians 1
The Indians came up shy of posting their first season sweep against the Bandits, however.
In the July 12 nightcap, Tyson Fourkiller clobbered two doubles and drove in four runs to energized Three Rivers to a 9-1 victory and twinbill sweep.
John Cone plated Schaper, on a sacrifice fly, for the lone run by the Indians (16-17-1).
Matt Skelton mashed the Indians’ lone hit.
Lukas Rietfors hurled the complete-game (4.1 innings) for the innings.
Evan Jacoby started on the bump for Three Rivers and suffered the loss.