Doenges Ford Indians win 6 straight games

Mike Tupa
Doenges Ford Indians second baseman Grant Yardley, left, makes a force-out and looks to throw to first during Friday’s season-opening American Legion doubleheader at Doenges Stadium. Mike Tupa/Journal-Capital

The Doenges Ford Indians rolled off six consecutive wins to start the season — beating the Ada A’s all six times. Four games were played in Bartlesville on Friday and Saturday, and the final twin bill was Monday in Ada.

The Indians were scheduled to play in a three-team double header Tuesday in Coweta.

Friday games

Indians 11, A’s 0

The bottom of Bartlesville’s lineup turned in a lion-like effort at the plate.

Seven-hole hitter Zach Snow and eight-hole banger Colt Wilson both lashed three-run doubles to lead the charge.

Leadoff batter Dustin Weiesnbach spearheaded the thrust by hammering hits — one of them a double — in his first two at-bats.

Nolan Schaper — batting cleanup — added a single and a double and two RBIs.

While the Indian offense played in mid-season smacking form, veteran pitcher Corey Murphy took care of the rest.

Indians 2, A’s 1

The script of this game couldn’t have been more different than the opening contest.

During the first two innings, Indian pitcher Schaper and his Ada counterpart Conner Priest waged a scoreless duel.

The Indians took advantage in the bottom of the third of some uncharacteristic struggles by Priest.

He issued back-to-back one-out walks to Murphy and Edward Burke — and both of them eventually came around to score.

Murphy dashed home on Brennan Longacre’s blistering pull single to right field and Burke trotted to the dish on a bases-loaded walk issued to Wilson.

Those two runs would be all the Indians would need — barely.

Saturday’s games

Indians 6, A’s 5

The A’s blitzed out to a 4-0 lead in the first inning of the first game.

But, the Indians began immediately to claw back.

In the bottom of the first, Braden Beasley belted a two-out single and scored on Nolan Schaper’s rocket double to trim Ada’s lead to 4-1.

In the bottom of the fourth, Dustin Weiesnbach whacked a two-run double (scoring Pawhuska’s Caleb Bruce and Corey Murphy). The Indians scored another run in the inning to forge a 4-4 deadlock.

The Indians tallied two more runs in the bottom of the fifth — both off a sacrifice fly by Shelton.

Earlier in the inning, Bruce doubled.

Indians 13, Ada 5

Ada once again started out like a team on a crusade, storming out to a 3-0 lead in the top of first.

But, once again the Indians bounced back to take control and complete the weekend sweep, 13-5.

In the bottom of the third, Isaiah Meissner smashed a two-run double —just after Ada had made a pitching change — to power the Indians into the lead (for good), 6-5.

Monday’s games

Indians 16, A’s 4

Indian pitcher Colt Wilson hurled the distance (four innings) and overcame five walks and two wild pitches to hold Ada to just four runs. He didn’t notch a strikeout but only threw 68 pitches.

Lukas Rietfors wasn’t the lone run-making machine in the first game for the Indians.

Leadoff plate maestro Dustin Weiesnbach delivered a double and drove in three runs. Wilson and John Cone racked up two RBIs apiece.

Ten different Indians scored at least one run.

Ripping multiple hits for Bartlesville were Nolan Schaper (2-for-3) and Caleb Bruce (2-for-3).

Indians 8. A’s 6

Edward Burke started on the bump for Bartlesville and worked 3.2 innings to collect the win.

Only three of the six runs scored on him were earned.

Rietfors then claimed custody of the mound and slammed the door on Ada.

On the offensive side, Snow, Corey Murphy and Longacre each plated a run, while Payton McCarty, Murphy and Longacre poked two hits apiece.

Braden Beasley tacked on a double and Grant Yardley put down a sacrifice bunt.