WEST SENECA, Okla. — The Aurora Houn Dawgs last lost a varsity baseball game on May 6, 2017, 2-0 to Hollister in the 20th annual Forsyth Tournament.
Aurora rattled off nine straight wins last season to win the Class 4 state title and the Dawgs entered Tuesday’s Big 8 Conference road game against the Seneca Indians having won their first 11 games this season.
The Indians pushed the defending state champions to the limit, but Aurora left the Seneca Baseball Complex with a 2-1 victory, 12-0 overall record, and a 21-game winning streak. Aurora scored one run in the first and one in the sixth, while Seneca plated one in the sixth.
Seneca senior Cory Gaines took a complete game loss, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits over his seven innings of work. Gaines struck out two and walked three en route to 95 total pitches.
Aurora utilized three different arms Tuesday — Austin Erickson for the first two innings, Matt Miller for four innings of long relief, and Wyatt Sparks for the final inning. Erickson and Miller gave up all four Seneca hits, two for each, and the trio combined for 14 strikeouts and one walk. Erickson struck out five, Miller six, and Sparks three. Erickson, Miller, and Sparks combined for 98 pitches, 69 strikes.
Monty Mailes, Dawson Stephens, Gavin Clouse, and Alex Cook each had one of Seneca’s four hits and Ryan Cline, Erickson, Miller, and Blake Williams did the same for Aurora.
Miller hit a RBI double in the first, Erickson made it 2-0 on his single in the sixth, and Kale Schrader’s RBI groundout closed out the scoring after Stephens and Clouse hit consecutive singles to start the sixth. After those singles, Aurora recorded six consecutive outs highlighted by Sparks striking out Seneca 1-2-3 in the seventh.
Seneca dropped to 7-7 overall and 1-2 Big 8 with the loss Tuesday.