WEST SENECA, Okla. — After three straight losses by one run last week, the Seneca Indians definitely needed a game like Tuesday night’s 10-3 win over the Lamar Tigers.
For the first 5 1/2 innings Tuesday, it looked as if Seneca might be headed down that one-run loss path again with Lamar and Seneca tied at 3.
Then, however, Seneca erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the sixth and held Lamar scoreless in the top of the seventh to earn a Big 8 Conference win.
Seneca improved to 8-9 overall and 2-3 in the Big 8, ending a three-game losing streak in conference play after winning the conference opener at home against Cassville.
In the big sixth, Seneca’s Matt Caputo, Josh Caputo, Monty Mailes, Dawson Stephens, Alex Cook, and Kale Schrader each came through with RBI.
The inning started when Schrader was hit by a pitch, then Parker Wolfinbarger reached on an errors and Harris Griffith walked to load the bases. On back-to-back at-bats, each Caputo was hit by a pitch to push across runs, then Mailes hit a RBI single, Stephens a RBI single, Cook a RBI groundout, and Schrader — back around — delivered the final blow with a two-out, two-run double.
The Indians finished with 12 hits in the contest, led by Mailes and Clouse with three each and Cook joined Mailes and Clouse in the multi-hit club with two. Stephens, Schrader, Wolfinbarger, and Griffith rounded out the hits. Mailes scored three runs and both Clouse and Mailes stole two bases.
Stephens, Schrader, and Cook each drove in two runs.
Cory Gaines went the distance for the Indians, allowing three runs (all earned) on 10 hits over seven innings and 99 pitches. He struck out five and walked three.
Seneca returned to action on the road Thursday against Newton County, conference, and district rival East Newton. The Indians will try and even their overall and conference record, while denying East Newton their first win of the season.