WEST SENECA, Okla. — The Seneca Indians edged their record to 5-0 with a 9-4 victory Tuesday over the Galena (Kansas) Bulldogs.
Seneca improved to 2-0 against Galena teams this season with victories against both Missouri and Kansas schools and the Indians won back-to-back games against Cherokee County schools Riverton and Galena.
On Tuesday, Seneca performed all of its run production in the third and fourth innings, pushing across six in the third and three in the fourth.
The six-run third began innocuously enough with a Lance Stephens infield single. Then, Monty Mailes worked a walk and Parker Wolfinbarger sacrificed both Stephens and Mailes over 90 more feet. Clouse hit a RBI single and then Alex Cook’s single loaded the bases.
With two outs, after Titus Atkins flied out to center, Seneca pushed across five runs — Wolfinbarger scored on a wild pitch, Daythen Long hit a two-run double scoring Clouse and Cook, Harris Griffith hit a RBI single, and Long scored on a wild pitch.
Clouse worked a walk in the fourth, stole second and third, and then scored on Cook’s 6-3 groundout. The Indians proved to have fleet feet in the fourth, with not only Clouse’s two acts of basepath thievery, but Atkins stole home. Long’s RBI double finished off Seneca’s scoring in style.
Long’s two doubles produced three RBI on the day for Seneca’s No. 7 hitter. Clouse and Zach Cox each led the way with two runs scored and the first seven hitters in Seneca’s lineup each scored at least one run.
Clouse stole four bases and Atkins two, as the Indians maintained their speed assault.
Griffith earned the victory, allowing two runs (both earned) on seven hits over five innings with five strikeouts and one walk. Long allowed one run (unearned) on four hits over two innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
The Indians are slated to play Friday and Saturday in the Monett Invitational.