WEST SENECA, Okla. — The Seneca Indians evened their overall record at 10-10 with a 10-0 victory Monday over Newton County rival Diamond at the Seneca Baseball Fields.
Seneca plated three runs in three of the first four innings en route to the five-inning run-rule triumph and Zach Cox tossed a two-hitter, allowing only a pair of singles.
Monty Mailes put a solid claim on player of the game with his performance at the plate — 3 for 3 with four RBI. Mailes hit a two-run single in the first, homered in the second, and hit a single in the fourth, as Diamond pitchers Austin Behler and Kyler Terry both proved incapable of silencing Mailes’ bat.
Mailes, though, was not alone and Daythen Long doubled twice for both of his hits, while Gavin Clouse and Parker Wolfinbarger each found this two-bagger thing contagious indeed with doubles of their own.
Mailes scored three runs, Wolfinbarger two, and Clouse, Alex Cook, Long, Sebastian Middick, and Kyle Simpson one each.
Cox earned the victory and he allowed just the two hits with six strikeouts and no walks over five innings. Cox finished at 49 pitches, 34 for strikes, and only Brodie Wilson and Leighton Bridgewater singles separated Cox from a perfect game.
The Indians committed no errors, while the Wildcats did themselves no favors with three errors.
Seneca was slated to return to action Tuesday for Senior Night against Cassville, honoring their quartet of Clouse, Wolfinbarger, Harris Griffith, and Cook.
The Indians also have a Big 8 crossover game Thursday against an East Division opponent and then play two at home Saturday against Carl Junction and McDonald County with 10 a.m. (Carl Junction) and 2 p.m. (McDonald County) game starts.
All games are weather permitting, of course.
After their win over Diamond, the Indians averaged 10 runs scored over their last six games, producing a 4-2 record over that stretch.
Diamond, meanwhile, dropped to 3-18 overall and the Wildcats have lost seven straight since a 8-6 victory over Lockwood.
The Wildcats, weather permitting, have games upcoming against Pleasant Hope and Newton County and district rival East Newton.