A short-handed El Reno High School summer variety baseball team returned to Red Dirt League action last week, dropping a close 8-6 game at Noble.
The loss, which was called after six innings on the two-hour time limit, dropped El Reno to 0-5 in the RDL standings and 2-5 for the summer. The two Suburban Conference teams played only one varsity game since EHS was short-handed.
El Reno had two players gone, two hurt for the Noble game and another relegated to designated hitter duty due to an injury.
“We were kind of running on fumes and were short-handed for various reasons. However, that’s what you kind of get into with summer ball,” said El Reno head coach Keith Hill.
El Reno had only four games left on the summer schedule and the Indians will not take part in the RDL postseason tourney.
“I’ve seen the list and there are about 20 schools not taking part in the playoffs and there were some big schools on that list,” said Hill.
The Indians were hosting Bridge Creek at the Hub Reed Complex, before hitting the road to close out the summer at Heritage Hall.
El Reno scored two runs each in the second, third and fourth innings. Brice Hill singled in the second inning and scored on a bases-loaded walk by Collyn Carnott. Vincent Walker, on base with a single, scored on a walk by Gabe Walker - one of three free passes in the frame for EHS.
Jake Williams singled in the third inning and scored on a double by Kolton Hunt.
Hill, who drew a walk after Williams’ hit, scored on a bases-loaded walk by Brayden Fulton.
In the fourth, Gabe Walker (walk) and Andrew Nix (single) scored on a double by Williams and a groundout by Hill, respectively.
El Reno closed the game with eight hits as Williams led the team with a 2-for-3 effort with the run batted in and one scored. Gabe Walker had three walks in the loss to go along with a single in the first inning.
The Indians logged eight walks and had one hit batsman.
Dalton Kudron, who injured his hand in the loss, added a single. His status for the rest of the summer is unclear.