Gifford's streak of no earned runs ends at 20, but still gets win
WOODWARD, Okla. — The Dodge City Rangers picked up a win Friday afternoon in the Woodward Baseball Festival, beating Enid (Okla.) 15-8 in a pool play game.
The Rangers had 18 hits in their victory over Enid with Austin Weiser going 4-for-4 with three triples, three runs and five runs batted in. Collin Gifford was 3-for-4 with three RBIs in the win, while Jordan Doan (two RBI) and Grant Meininger (one RBI) went 3-for-5 against Enid.
Gifford was the winning pitcher on the mound. Gifford gave up eight runs (four earned), nine hits and four walks, while striking out one. His season-opening streak of not giving up an earned run ended at 20 innings.
Weiser opened up the game with a triple and Andrew Balderaz followed with a single. The Rangers made the score 3-0 on a RBI sacrifice by Drew Chance followed Weiser's two-run triple.
Enid tied the game in the bottom of the second before Dodge City scored five in the top of the third. Gideon Wells had a RBI single, followed by two-run singles by Gifford and Weiser.
After Enid scored two more runs to make it 8-5, the Rangers scored single runs in the fourth on fielding errors. Enid cut the margin to 10-8 by the end of the fifth.
The Rangers sealed the victory with five runs in the seventh. Weiser opened up with an RBI triple and later scored on a wild pitch; Balderaz walked, stole second and scored on a RBI single by Doan. Gifford hit another run-scoring single and the final run came on a sacrifice fly by Hunter Ontiberos.
Dodge City plays again this afternoon against one of the two Southwest Shocker teams in the tournament at 3 p.m.