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By Glen Miller
Junior Mason Archer scattered two runs over four complete innings to lead El Reno High School’s baseball team to a 7-2 road win over Meeker in preseason action.
The five-run win lifted El Reno to 1-1 in preseason action after dropping a 4-0 decision to Midwest City.
Archer, a right-hander, walked five batters but struck out eight. Ryan Kouba pitched one inning, striking out three batters, but allowing a hit and a walk.
Austin Axline walked one and struck out two in one inning. El Reno’s pitching staff carried a 52.8 strike percentage, with Archer throwing 44 strikes, and Axline and Kouba, both throwing 11 strikes.
El Reno’s offense scored one run in the second inning as Trey Henley walked and Seth Jones was hit by a pitch. Henley stole third base before scoring on a passed ball.
In the third inning, Clark Reuter reached by error and plated on a single by Dallon Koehn, who made his way to third on a stolen base and a passed ball. He plated on an error by the catcher.
El Reno plated one more run with Cal Baker, Hunter Freeman and Axline drawing free passes. Baker scored on a passed ball.
In the sixth inning, Henley and Gerardo Blanco walked around a hit batsman (Jones) to load the bases for El Reno. Henley crossed on a passed ball, while Jones scored on a line drive single to center by Kouba.
Blanco scored on a groundout by Archer for El Reno’s seventh run.
El Reno logged only the two base hits but picked up seven walks, two of those by Henley. The Indians did strike out seven times, two each from Kouba and Koehn.
In the loss to Midwest City, El Reno had one hit by Freeman and a walk each from Henley and Axline.
Jake Dye allowed one run and four hits over five innings, with the southpaw walking three and striking out three. Freeman was tagged for three runs (two earned) off a hit and two walks in one inning of work, striking out one.
Jones worked one frame, striking out two. The EHS staff logged a 57.5 percent strike percentage, with Dye throwing 50 strikes, followed by Freeman with 14 and Jones with nine.