The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

April 16, 2013

Jets bats break out in sweeping Independence


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Lawson King had a rough welcome home Tuesday.

The former Enid High pitcher gave up eight hits and eight earned runs as he and his Independence, Kan., teammates fell to NOC Enid, 15-6 in the second game of a doubleheader at Failing Park Tuesday.

The Jets (10-31) also won the first game, 11-0 behind a six-hitter from John Chidester, who threw the Jets’ first shutout of the season.

NOC Enid hardly looked like a team that lost 11 of its last 12 games going into the hastily-scheduled twinbill.

The Jets had 25 hits — nine in the first game and 16 in the nightcap. The 15 runs matched NOC Enid’s highest scoring output of the season (15-8 at Independence on March 5).

Heroes were numerous:

• Haden Johnson was 4-for-5 with six runs scored, three doubles and two RBI.

• Chase Knott was 4-for-7 with five runs scored, a double and two RBI.

• Korbin Polston was 4-for-4 in the second game with a double, two runs scored and five RBI.

• Sammy Terry was 3-for-6 with four RBI and a double.

• T.J. Turner was 2-for-2 in the first game with two doubles and three RBI.

• Dyce Applegate was 3-for-4 in the second game with a double, an RBI and three runs scored.

• Dylan Walker scored three runs in the nightcap and had two hits in the first game with an RBI.

“Hitting is contagious,’’ said a happy NOC Enid assistant coach Scott Mansfield. “If one person does it, then everyone does it. Coach (Raydon) Leaton pointed out we were getting most of our hits in the right-center gap. That’s what we want to do.’’

Chidester, in the opener, walked four and struck out two in the five-inning game. The Jets scored six in the first, two in the second and three in the third.

“John attacked the strike zone,’’ Mansfield said. “That’s what we have been preaching all year — attack the strike zone, let them hit it and good things will happen.’’

Pioneer’s Brett McNaughton, making his first start of the season, got the win in the second game. He allowed six hits and three runs — none earned — in three innings. He struck out three and walked two.

The doubleheader was scheduled after the Jets beat Redlands in the second game of a doubleheader Monday. The Jets now are riding a three-game winning streak, their longest win streak of the season.

“We played well and got two much-needed wins,’’ Mansfield said. “We wanted to stay sharp fundamentally as we could going into the next conference series (at Western Oklahoma beginning Thursday).’’

Western, the defending national runner-up, is ranked No. 3 nationally. They visit David Allen Memorial Ballpark Sunday.

“When you swing the bats like we did today, it’s going to boost team morale,’’ Mansfield said.