Enid News and Eagle
DODGE CITY, Kan. —
NOC Enid baseball coach Raydon Leaton has been looking for his team to “put all three phases of the game together.’’
The Jets (5-17) did that in beating Dodge City, Kan., Community College 7-2 in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
Hayden James allowed only three hits in going the distance for the Jets. He was backed by a nine-hit attack, including two RBI from Aaron McCandless, Rowdy Dove and Adam Dolan.
The Jets lost the first game, 2-1. Zach Postoak was the hard-luck loser, allowing only four hits and one walk, while striking out four in going the distance.
“We played well in both games,’’ Leaton said. “This was the best doubleheader we put together this year. We made some good plays defensively today.’’
James, who had been struggling with his control, shut out the Conquistadors the final four innings after Dodge City scored twice in the third.
“Hayden got ahead early in the count today,’’ Leaton said. “He threw more strikes and his fastball was jumping out of his hand.’’
James got all the support he would need in the first when the Jets scored four runs. Dove had a two-RBI double, scoring A.J. Wilson and McCandless.
Korbin Polston drove in Haden Johnson with the first run on a sacrifice fly. A line drive single by McCandless scored Russ Colgan with the second run.
Dolan’s two-RBI single in the third scored Polston and McCandless to make it 6-0. NOC Enid added a run in the fourth when Colgan doubled and scored after a single by Chase Knott and a ground out by McCandless.
Every NOC Enid starter had either a hit or scored a run.
“Our guys got some good swings today,’’ Leaton said.
Dodge City, in the first game, broke a 1-1 tie in the sixth when Shea Lynes doubled home Scott Hillier, who had reached on a fielder’s choice and went to second on a sacrifice by Mooreland’s Connor Ross.
Three Dodge City pitchers limited NOC Enid to four hits, including two by Colgan.
The Jets tied the game at 1-1 in the fifth when Wilson walked, went to third on Colgan’s double and scored on a fielder’s choice by Dylan Walker.
Dodge City broke a scoreless tie in the fourth on a single, an error, a walk and another error.
“It was a tough day for the hitters,’’ Leaton said. “The wind was blowing in 30 miles per hour. About all the hits were line drives or hitting one through the hole.’’
Former Enid High star Haden Houska was 0-for-3 in the opener. Ross was 0-for-3. Neither played in the second game.
McCandless caught the second game. Keaton Webb, who has been sharing catching duties with Walker, sat out the doubleheader with a back injury.
The Jets will be off until March 26 when they host Dodge City in a 2 p.m. doubleheader at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
“We’re going to take a few days off and hopefully heal up some nagging injuries and come back with fresh legs,’’ Leaton said.