The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 12, 2014

Times set for Juco tournament


Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — First-round pairings have been determined for the Plains District Baseball Tournament, which will begin Friday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

Region 6 champion Hesston, Kan. (27-20) will face Region 16 champion Longview, Mo. (29-28) at noon, followed by Northern Oklahoma College Enid (34-22) against Hesston at 3 and Longview at 6.

Friday’s survivors are scheduled to play Saturday at 1 p.m. The team with the best record will be the home team.

If all three teams are 1-1 after Friday, a coin flip will be conducted to see who gets the bye into the championship game Sunday.

If a second final is needed, it will be played at 1 p.m. Sunday.

The winner advances to the NJCAA Division II College World Series at David Allen Memorial Ballpark May 24-31.

“Our goal this season wasn’t just to win the Region 2 championship, it’s to win the national championship,’’ said Jets head coach Raydon Leaton after his team defeated defending national champion Murray State 30-12 in the region finals last Sunday.

NOC Enid is 2-1 against Hesston this season. The  teams split a doubleheader at David Allen on Feb. 22 with the Jets winning the opener 3-1 and Hesston taking the nighcap 3-1.

NOC Enid won at Hesston 3-0 on March 29.

Jon Chidester was the winning pitcher in both of the Jets’ victories.

Hesston took the Region 6 championship by winning two out of three games against Brown Mackie.

Longview swept Wenworth Military, 16-0 and 22-1 for the Region 15 championship.

Mesa, Ariz., (47-12) became the first team to qualify for the World Series by beating Scottsdale, Ariz., 8-2 and 4-3 for the Southwest District Championship.