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April 26, 2014

Jets, Mavericks split wild twinbill

TONKAWA, Okla. — f a double play is a pitcher’s best friend, then the wind blowing out is a hitter’s best buddy.

That was the case Friday in a wild doubleheader between Northern Oklahoma College Enid and NOC Tonkawa.

The Jets had 30 hits on the day — 10 in a 19-4 rout of the Mavericks in the first game, and 20 in a 16-13 loss in the second in which they couldn’t quite overcome a 9-2 deficit.

NOC Tonkawa had 11 hits and took advantage of five errors in the second game. They had 10 in the first for a total of 21.

“We had a good approach at the plate all day,’’ said Jets head coach Raydon Leaton. “We were swinging the bats well all day. We scored a lot of runs. We just didn’t pitch it too good the second game.’’

The split left NOC Enid at 7-7 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference and 26-20 overall. They are three games behind leader Murray State (10-4), whom they will play the last week of the conference season next week.

NOC Enid and NOC Tonkawa play a 3 p.m. doubleheader today at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

“We’re in the same spot that we began the week in,’’ Leaton said. “We need to get two tomorrow to get three out of four in this series. We can control only what we do. We’ll be in two dogfights tomorrow.’’

Korbin Polston and Jerame Littell both had career days for the Jets.

Polston was 1-for-3 with a home run, two RBI and two runs scored in the first game and was 5-for-5 with five RBI, a home run and two doubles the second game.

Littell was 2-for-3 with four RBI and two homers in the first game. He scored three runs. He was 4-for-5 with five RBI and two runs scored in the second game with a home run and two doubles.

“That’s the best Korbin has swung the bat all season,’’ Leaton said. “Both of them were squaring-up a lot of balls.’’

Polston and Littell weren’t the only ones swinging big bats Friday for the Jets.

Patrick O’Toole scored three runs in both games and was a combined four-for-eight with doubles in both games.

Nick Yoning scored four runs on the day.

Haden Johnson was was 4-of-6 on the day with three runs scored and four RBI with a double in the first game and a triple in the second.

Russ Colgan had a two-RBI double in the second inning of the second game to pull NOC Enid to within three, but Yoning flied out to end the game.

Austin Hilton went the distance on the mound for NOC Enid in the five-inning first game, allowing 10 hits,  striking out seven and walking one.

In the second game, the Mavericks scored nine runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth in scoring their 16 runs.

Austin Hannum took the loss for NOC Enid, allowing five runs — four earned — in only a third of an inning on the mound. He walked three and allowed a hit.

Kaleb Allred was the lone effective Jets pitcher, allowing only one hit and striking out three in throwing two and one-third innings of scoreless relief.

“You have to credit them,’’ Leaton said of the Mavericks. “After they got it put on them, they found a way to win the game.’’

The Jets will go with Jon Chidester and Scotty Harvill in today’s twinbill, which includes a fundraiser to help defray the medical expenses of Addi Shamburg, who is battling Hodgking’s lymphoma. She is the daughter of Jets head basketball coach Greg.

Addi Shamburg will throw out the first pitch.

It also alumni weekend for both teams. Free food will be served beginning at 4:30 p.m. and door prizes will be given out throughout the day.

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