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May 2, 2014

Leitka no-hits Eastern in regional

COWETA, Okla. —  So much for postseason experience.

Northern Oklahoma College Enid’s softball program will have to go a ways to top its first-ever regional tournament game.

Summer Leitka threw a no-hitter and struck out seven and Lacy Shipp hit two home runs and had four RBI as the Lady Jets beat Eastern Oklahoma, 4-0 in a first-round game of the Region 2 Tournament.

The Lady Jets (38-18) will play top-seeded Seminole (37-10), an 11-3 winner over NOC Tonkawa, at noon today in the winners bracket semifinals.

“It was pretty exciting,’’ said Lady Jets head coach Jamie Roberts. “They were ready to play, I’ll tell you. We had a lot of good team energy and a lot of team focus. We were very determined.’’

Leitka walked four, two of which came in the sixth inning when she got out of a bases-loaded jam. Eastern loaded the bases on two walks and an error.

Leitka (24-7), though, got No. 3-hole hitter Katelyn White to hit into a force play and retired No. 4 and No. 5 hole hitters Ashley Jones and Connie Gilliland to pop up to end the inning.

“That was huge for us,’’ Roberts said.

Roberts said Shipp’s three-run homer in the first “set the tone of the game for us.’’ The homers were her 15th and 16th of the season. She now has driven in 40 runs.

“Getting that three-run lead helped Summer throw with a little more confidence,’’ Roberts said. “Her drop ball was really looking good. She was able to set a lot of batters down with it and kept them off balance.’’

Kori Barrios opened the first with a single. Aaliyah Sebock sacrificed her to second. Selika Shives walked, setting up Shipp’s first homer.

Eastern pitcher Kaley Reding and Shipp had their own personal battle as Shipp homered on the 10th pitch of the at-bat. She had fouled off four straight pitches.

“I was seeing the ball well,’’ Shipp said. “I was able to hit a belt-high pitch right down the pike. I had a good idea it was out when I hit it. It felt good to get a lead and not have to play from behind.’’

Shipp said she hit a similar pitch for her second homer to open the sixth.

“They were in the exact same spot,’’ she said.

Bailey King was 2-for-3 with a double for the Lady Jets.

NOC Enid is 0-4 against Seminole this season. The winner of the Lady Jets’ game today against Seminole advances to the winners bracket finals at 6 tonight. The loser must play in an elimination game at 2. That winner plays again at 8.

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