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April 24, 2013

NOC Enid looks for spark against Carl Albert

ENID, Okla. — John Chidester, who has thrown NOC Enid’s lone shutout of the season, will try to give the Jets a spark when he starts the second game of a Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference doubleheader against Carl Albert today at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

The doubleheader begins at 1:30 p.m. The two teams  play a doubleheader at Poteau at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

Chidester shut out Indepence, Kan., 11-0 last week at Failing Field. Independence had scored 30 runs combined in its other three games with the Jets.

Chidester (2-0, 5.49 ERA) threw two shutout innings in relief against Western Oklahoma Sunday.

“He’s had a couple of good outings,’’ said NOC Enid coach Raydon Leaton. “We’re going to try to ride that out a little and see what he can do. We have been struggling to find the fourth guy (starter) in conference games.’’

Chidester has begun to get his breaking ball over, something he wasn’t doing earlier in the season.

“When he’s throwing it for strikes, he can be pretty effective,’’ Leaton said. “He’s maturing as he’s getting some innings under his belt and some consistent mound time.’’

Zach Postoak (3-5, 7.31) will start the first game.

The Jets currently are in the OCAC cellar at 1-11, but withinstriking distance of fourth-place Carl Albert (4-8) and fifth-place NOC Tonkawa (3-9), whom they will play in a four-game series next week.

“We obviously can’t win the conference title,’’ Leaton said, “but we have challenged the guys to go out there and try to win at least three of four in our next two series and try to finish fourth.’’

Freshman shortstop Braden Martin came back from a fractured rib to make his season debut against Western Sunday. He is still limited to one game a day.

“The doctors told us to ease him back,’’ Leaton said. “He’s really good. He makes us a lot better.’’

Russ Colgan, NOC Enid’s leading hitter with a .382 average, will return to the lineup as the designated hitter. He’s been limited to pinch-hitting the last two weeks because of a groin injury.

“He’s about 80 percent, but having him there will make us better,’’ Leaton said. “We’re slowly but surely getting back to healthy.’’

Infielder A.J. Wilson pulled a hamstring last week against Independence and will not play against Carl Albert. Leaton said he didn’t know when Wilson will return.

Korbin Polston is hitting .368 with three home runs and 41 RBI. Sammy Terry is hitting .328 with five homers and 32 RBI. Chase Knott is hitting .298 with 22 RBI. Aaron McCandless is hitting .293 with 15 RBI.

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