Enid News and Eagle
PONCA CITY —
The Enid Plainsmen used an 11-hit attack and took advantage of seven Ponca City errors to rally from a 7-3 deficit Tuesday to defeat the Wildcats 14-8 on a wind- swept day that had the wind blowing straight out to center field.
Bates Enmeier led the Enid offensive attack going 3-for-3 and knocking in three runs, and Cole Floyd hit a solo home run for the Plainsmen, who evened their record at 1-1, avenging their season-opening 4-1 loss at home to the Wildcats (1-1) on Monday.
The Plainsmen used a five-run fifth inning to erase the Wildcats’ 7-3 lead. The big inning was ignited by Tanner Fore’s lead-off triple to center and was followed by three consecutive Plainsmen doubles by Floyd, Christian Voitik and Brayden Rogers that made it 7-5. Enmeier followed with a single that scored the tying runs and came home with the lead run to make it 8-7 on Jonny Chavez’s line single to left.
After Ponca City tied the game at 8-8 in the bottom of the fifth, Enid added four more runs in the sixth inning on three walks, three Wildcats errors, an Enmeier single and a hit batter (Chavez) that made it 12-8.
The Plainsmen added a pair of insurance runs in the seventh inning when Floyd led off with a home run and were the beneficiaries of another costly Ponca error when Enmeier came home on a miscue on a Tanner Lingenfelter fly ball after reaching base on a single and stealing second base to make it 14-8.
Fore earned the win for Enid in relief of starter Enmeier. Fore went four innings and allowed only two runs and struck out three for the win. Gage McNeil pitched the final two innings for the Plainsmen, striking out four and allowing only two runs.
Enid jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the first inning when Hunter Childs led off with a double to start the game. Following a walk to Fore and a Floyd strike out, Childs and Fore moved up on a double steal and scored on Voitik’s single, who would score on a passed ball.
The Wildcats rocked Enmeier for four runs in the second inning and then added three more in the fourth and another in the fifth.
Enid next travels to Tulsa Union for a doubleheader on Friday.