The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 18, 2013

Plainsmen hammer OKC Broncos

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Enid got what the doctor ordered for a slumping baseball team Monday.

The Plainsmen, outscored 50-8 in four recent losses to Jenks and Union, had some fun in beating the home-school Oklahoma City Broncos 14-5 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

“We needed a game like this,’’ said Plainsmen coach Bill Mayberry. “I liked our approach today. You could tell coming into the locker room, they were much more relaxed and ready to play.’’

The Plainsmen (3-7) were out-hit 9-7, but took advantage of six Broncos errors, seven walks, five hit batsmen, three wild pitches, plus a few other mental errors thaat led to Enid’s highest run production of the season.

“They (the Broncos) can play a lot better baseball than they played today,’’ Mayberry said. “Everybody has a day where you’re going to make errors and some mistakes you haven’t made since you were 10 or 11 years old. That’s why you keep playing. Like I told my guys, they make blooper videos in the big leagues.’’

Enid was aggressive on the base-paths with 10 stolen bases, including three by both Hunter Childs and Tanner Fore.

“We still had to make plays,’’ said center fielder Cole Floyd, who scored twice and had the team’s first triple of the season. “This will get our confidence level up. If we keep playing like this, we’ll win a lot more games.’’

Every Plainsmen starter scored at least one run. Fore, Floyd, Jerry Kearney and Zayne Herbel scored twice.

The Plainsmen broke the game open with eight runs in the fourth on only two hits. Senior Austin Minter had the big blow with a two-RBI bases-loaded single. EHS got three RBI from the No. 9 hole with Elliott Holden having an RBI single in the second.

“Austin has a shoulder problem,’’ Mayberry said. “He’s not going to get an opportunity to do a lot because of the injury. I was glad to see him do that.’’

Kearney had three RBI on the day, being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the fourth and then he had a two-RBI double in the fifth. He scored on the play, thanks to two throwing errors.

The Plainsmen scored in every inning but the third, when they left the bases loaded. Christian Voitik had a single and a double.

“We’re starting to hit the ball better as a team,’’ Floyd said. “We made a lot more plays than we have been making. We got a few hits off Union and I think that helped get us going. We were a lot more confident today than we have been in other games.”

Floyd had an RBI ground out in the seventh, his seventh RBI of the season.

“I’ve shortened my swing,’’ he said. “I’m getting to the ball quicker.’’

Zeke Sarver got the win, allowing eight hits over 41⁄3 innings with three strikeouts and three walks. He allowed all five runs. He now is 1-3.

Bates Enmeier and Alec Elliott combined to throw 22⁄3 scoreless innings. Enmeier did not allow a hit over 12⁄3 innings. Elliott struck out the last two batters he faced in the seventh.

“I felt really good about our pitching,’’ Mayberry said. “We stayed around the strike zone and did the things we needed to win games. Zeke came back quicker than usual (after pitching Friday against Union), but sometimes that’s when you have your best stuff. You try to stay within yourself and not overthrow.’’

Twin brothers Jake and Jackson Walker didn’t start because of arm problems. Jake Walker had a stolen base as a courtesy runner and scored a run.

Enid next plays Heritage Hall noon Thursday at the Edmond Memorial Festival.