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March 27, 2014

Lady Jets sweep pair from rival Tonkawa

ENID, Okla. — Northern Oklahoma College Enid’s Summer Leitka was inspired by the team’s “Strike Out Cancer Night” Thursday at Pacer Field against archrival NOC Tonkawa.

Leitka struck out 13 batters and allowed only four hits as the Lady Jets won the opener, 4-2.

 In the nightcap, Avery Walker had three RBI and Kendra Coleman went 3-for-4 with two RBI to cap off an emotional day which served as a fundraiser for Addi Shamburg, the daughter of Jets’ basketball coach Greg Shamburg. Addi, a senior at Oklahoma Bible Academy, was recently diagnosed with cancer.

“This was for a pretty good cause for Addi so we were pretty pumped up,’’ Leitka said.

Leitka made only two mistakes on the day – solo homers by Natalie Eaton in the first and Jodi Barnett in the fifth. Other than that, she was in control.

“My rise, curve and drop were all working,’’ Leitka said. “You can’t let things like that (home runs) get to you. I just kept going. I wanted to get the batters (strikeouts).’’

“That’s going to happen with the wind blowing in,’’ said NOC Enid head coach Jamie Roberts about the two home runs.  “When you’re a rise ball pitcher like Summer, you can’t miss over the plate against good hitters because they are going to hit it out, especially when the wind is blowing.’’

Barnett’s homer gave the Lady Mavericks a 2-1 lead, but the Lady Jets answered back with two runs in their half of the inning.  Coleman, with two outs, doubled home Aaliyah Sebock, who had singled and Laci Shipp, who had walked.

“That was a clutch double by Kendra,’’ Roberts said.

Walker singled in pinch-runner Joslynn Swan in the sixth with an insurance run.

Shipp answered  Easton’s first-inning homer by blasting a pitch over the left field fence in the Lady Jets’ half of the inning. It was her third homer in as many games.

“It was there, so I smoked it,’’ Shipp said. “Honestly, I don’t know what’s going on with me. I’m in my peak, I guess.’’

The Lady Jets had 10 hits  in getting the run-rule victory in the nightcap, scoring three runs in the first, two in the second, one in the third and four in the fourth.

Selika Shives’ two-RBI single was the big blow in the first. Taylor Todd scored Shives with a Texas League single.

The Lady Jets made it 5-2 in the second when Lauryne Dester walked and scored after a bunt single by Walker, and an RBI single by Coleman off third baseman Hali Oslin’s glove. Walker scored when catcher Cheyenne Cochran overthrew third on a stolen base attempt.

Walker, in the  third, walked, stole second and scored on a Coleman single.

Walker slammed a three-RBI double off the left field wall in the fourth scoring Todd, Jazmine White and Dester. Walker was four-of-five for the day. She had lined out in the second inning of the first game.

“Everybody in the dugout was lively and that made it fun,’’ Walker said. “We wanted to raise a lot of money so we were pumped up. It felt good to hit the ball like that.’’

Coleman was 4 of 6 on the day with four RBI. She went three innings to get the win in the second game. Shives threw two scoreless inning of relief to get the save.

“I’ve been in a slump so I tried not to think about it,’’ Coleman said. “Batting lead-off (in the second game) was a little different. It was fun.’’

It was the fourth straight win for the Lady Jets, now 23-8 overall. The Lady Mavericks dropped to 8-21. They have dropped seven straight.

“It was pretty exciting,’’ Roberts said. “Tonkawa played a solid game. I felt like it was fun competition. We really appreciate the community’s support for Addi.’’

NOC Enid hosts Rose State in a 6 p.m. doubleheader Saturday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

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