By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Korbin Polston’s bat (.377, 3 home runs, 9 doubles, 3 triples and 30 RBI) has been a bright spot in an otherwise dreary (7-28) season for the NOC Enid Jets.
However, Polston showed another side to his game in Monday’s 13-1 loss to Connors Monday when he threw out the Cowboys’ Tyler Fourkill trying to go from first to third on a single.
“That’s my favorite thing to do right there,’’ said Polston about throwing out runners.
Polston, who has thrown out four runners this season, credits long tosses in practice for building up his arm.
“I just see it as a challenge of someone trying to take advantage of me,’’ he said. “It’s very exciting to throw out someone like that. I want to make sure they don’t try to do it again.’’
Polston smiled, though, when asked if throwing out a runner had the same high as a home run.
“That’s a hard one,’’ he said. “I don’t know.’’
Polston was well-prepared for the jump from high school to junior college, having played on two state championship teams with Carl Albert and national American Legion champion Midwest City Outlaws.
“There was a little adjustment,’’ he said, “but not too much. I saw a lot of good pitchers in high school and in Legion. Coach (Outlaws’ Doug) Weese is a great coach. I learned a lot from him.’’
Polston sees himself in the mold of his favorite player — New York Mets third baseman David Wright — an old-fashioned player who comes to play every day.
“A lot of it (hitting success) is going up there, having fun and playing ball,’’ Polston said. “I like going to the plate expecting that I’m going to get a hit. I’ve had a decent year so far.’’
Despite an impressive .604 slugging percentage, Polston sees himself as a contact hitter, rather than a power hitter.
“If you make good enough contact, it will go,’’ he said.
Weather permitting, Polston and the Jets will try to break an eight-game losing streak when they host Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Redlands in a 1 p.m. doubleheader today at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
Redlands won three out of four games against NOC Tonkawa last week.
“It’s been a pretty disappointing year for us. I don’t have much else to say about that,’’ Polston said.
Polston is not discouraged, pointing out the Jets still have 16 conference games left and there’s the postseason tournament.
“We still have a chance,’’ he said. “I just try to do the best I can.’’
Part of the positive attitude comes from playing on winning teams.
“We definitely came out on the field with a different mindset that we were going to win,’’ Polston said. “That hasn’t changed.’’
Polston tries to lead by example.
“I’m going to be playing hard and playing to win,’’ he said.
Polston chose NOC Enid over hometown Rose State. He wanted to get away from home and was impressed by the Jets’ facilities, especially the chance to play at David Allen.
“It’s a good program,’’ he said. “I like it here. I like the tradition of the program.’’
He wanted to go to junior college to get experience. His plans are to return to NOC Enid next season and then move on to a four-year college.
“That’s the plan right now,’’ Polston said.
Polston likes to relax by fishing at Lake Eufaula and hunting deer.
“It gets you out and away from everything,’’ he said. “Hunting deer is a lot easier than hitting a 90-mile-per -hour fastball.’’
If the game can’t be played today, plans are to move the games to Thursday at Failing Park on the NOC Enid campus. The two teams are scheduled to play a doubleheade Saturday at El Reno.
“It’s Oklahoma, we’re used to it,’’ said Polston about weather problems.
The Jets are hitting .270 as a team. Others hitting .300 or better are Russ Colgan (.369), Aaron McCandless (.308) and Sammy Terry (.307).
NOC Enid has a 7.78 ERA as a team.