The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 19, 2014

Lady Jets notch another sweep, improve to 8-0

Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The Northern Oklahoma College Enid Lady Jets continued their torrid streak in their debut season, sweeping a softball doubleheader against Dodge City, Kan., Wednesday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark to raise their record to 8-0.

NOC Enid pounded out 22 hits in the twinbill, topping Dodge 8-5 in the first game, and then hit four home runs, including three consecutive round-trippers in the sixth inning, in an 8-0 run-rule win in the nightcap for their eight consecutive win to open the season.

“I’m not surprised by what we’re doing because I know what we are capable of doing,” said NOC Enid head coach Jamie Roberts of the team’s 8-0 start. “I’m excited, but not surprised. They all come from programs that have a lot of success. They just know how to win.”

Lady Jets’ starter Summer Leitka went four strong innings in the first game, allowing only one run and striking out eight, before being relieved by Marissa Dominguez. The Lady Jets built an 8-0 lead after three innings, highlighted by a five-run third inning.

Leitka has pitched lights out so far this season for the Lady Jets, having earlier tossed two no-hitters. “She’s been really something,” Roberts said.

Kendra Coleman had two hits and two RBI, while Taylor Todd had a two-run double in the win.

Dodge City (0-2) made a game of it with a four-run fifth inning and added a run in the seventh, but NOC Enid held on for the 8-5 win.

Coleman pitched the nightcap, getting the win on 10 strikeouts, and delivered the game-clinching RBI with a double in the sixth inning that gave NOC Enid the 8-0 win in run-rule fashion. But it was the Lady Jets’ power that took center stage.

NOC Enid took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on a three-run shot by Sydney Harrel over the left field fence. The game remained 3-0 until the bottom of the sixth inning when NOC Enid’s first three batters in the inning, Jazmine White, Taylor Todd and Shyanna Sigman all cleared the fences, with White and Sigman going deep to left, and Todd clearing the center field fence.

“That was a moment I’ll never forget,” said Roberts of the three consecutive homers. “I have never had a game like that and Todd came in cold off the bench to hit her home run.”

After Lauryne Dester walked and advanced to third on a single by Lacey Shipp, she scored on Avery Walker’s double. Walker, who had three hits in the contest, came home with the game-winning run on Coleman’s double for the 8-0 win.

“Kendra has been phenomenal for us the last two games,” Roberts said, who also said the team enjoyed its first-ever game at David Allen. “It’s just a great environment and atmosphere,” she said.

The Lady Jets put their unbeaten record on the line Friday when they host Colby, Kan. in a 3 p.m. twinbill at David Allen.