By Lee Coleman, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
Good hitting (18 runs and 19 hits), good pitching (allowing 11 hits, 12 strikeouts, only three walks) and good defense (one error) usually leads to good news for a baseball team.
That was true for NOC Enid in a 13-3 (five-inning run rule) and 5-2 doubleheader sweep of Independence, Kan., Tuesday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark to raise its record to 8-5.
“You’re usually going to win when you put together all three phases like that,’’ said a happy Jets coach Raydon Leaton.
Zac Postoak allowed only five hits over 62⁄3 innings in the second game. He struck out seven and walked only one. After giving up a lead-off double to Ryan Hendricks, he retired the next 14 batters.
Postoak had a shutout until the sixth when Dakota Watson singled in Tyler Lein with two outs.
“I was just throwing strikes and I had a good defense behind me,’’ Postoak said. “I knew they would back me up.
“My arm felt really good today, but my curveball and my slider were probably my best pitches. I was disappointed about not getting the shutout, but that’s all right because we got the win.’’
Tyler Lance got Tyler Lein to ground out with runners on first and second to get the save.
Tyler Dean, making his first start of the season, allowed six hits over five innings in going the distance in the opener. He had a two-hitter going until the fifth when he gave up four hits. He struck out five and walked two.
“Both of our starters did their jobs,’’ said Jets pitching coach Scott Mansfield, “They threw strikes and let the defense work for them. When the wind is blowing in, you have a little room for error, but not much.’’
Dusty Harper was 2-for-3 with a double and three RBI in the first game, and was 3-for-3 with a double, two singles and RBI in the nightcap. He scored three runs — one in the opener and two in the nightcap.
“We have made some good adjustments with him,’’ Leaton said. “He’s making those adjustments, and he’s starting to swing the bat well.’’
“I’ve been working on different things,’’ Harper said. “The more pitches you see, the better you get.’’
J.R. Head reached base in his first seven at-bats before striking out in the sixth inning of the second game. He scored four runs in the first game and had a double in the nightcap.
Blake Callaway was 1-for-3 with two RBI in the opener, including driving in Head with a single in the fifth to end the game on the 10-run mercy rule. He was two-for-four in the second game.
Brandon Ruiz reached base five of his six at-bats. He scored a run in both games and had two RBI in the nightcap.
NOC Enid blew open the first game with four runs in the second, and seven in the fourth. Logan Glasgow scored twice and had an RBI. Christian Faulkner and Davis Bradley also had RBI.
NOC Enid will visit NEO for a doubleheader today. Mitchell Bro and Hayden James are scheduled to pitch.