Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
NOC Enid’s frustrating baseball season continued in a doubleheader loss to Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference rival Murray State Sunday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
The Aggies scored two runs in the top of the seventh to win the opener, 3-2 despite a solid pitching performance from the Jets’ Austin Hannum, who allowed only three hits in 61⁄3 innings while striking out two and walking seven.
NOC Enid had 11 hits in the nightcap, but the Aggies made their 12 count more in an 11-4 victory. Noel Navarez hit a three-run homer for the Aggies, while Brance Kahle went three-for-four and drove in three runs.
The Jets (7-27 overall and 0-4 conference) have lost seven straight games. They will host Connors at 6:30 tonight at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
“We have to keep grinding away,’’ said Jets coach Raydon Leaton after the two games. “They won the conference last year and they have a good team. When you give them four or five outs and you don’t score when you have people in scoring position, that’s the result of it. We know that. We’re continuing to continue to work hard.’’
The Aggies broke a 1-1 tie in the opener by scoring both runs with two outs. Blake Campo, who had walked, scored when Chance Morgan reached on an error.
Pinch-runner Zach Cobble scored what would be the winning run after a wild pitch by reliever Hayden James and a Navarro single.
The Jets threatened in their half. T.J. Turner doubled and scored after a wild pitch and a Dylan Walker single.
Leaton, with one out, called for a hit-and-run with pinch-runner Haden Johnson at first and Dyce Applegate at the plate.
However, Applegate struck out and Johnson was thrown out at second to end the game.
“I was trying to get the tying run to second,’’ Leaton said. “I hoped Dyce would put the ball on the ground, at least, but he swung through it.’’
Aggies pitcher Garrett Sumpter allowed only five hits in 61⁄3 innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter. Reliever John Hayes, who struck out Applegate, got the save.
“Austin threw well, but their kid did, too,’’ Leaton said.
NOC Enid scored in the first when Aaron McCandless reached on an error and scored on a triple by Korbin Polston.
In the second game, Navarro’s three-run homer in the third gave the Aggies the lead for good at 4-1.
Murray State put the game away with four runs in the fifth to go up 9-3. Kahle’s RBI single which just went beyond the reach of a diving Jets right fielder Polston was the big hit.
Ryan Freie took the loss for the Jets, allowing six hits over three innings, including Navarez’s home run.
“We left some balls in the middle of the plate and they made us pay for it,’’ Leaton said.
Adam Dolan had the Jets’ lone extra base hit — a double in the fifth which scored Johnson. Johnson was 3-for-4. Dolan had two RBI. McCandless and Sammy Terry had the Jets’ other RBI. Reliever Joey Muehr allowed four hits and two runs in 42⁄3 innings to get the win.
“We had a lot of hits, but we still didn’t put any runs on the board,’’ Leaton said. “We didn’t put any crooked numbers up here. About every inning, we had a chance to break out, but we didn’t.
“Every hit was right at somebody. It was a station-to-station deal, but that’s the way the game is played. We had a chance to make some plays, but we didn’t do it.’’
The Jets, after the Connors game, will host Redlands in a 1 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday at David Allen. They will face the Cougars at El Reno in a twinbill Saturday.