The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 21, 2012

NOC Enid sweeps DH from Cloud County

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle

— If a double play is a pitcher’s best friend, the wind blowing in on a cold day can’t be far behind.

Northern Oklahoma College Enid aces Justin Sheets and Jonathan Johnson took advantage of the weather conditions in pitching the Jets to a 6-2 and 10-3 sweep of Cloud County (Kan.) Monday at Failing Park.

Sheets allowed only five hits, while striking out one and walking one in the opener over six innings.

Johnson, in the nightcap, allowed only two hits over six innings, while striking out seven and walking only one.

“Those guys are sophomores, they’re supposed to throw the way they did,’’ said NOC Enid coach Raydon Leaton, whose team raised its record to 2-3. “We’re expecting big things out of them. They did what they were supposed to do.’’

Sheets threw only 70 pitches and would have pitched the seventh if not for a two-hour rain delay. The game was halted when it started hailing in the bottom of the sixth.

“I felt strong out there,’’ he said. “I was just throwing strikes and letting themselves get out. My changeup was really dancing and I was able to get a lot of ground balls and popups.’’

Sheets said he settled down after the second inning with the Jets up 4-1, thanks to a two-run homer by J.R. Head in the second.

“The wind was blowing in, so you know there weren’t going to be too many balls hit out,’’ Sheets said. “I had good defense behind me today. The six runs really helped me.’’

Johnson struck out five of the first six hitters he faced. Both of Cloud County’s runs were unearned, coming on a throwing error.

“I was just throwing strikes,’’ Johnson said. “I had movement on everything. The wind blowing in was a good factor. It helped everything that I threw.’’

The Jets came back from a 2-0 deficit with two runs in the third and six in the fourth, when they brought 11 batters to the plate.

“I could be a lot more aggressive because they gave me the runs that I needed,’’ Johnson said. “When I have these guys behind me, I have no doubt they’re going to make the plays.’’

Christian Faulkner had three RBI in the opener with a groundout in the first and a two-RBI double in the fifth. Dusty Harper had two doubles, including an RBI in the first. Head hit an opposite field homer over the left-field fence in the second.

“I just got a good pitch, and I was able to handle it well,’’ he said. “I worked hard over the offseason, and it really muscled me up. I have more power.’’

Brandon Ruiz’s two-RBI single was the big blow in the sixth-run fourth in the second game. Blake Callaway had an RBI double, while Andre Wilson and Logan Glasgow had RBI singles.

Wilson had two doubles while Glasgow had two singles. Callaway had a double and a single. Tyler Wilkins had the Jets’ other RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth.

NOC Enid and Cloud will play a doubleheader at Failing Park at 1 p.m. today. The Jets will play a nine-inning single game against Hesston scheduled for 6 p.m. at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. That game may be moved to NOC if the field is not dry enough, Leaton said.

Northern Oklahoma College Enid aces Justin Sheets and Jonathan Johnson took advantage of the weather conditions in pitching the Jets to a 6-2 and 10-3 sweep of Cloud County (Kan.) Monday at Failing Park.

Sheets allowed only five hits, while striking out one and walking one in the opener over six innings.

Johnson, in the nightcap, allowed only two hits over six innings, while striking out seven and walking only one.

“Those guys are sophomores, they’re supposed to throw the way they did,’’ said NOC Enid coach Raydon Leaton, whose team raised its record to 2-3. “We’re expecting big things out of them. They did what they were supposed to do.’’

Sheets threw only 70 pitches and would have pitched the seventh if not for a two-hour rain delay. The game was halted when it started hailing in the bottom of the sixth.

“I felt strong out there,’’ he said. “I was just throwing strikes and letting themselves get out. My changeup was really dancing and I was able to get a lot of ground balls and popups.’’

Sheets said he settled down after the second inning with the Jets up 4-1, thanks to a two-run homer by J.R. Head in the second.

“The wind was blowing in, so you know there weren’t going to be too many balls hit out,’’ Sheets said. “I had good defense behind me today. The six runs really helped me.’’

Johnson struck out five of the first six hitters he faced. Both of Cloud County’s runs were unearned, coming on a throwing error.

“I was just throwing strikes,’’ Johnson said. “I had movement on everything. The wind blowing in was a good factor. It helped everything that I threw.’’

The Jets came back from a 2-0 deficit with two runs in the third and six in the fourth, when they brought 11 batters to the plate.

“I could be a lot more aggressive because they gave me the runs that I needed,’’ Johnson said. “When I have these guys behind me, I have no doubt they’re going to make the plays.’’

Christian Faulkner had three RBI in the opener with a groundout in the first and a two-RBI double in the fifth. Dusty Harper had two doubles, including an RBI in the first. Head hit an opposite field homer over the left-field fence in the second.

“I just got a good pitch, and I was able to handle it well,’’ he said. “I worked hard over the offseason, and it really muscled me up. I have more power.’’

Brandon Ruiz’s two-RBI single was the big blow in the sixth-run fourth in the second game. Blake Callaway had an RBI double, while Andre Wilson and Logan Glasgow had RBI singles.

Wilson had two doubles while Glasgow had two singles. Callaway had a double and a single. Tyler Wilkins had the Jets’ other RBI when he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the sixth.

NOC Enid and Cloud will play a doubleheader at Failing Park at 1 p.m. today. The Jets will play a nine-inning single game against Hesston scheduled for 6 p.m. at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. That game may be moved to NOC if the field is not dry enough, Leaton said.