Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Northern Oklahoma College Enid baseball coach Raydon Leaton has insisted all season “if we put all three phases of the game together, we’re a good ballclub.’’
The Jets didn’t look like a team that came into the game 10-33 overall and 1-11 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference in sweeping OCAC rival Carl Albert 4-2 and 6-0 Thursday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
First game starter Zach Postoak allowed only three hits while walking only two and striking out three. He did not allow a hit the last three innings.
Second game starter John Chidester threw his second straight shutout, allowing only six hits and one walk while striking out six.
The Jets scored four runs in the fifth to win the first game and had 11 hits in the second, including Aaron McCandless’ first homer of the season. Braden Martin was two for three with three RBI.
“That was the best doubleheader we played all year,’’ Leaton said. “We hooked up for 14 innings. We got good pitching. They threw a pretty good kid the first game, but we clawed and scratched and got some big hits when we needed it. We’re ready to go to their place Sunday to try to catch them and pass them in conference.
NOC Enid, at 3-11, now is only one game behind the Vikings (4-10) for fourth place in the conference.
Chidester was bothered by a blister and pitched the last three innings “on guts,’’ Leaton said.
“I threw strikes, that’s just about it,’’ Chidester said. “My breaking ball wasn’t as good as I wanted it to be. I had some issues with my finger, but it was good enough to do what I did. I have a lot of confidence now. I’m ready for the next one.’’
The Jets did not commit an error behind him. They scored twice in the second on RBI singles by McCandless and Martin, and three in the third with Martin’s two-RBI double being the big blow. Chase Knott was 2-for-2 and scored twice.
“I just let them make the plays,’’ Chidester said about his defense. “Thank goodness for the offense today.’’
Postoak allowed all three hits in the second when the Vikings scored both of their runs.
“I was leaving the ball up in that one bad inning,’’ Postoak said. “Then I found my rhythm. I kept the ball down and got ground balls. We were able to put all three phases together today.’’
Postoak was coming off giving up 10 runs and three homers to No. 3 Western on Sunday.
“That was definitely rough on me,’’ he said. “It was good for me to throw well today.’’
Polston’s two-RBI double was the big blow in the four-run fifth. Russ Colgan had a RBI double while Knott drove in the other run with a sacrifice. Dyce Applegate and Aaron McCandless ignited the rally with one-out singles.
The two teams play a 1:30 p.m. doubleheader Sunday at Poteau.