The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 11, 2014

Cowley County run rules Jets


Enid News and Eagle

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. — Northern Oklahoma College Enid should be thankful for the eight-run, seven inning run-rule after falling to Cowley County (Kan.) 20-1 Tuesday in junior college baseball action Tuesday.

It was the fourth loss in a row for the Jets, who dropped to 8-5 overall. Cowley (12-3) has won nine in a row.

The Tigers pounded eight NOC Enid pitchers for 16 hits, but the pitchers could sue their teammates for non-support, too.

The Jets’ defense committed a season-high seven errors. Six different infielders made errors. Two double plays weren’t completed because of a miscue on the throw to second. Eight of the Tigers’ runs were unearned.

The Jets collected only four hits, one of which was an RBI double by Russ Colgan in the fifth which scored Korbin Polston with the game’s only run. Korey Floyd also had a double for the Jets. Chisholm’s Garron Nixon had a single in his lone at-bat. Nik Gifford had NOC Enid’s other hit.

Cowley starter Conner Murray threw three hitless innings while striking out two. Jon Chidester took the loss for the Jets, allowing five hits, seven runs and four earned runs in one and one-third innings. He walked two.

“We went up and competed and had a lot of energy,’’ said Jets coach Raydon Leaton.”Things didn’t go our way. We talked to them about how adversity can build character, not only in baseball, but in life.

“Tomorrow, we can go out with our tails between our legs and feel sorry for ourselves or we can hit the reset button and go back to the basics which got us here (8-1 start). I think we’ll be on board. We got a big weekend series (with Des Moines Area Community College) and we’ll see if we can’t get some big wins.’’

The Tigers scored a run in the first, six in the second, two in the third, eight in the fifth and three in the sixth.

Matt Elliot led the Tiger attack, going three-for-four with three RBI, including the game’s only home run.

 He scored four runs.

Cowley’s Chad Reibenspies was 2-for-5 with three RBI, including a triple. He scored twice. Gage Grant ws 2-for-4 with two RBI and a double. Ryan McBroom was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Joining the Tigers’ hit parade was Zack Mills of Broken Arrow who went 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored three runs, along with Butch Rea, who went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a pair of runs.

The Jets are off until Friday when they host No. 18-ranked Des Moines Area Community College at 7 p.m. at David Allen Memorial Ballpark. The two teams will play a doubleheader Saturday and a single game on Sunday.