By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News & Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Russ Colgan didn’t let a groin injury keep him from being the hero in Northern Oklahoma College Enid’s 4-3 win over No. 6-ranked Redlands in the second game of a doubleheader at David Allen Memorial Ballpark Monday.
Colgan, sidelined for the past week, delivered a two-RBI pinch-hit double in the sixth inning as the Jets (8-31 overall and 1-7 in the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference) overcame a 3-2 deficit and ended an 11-game losing streak.
Colgan had a two-RBI single in the opener in the sixth which tied the game at 3-3 but the Cougars came back to score six runs in the seventh for a 9-3 win.
“You want to be that guy to be up with the game on the line,’’ Colgan said about his big hit. “I’m just trying to do whatever I can for the team. Getting a W is awesome.’’
Colgan’s heroics were set up by some rare good luck for the Jets for a change.
Chase Knott reached on an error to lead off the inning. A.J. Wilson tried to bunt him to second. The ball went straight up, but dropped before catcher Rahul Badve come up with it.
Third baseman Chris Musick threw wildly to second to get Knott, allowing the Jets shortstop to reach third.
Colgan followed with a double to the right center wall to score both runners.
“I just tried to square up and put it in play,’’ Colgan said. “It was a little tough coming off the bench, but I was confident I could get a hit for the team.’’
Jets coach Raydon Leaton wasn’t looking for an extra base hit when he called Colgan to pinch hit.
“I was just hoping he could drive in some runs,’’ Leaton said. “He had two quality at bats today.’’
Leaton felt the Jets were due for some good luck. The Cougars had scored twice on a dropped fly ball in the fourth and had taken a 3-2 lead in the top of the sixth on a solo homer by Petr Sila.
“We haven’t had that many breaks like that all season,’’ Leaton said. “When you have had some hard luck like we have had, getting that first win is difficult. You just hope now this is something that will get you going for the next series (at Western Thursday).’’
Hayden James, the losing pitcher in an 8-2 loss in the second game of a doubleheader at Redlands Saturday, retired the final five batters in relief to get the win.
“I wanted the ball today,’’ he said. “When you haven’t got a win yet, the first one is always the biggest. I just tried to throw as hard as I can and not think about anything else. That keeps my head focused.’’
“He told me he was good to go,’’ Leaton said. “It was good to see him compete and close the game out. We have been needing someone on the back end to come and do that. That’s something you expect a third-year guy to do.’’
Jets starter Zach Bradford, in 51⁄3 innings, had allowed only three hits while striking out two and walking two.
“Zach is capable of doing that on a regular basis,’’ Leaton said. “He changes speeds well. He’s one of those soft lefties who is two- or three-hitting you and you don’t know how.’’
Haden Johnson scored NOC Enid’s other two runs, coming home on a ground out by Korbin Polston in the first and a single by Sammy Terry in the third.
Austin Hannum threw a strong game in the opener, allowing only four hits and one earned run over 52⁄3 innings.
“Austin has had two or three good outings in a row,’’ Leaton said. “He deserved a better outcome.’’
Alex Harris had three RBI in the seventh for the Cougars on a solo homer to open the inning and a two-RBI single. Redlands
(6-2 in conference) sent up 11 batters in the inning.
Colgan’s two-RBI single drove in Polston and Terry, who had singled with one out. Johnson struck out, but A.J. Wilson kept the inning alive with a walk, followed by Colgan’s clutch single.
NOC Enid scored in the first when Aaron McCandless singled, stole second and scored on a ground out by Polston.
REDLANDS 9, NOC ENID 3
REDLANDS 000 120 6 - 9 10 0
NOC 100 002 0 - 3 7 3
WP — Mosel, 6 innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 3 ER, 5 strikeouts, 1 walk. LP — Freie. Redlands — Harris, 2-for-4, home run, 3 RBI; Musick, 2-for-4, RBI; Sucha, 2-for-4; Blair, 2-for-3, RBI. NOC Enid — Colgan, 2 RBI.
NOC ENID 4, REDLANDS 3
REDLANDS 000 201 0 — 3 3 3
NOC 101 002 x — 4 5 1
WP — James, 12⁄3 innings, 1 walk. LP — Kretchmar. Redlands — Sila, 2-for-3, home run, double, RBI. NOC Enid — Colgan, 2 RBI; Johnson, 2 runs scored.