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April 13, 2014

Union thumps Enid 11-1 in 5th

ENID, Okla. — Tulsa Union helped Enid take a 1-0 lead in the top of the first in the Gladys Winters Tournament’s final-day opener on Saturday morning, allowing Hunter Childs to score without the benefit of a hit in the frame.

The Plainsmen’s guests weren’t as charitable from there.

Union batted around in both the second and third innings to nullify Childs’ opening tally, scoring 11 unanswered runs to run-rule tournament host Enid 11-1 after four and a half innings.

Enid senior Christian Voitik (2-5) had an uncharacteristically unsteady day, giving up six runs — five earned — on four hits, a walk and a hit batter in two innings to take the loss, Enid’s seventh in eight games since a 7-7 start.

“In the bullpen, my fastball just wasn’t clicking,” Voitik said. “I figured when I got on the field, it’d be a bit different, but I don’t know. There was something about today. My arm felt good, but it just wasn’t there for me.”

The Plainsmen watched solid pitching performances go to waste in their previous two losses in the tournament thanks to shaky defense, or absent offense, and struggled on all three fronts on Saturday. Union’s Hunter Newkirk pitched a truncated complete game for the win, striking out six and holding the Plainsmen to one hit. After Childs was hit by a pitch in the first and later scored on a wild pitch, Enid had only three more baserunners, none of them advancing past first base.

“It’s time to regroup,” said Enid head coach Bill Mayberry. “That’s a bad day, a bad end to a tournament … Christian has been so good all year long, and he’s been sharp, but he wasn’t sharp (Saturday), but again, we just regroup.”

The rout capped a 1-3 tournament for the Plainsmen. Enid was 2-2 in last season’s Gladys Winters event, a relative high point in a 9-25 year. Enid lost to Yukon 6-4 after leading 4-1 in the seventh in Thursday’s tournament opener. The Plainsmen beat Edmond Memorial 5-3 late Thursday to avenge an earlier loss, but couldn’t continue the momentum, losing to Midwest City 3-2 on Friday and Union on Saturday. Union (10-11) snapped a five-game losing streak with the win.

Enid, now 8-14, will have a rare four-day break before playing Class B Red Oak in the opener of the Deer Creek Classic on Thursday.

“We just gotta keep being positive,” Voitik said. “We’ve got a positive mindset in our locker room right now. We know winning will come around … The aspects we need to work on, they’ll all come around.”

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