By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
It took two pitches for Enid’s familiar fielding woes to make an appearance, jamming starter Zeke Sarver with runners at second and third in the opening game of a doubleheader against Tulsa Union.
It didn’t take many more for the errors to cost the Plainsmen a game — maybe two.
Union swept the Plainsmen 17-4 and 7-3 Friday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark, piling up 11 unearned runs on 10 Enid errors along the way.
Sarver struck out Union pitcher Garrett Odom after third baseman Hunter Childs fielded a bunt cleanly, but skipped the throw to Jerry Kearney at first to advance runners to second and third.
Union right fielder Ross Nowlin hit an RBI single on the next play to start a five-run Redskin rally.
The Redskins led 11-1 after three innings, the only Enid answer coming on a solo home run by Christian Voitik, who added a double and another run in a 3-for-3 showing in the twinbill opener.
Enid closed to within 11-4 after four, but never did threaten the Union lead, which ballooned to 17-4 after a two-error, five run top of the seventh.
The Plainsmen’s defensive mishaps took their greatest toll in the nightcap.
Kearney started and fell behind 1-0 in the top of the first after a low throw from shortstop Cole Floyd scored a two-out run for Union. Kearney surrendered his only earned run in the top of the second on a double from Union third baseman Kyler Stout, who had six hits in nine at bats on the day.
Kearney scored Floyd on a bloop single in the top of the second, and Jake Walker hoodwinked Union starter Zach McNally, stealing home to even the game at 2 entering the third, when Kearney was replaced by Bates Enmeier after experiencing stiffness in his back.
Enmeier surrendered four runs, but only one earned. Kearney’s one unearned tally and Enmeier’s three ended up being the difference in the game.
A poor throw on a Union bunt by Enid third baseman Jonny Chavez — the final of four miscues for the freshman on the day — scored Union’s Jack Alspaugh all the way from first, which turned out to be the game-winning run.
“There you go, again,” said Enid coach Bill Mayberry. “We’ve just got to catch the ball and throw the ball.”
Floyd hit a home run in the nightcap and Tanner Fore had the bases loaded with the tying run at first and Enid down 6-3 in the bottom of the fifth, but struck out, slamming his bat on the ground after the missed chance.
Sarver (0-2) gave up 12 runs, eight earned, on 12 hits, a hit batter and a walk in five innings to take the loss in the opener. Enmeier (0-1) was saddled with the loss in the second game, walking one, striking out one and surrendering only one earned run, but four overall.
Odom (1-1) and McNally (2-0) earned the wins for Union (7-2, 6-1 in 6A-4).
Enid (2-7, 0-4 6A-4) has lost five straight, four of them in 6A-4 play.
The Plainsmen next host the OKC Broncos in a non-district game at 1 p.m. Monday.