By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Enid High’s baseball team’s beleaguered pitching staff is getting some backup.
Plainsman freshman Jonny Chavez will toe the mound for his first career varsity start at 6 tonight against U.S. Grant, weather permitting.
Enid coach Bill Mayberry said a decision will be made this morning whether the game will be played. The tarp was over the infield for the weekend.
“It will come down to whether it’s too windy, too cold or too wet in the outfield,’’ Mayberry said.
Chavez will be counted on to relieve an Enid staff that has surrendered more than seven earned runs per seven innings in 12 games.
Chavez reaches the milestone for a Plainsmen team (3-9) has lost two straight and four of its last five, including an 0-4 start in 6A-4 play. Enid lost 9-6 — with seven errors — to previously winless Heritage Hall on Thursday and again to Midwest City 7-0 Friday in the Edmond Festival.
“I was feel like we need to get (a win),” said Enid coach Bill Mayberry. “I feel like we need to get every one we play, But yeah, it would be nice (to break the slump).”
Enid’s next chance to do so is against a typically cellar-dwelling U.S. Grant team that has turned its fortunes early in 2013. The Generals (7-6) have won five straight and seven of its last eight games after losing its first five.
“They won the All-City tournament down in Oklahoma City, and that’s all I know about them,” Mayberry said. “Obviously, we’re not going to look past anybody.”
Chavez, who made his starting debut in the field on March 15, earned his first varsity pitching start in part based on a junior varsity performance against the home-schooled Oklahoma City Broncos last week.
Chavez struck out four and surrendered one earned run in an 11-3 win against the Broncos, the same team and pitcher that beat the Plainsman varsity 9-8 in the season-opening On The Border Tournament in Fort Smith, Ark.
“I certainly hope like he throws like he did earlier this week against the Broncos,” Mayberry said of the freshman, who was scheduled to make his first start on the mound Saturday against Putnam City North, a game that was rained out.
The will be broadcast on KCRC (1390 AM).�