Enid News and Eagle
PRATT, Kan. —
Haden Johnson had three RBI, Russ Colgan had two hits, including a triple and RBI, and Aaron McCandless and Korbin Polston also had two hits apiece as Northern Oklahoma College Enid pounded out a 10-8 victory over Pratt Community College (Kan.) Wednesday in the nightcap of a doubleheader to salvage a split in the twinbill. The Jets dropped the opener 7-1.
The Jets erupted for 10 runs in the first two innings in the nightcap to take a commanding 10-2 lead and withstood a five-run fourth-inning rally and late surge to hang for the 10-8 victory over the Beavers.
Colgan led off the game with a triple and came home on Aaron McCandless’ single to open the scoring as the Jets jumped on Pratt starter Justin Glover for five runs in the first inning. Johnson had a two-RBI single in the inning and the Jets also took advantage of two fielding miscues.
NOC Enid plated five more runs in the second inning after Colgan again started the rally, this time with a lead-off single.
Johnson picked up his third RBI after being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded after Polston drove Colgan home.
“Johnson is a catalyst guy for us,” Mansfield said.
The Jets also added a run in the inning on a wild pitch and another on a sacrifice fly from Dolan as they roughed up starter Glover for eight earned runs in just 11⁄3 innings and took a 10-2 lead after two innings.
Pratt made it a game with a five-run fourth inning to make it 10-7 that chased Jets starter Hayden James from the mound. Kent Callison came on in relief and quelled the Beavers’ uprising. Callison went 31⁄3 innings, allowing two runs and struck out three. James allowed six earned runs and struck five and walked five before being relieved.
“They had to battle and throw some strikes,” Mansfield said. “They had their ups and downs.”
The Beavers added a run in the sixth inning, but Matt Kennewell shut the door on Pratt in the final inning to secure the 10-8 win for the Jets.
“That was a good bounce back game (after dropping the opener),” Mansfield said. “We try to preach to these guys that in baseball you need a short memory to make a quick turnaround. It’s a learning process.”
NOC Enid was unable to overcome a 3-0 first inning deficit in dropping the opening game of the doubleheader, 7-1.
The Jets, after stranding more runners in the second, scored their only run in the third to narrow the Beavers’ lead to 3-1 when Polston’s RBI single drove home Colgan, who had opened the frame with a single.
However, the Beavers responded with three runs in the bottom of the third and a single run in the fourth inning to take a 7-1 lead and close out the scoring.
Austin Hannum (0-1) started the game for the Jets and took the loss, going three innings, allowing six runs (five earned), striking out five and walking two. Zach Bradford went three innings in relief, allowing only one earned run.
The Jets (7-19) head to Warner today for a single game against Connors State College. John Chedister (1-0) is expected to start for NOC Enid.