The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 19, 2013

Jets end losing streak

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The gloom and doom of an eight-game losing streak was just a memory after Northern Oklahoma College Enid’s 13-9 victory over Butler County (Kan.) Community College Tuesday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

“Winning is always fun,’’ said Jets coach Raydon Leaton.

Especially for Timberlake’s Stetson Buller, who picked up his first collegiate win in relief. He allowed two runs and four hits, but did not walk a batter.

“It feels pretty good,’’ Buller said. “Winning is nothing new for me, but it feels good to do it at the college level. Hopefully, this (winning) sticks like that for awhile.’’

Buller’s first focus was throwing strikes.

“There’s a lot of things that I have to do better at,’’ Buller said. “But I did a lot better about getting on top of the hitters.’’

The Jets pitchers allowed only one walk over the last seven innings after giving up three in the first two. Austin Hilton, who came in relief in the ninth after Buller allowed a single and a double, struck out Gus Strunk with runners on first and third to end the game.

The Jets did not make an error in the field the last eight frames after committing two in the first inning.

“We had a long talk yesterday about how you win,’’ Leaton said. “Throwing strikes is a big key to it. It gives you a chance to make plays behind you. When you’re throwing a lot of strikes, the defense plays better.’’

The Jets were able to out hit the Grizzlies 13-12. Sammy Terry had five RBI with a bases-loaded double in the first and a two-RBI double in the second.

“A lot of it was just staying focused,’’ Terry said. “We have been struggling a little bit, but if you keep pushing after it, it will come. Baseball is a game where there’s a little bit of luck involved. We just need to have things happen for us.’’

The Jets (2-8) will be off until Saturday, when they host Longview for a 2 p.m. doubleheader.

“We definitely got our bats going today,’’ Terry said. “Our pitchers started to throw strikes and we started to get after it. We’ll be ready for the weekend.’’

Korbin Polston was 3-for-4 and scored four runs, including a solo home run in the eighth. Shattuck’s Aaron McCandless was 3-for-5 with an RBI single in the second. He scored twice. Eight of the nine starters scored at least one run.

Chase Knott’s two-RBI single was the big blow in a five-run fifth which gave the Jets a 12-8 lead. A.J. Wilson had an RBI single, Keaton Webb and Dyce Applegate had RBI on bunts. The Jets had been having trouble playing small ball early.

“It was one of those games where we had to score a lot of runs to win and we did,’’ Leaton said. “We got guys in scoring position and we got them in, and that was a big part of it.

“Our bats are starting to come around because we have seen some pitching. Early in the season, when you haven’t seen some pitching on a consistent basis, it’s difficult to get your rhythm and timing down.’’