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March 20, 2014

Double play nips Plainsmen’s rally vs. Edmond Memorial

EDMOND, Okla. — Christian Voitik finally got the run support he’d waited for, but the Plainsmen couldn’t get one more when they needed it.

Enid’s catcher-turned-top-pitcher took a cleat to his throwing hand before his first pitch and went on to have his third quality start in as many attempts, but an Enid rally was clipped a run short on a game-ending double play with a runner on third Thursday in a 4-3 loss to Edmond Memorial at the Edmond/Guthrie Baseball Festival.

Hunter Childs scored Jonny Chavez on a one-out single in the seventh to pull Enid within a run, putting Gage McNeil on third with one out, but Braden Rogers grounded into a 4-6-3 double play in Enid’s next chance to clip the rally short.

Enid (2-4) fell behind 2-0 after a two-run double in the bottom of the first. The Plainsmen cut the margin to 2-1 in the second and 3-2 in the third, but never tied the game, hampered by three baserunning errors that turned out to be crucial. Bates Enmeier scored Rogers on a single in the third, but Devon Pratt, who courtesy ran for Voitik after his single, was caught rounding second, and Enmeier was caught on a delayed steal attempt with two outs to end the inning. With Enid down 4-2 in the fifth, Childs was picked off on a snap throw to third from Edmond Memorial (4-0) catcher, and Oklahoma State commit, Colin Simpson.

“You can tell it was early in the season,” said Enid coach Bill Mayberry. “Both teams made baserunning errors that were just brutal. You work through that early in the season here and in the playoffs, they become such a highlight again.”

The Plainsmen’s three runs were easily the most tallied in a Voitik start, tripling the support from his previous two — a 4-1 loss to Ponca City and a 1-0 defeat vs. Union — but it still wasn’t enough for Enid, which has lost by a combined five runs in three of its four losses. Voitik (0-3) allowed four runs, three earned, on eight hits, with two walks and three strikeouts in six and two-thirds innings, keeping the game close despite getting his right hand stepped on during a play at first in the opening frame, before he threw his first pitch.

“He’s a tough kid,” Mayberry said. “I had a relief pitcher getting started before he even took the mound before the injury ... We certainly consider him the guy right now. He’s done nothing to disprove that.”

Enid continues play in the festival with a doubleheader today, starting at noon against Olathe East, Kan., and finishing with a 2:30 p.m. game against Greenwood, Ariz.

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