Enid News and Eagle
HESSTON, Kan. —
HESSTON, Kan. — Hesston College no doubt is glad it won’t be seeing Northern Oklahoma College Enid ace Jon Chidester the rest of the season.
Chidester (3-2), who stopped the Larks 3-1 on Feb. 22 on a two-hitter, did even better Saturday, recording the Jets’ first shutout of the season.
He allowed only two hits, while striking out seven and walking three.
The Jets followed that up by beating York (Neb.) 8-2 behind freshman Austin Billiot, who scattered four hits over five innings.
Chidester allowed only singles to Scott Cooper and Corey Fowler.
“They were having a real hard time catching up to his fastball,’’ said Jets coach Raydon Leaton. “He threw some changeups to some lefthanders but that was about it. He threw really well.’’
The Jets gave Chidester all the support he would need with three runs in the third. Hesston’s Dustin King allowed only three hits, all of which came in the third.
NOC Enid loaded the bases on singles by Nick Yoning and Haden Johnson and Dyce Applegate reaching on an error.
With one out, Korbin Polston hit a sinking line drive which the Larks left fielder dove for but wasn’t able to get to. Polston ended up on third with a three-run triple.
Billiot, who had thrown less than two innings before Saturday, struck out eight and did not walk a batter. He allowed only a run in the fourth.
“We extended him a little more than we normally would at this time,’’ Leaton said. “We knew what we wanted to do with him. We were hoping he would make it to the fifth to save arms because we brought a limited staff. He was tired, but he dug in well to get to the fifth. He threw in a little bit of guts.’’
The Jets scored six runs in the first and another in the second to take pressure off Billiott.
Jared Thompson was one-for-two and scored three runs. Johnson and Lane Cobb had doubles. The Jets took advantage of three errors and three walks.
Leaton was able to empty his bench after the early onslaught. Reserve Tate Stokes was 2-for-3 and had an RBI.
Nolan Fanning and Cobb had the Jets’ other RBI.
Austin Hilton and Scotty Harvill will pitch for the Jets (13-9) today against Brown-Mackie, whom they swept 5-1 and 12-1 on Feb. 18 at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.