The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 6, 2013

Cowley slides past Jets

By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Cowley (Kan.) County relievers Alex Graham, Tyler Day and Seth Holman combined to hold Northern Oklahoma College Enid hitless over the final four innings as the Cowboys beat the slumping Jets 13-11 Wednesday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.

The only Jets runner to reach in the final four innings was Dyce Applegate, who reached on a passed ball after striking out against Graham in the sixth.

The last 10 Jets batters were retired.

“We lost our discipline at the plate,’’ said Jets coach Raydon Leaton. “They had better guys pitching, but we had guys with a chance to do some damage and they were swinging at some balls that were out of the zone.’’

The contrast between the first five and the last four innings was striking.

NOC Enid batters drew seven walks in the first five innings and had three batters hit by pitches. The Jets had eight hits.

“The reason we were getting guys on were they weren’t doing that (swinging at pitches out of the strike zone),’’ Leaton said. “We lost that discipline.’’

Korbin Polston had three RBI for the Jets. Sammy Turner and T.J. Turner had two. Aaron McCandless was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and an RBI double. Chase Knott and Applegate both scored twice. Applegate had an RBI

The Jets tied the game at 11-11 with four runs on only one hit — a lead-off single by Adam Dolan.

NOC Enid had two runs in the first, four in the second on five hits, including RBI doubles by Turner and McCandless and one in the fourth.

However, NOC Enid pitchers struggled, giving up 14 hits and 12 walks, while hitting two more batters. They threw four wild pitches.

Cowley took the lead for good in the sixth when Mike Parker’s two-out RBI single scored Brent Beasley, who had doubled.

“Every time we would answer, we would go out and give up a run,’’ Leaton said. “We never had a shut down inning. Our pitchers have to throw better than that.’’

Austin Hammon threw a scoreless seventh and eighth, only to give up a run in the ninth, walking two batters and giving up an RBI single to J.C. Sturgeon.

“We can’t figure out how you can get two quick outs and then give up two walks and a hit,’’ Leaton said. “That’s been the story of our season (2-11), Our pitchers have to get tougher than that. We’re trying to get them there. We still have time to get them there.’’

Matt Anderson had four RBI for the Cowboys, including a pair of two-RBI singles that were the big hits in the fourth and fifth when Cowley scored three runs in each inning.

Anderson was the only Cowley starter not to score a run.

NOC Enid will try again today when they go to Independence, Kan., for a doubleheader. Zach Postoak and Hayden James are scheduled to pitch for the Jets.

“We’re working hard,’’ Leaton said. “We have had a good attitude and we’re trying to get better and we are getting better. But we still have yet to put three phases of the game together. When we do, we’re going to be fine. Sometime, though, we have to get over the hump and get going in the right direction.’’