When he was a baseball player at Northern Oklahoma College Enid, Anthony Edwards used to cause coach Raydon Leaton to break into a cold sweat during basketball games.

During halftime festivities, the athletic Edwards occasionally would jump out of his bleacher seat, run to the court and do head-over-heel hand-springs down the court.

The impromptu performances were popular with the student section, but Leaton never was amused as he envisioned his star outfielder jamming a wrist or ankle or worse.

Leaton is much more pleased with Edwards’ most recent performances — tearing up the Continental Baseball League.

In his first season of professional baseball, Edwards is leading the CBL in seven offensive categories, including batting average (.344), RBI (33), slugging percentage (.451), runs (41), hits (67), triples (5) and total bases (88).

Edwards plays for the Texarkana (Texas) Gunslingers in the four-team independent league.

The Lawton native played two seasons at NOC Enid then two seasons at Ouachita Baptist University before embarking on his pro career.

Another former NOC Enid player is making his mark in the pro game.

Brenan Herrera is batting .320 with four homers and 34 RBI as the starting second baseman for the Wichita (Kan.) Wingnuts of the independent American Association.

Herrera, also a Lawton native, recently was the starting second baseman for the North Team at the league’s All-Star Game in St. Paul, Minn., collecting two hits in the game.

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