Northern Oklahoma College Enid’s softball team relied heavily on the right arm of Summer Leitka to gain a split of a doubleheader with Eastern Saturday.
Leitka struck out eight and allowed only three hits and one walk as the Lady Jets won the second game of the twinbill 6-1.
Leitka had been the losing pitcher in NOC Enid’s 2-1 loss in the opener in which she walked five and allowed six hits. She struck out six.
It was the first time this season Leitka had thrown both games of a doubleheader. The split lifted the Lady Jets to 18-10 in conference and 36-15 overall.
“It’s very positive for us that she could throw 14 innngs in heat (temperature 80 degrees) like this,’’ said NOC Enid coach Jamie Roberts. “She was a lot better pitcher in the second game. She made some small adjustments and that was just about it. It was good to see the kids bounce back like they did.’’
Roberts said she felt the Lady Jets gave away the first game. Eastern scored an unearned run in the fifth and won the game on a RBI single by Daniella Castillo in the seventh.
Eastern ace Kaley Reding allowed only five hits — the big blow being a solo homer by Selika Shives. She struck out nine and walked only one.
“I thought we would hit her better than we did after she threw 13 innings against Connors yesterday, but we didn’t’’ Roberts said. “We were frustrated at the plate. We weren’t putting the ball in play as much as we should have.’’
The Lady Jets had 10 hits in the nightcap, scoring five runs in the first and one in the sevneth.
Kori Barrios led the attack by going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and scoring twice. Aaliyah Sebock was two-for-three and scored a run.
Shyanna Sigman was 1-for-3 with a RBI double and a run scored. Lacey Shipp was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Sydney Harrel was 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Taylor Todd was 1-for-3 with a run scored.
“We were seeing the ball a lot better the second game,’’ Roberts said. “We weren’t getting as deep in the count where you don’t have to think as much.’’
The Lady Jets will visit conference rival Rose State on Tuesday.
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