No. 5-ranked Des Moines (Iowa) Area Community College’s Edwin Medina drove in four runs, including a game-winning two-run homer in the seventh as the Bears beat Northern Oklahoma College Enid 6-4 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
Des Moines completed the sweep with an 8-2 victory in the second game behind a home run from Shea Molitor.
The two losses dropped the Jets to 1-7 for the season. The two teams play a 1 p.m. single game this afternoon with Christian Lafontan scheduled to pitch for NOC Enid.
“We competed well today,’’ said Jets coach Raydon Leaton. “I told the guys it’s better to be going through this in February than in April or May when it counts.’’
Des Moines has gone to the Division II World Series at David Allen the last two seasons.
“The only way to get better is to play teams like that,’’ Leaton said. “We’re seeing guys that we have to beat if we want to win championships. A lot of our guys are seeing pitching like this for the first time.
“I could have scheduled some cupcakes and get some more wins, but that won’t make us any better. Today will make us better. We’re always going to schedule them (DMACC) as long as they want to come. We’ll see the results down the road.’’
Medina went 5-for-5 in the first game with four RBI and two runs scored.
Patrick Fiala opened the Bears’ seventh with a single. One out later, Medina hit a Kent Callison pitch over the left field fence to give his team the 6-4 lead.
The Jets had tied the game in the bottom of the sixth when A.J. Wilson doubled home Korbin Polston, who had walked. Wilson was stranded at second after a strikeout and a groundout.
“We had a couple of chances,’’ Leaton said. “Against a good ballclub like this, if you don’t take advantage of your opportunities, you’re not going to win.’’
Polston’s two-run homer, the first of the season for the Jets, was the big blow in a three-run fourth which gave NOC Enid a 3-2 lead. It scored Chase Knott, who singled, ahead of him.
Sammy Terry followed with a single and scored afer a walk to Webb and a single by D yce Applegate. The Bears answered back with runs in the fifth and sixth.
NOC Enid ace Zac Postoak, making his first appearance of the season, allowed five hits over three innings. He allowed two runs, both unearned. He walked two and struck out five.
He didn’t pitch last week because of a tender bicep.
“He threw well,” Leaton said. “We had him on a short leash.’’
In the second game, the Bears scored three runs in the fifth, two in the second and fourth and one in the fifth.
Shea Molitor homered for DMACC while Aaron Overbeck had two RBI.
Bears pitchers Dakota Freeze and Ben Larpenter combined for a five-hitter and nine strikeouts. Freeze allowed only one hit and an unearned run over four innings. He struck out five and walked five.
“We ran into some good pitching,’’ Leaton said.
The Jets scored single runs in the third and the seventh. Aaron McCandless, with two outs in the seventh, singled and scored after singles by Knott and Polston. Applegate led off the third getting hit by a pitch. He eventually scored after a walk to T.J. Turner, and an error.
Hayden James took the loss for the Jets. He went three and two-thirds innings, allowing five hits, five runs, four earned runs and three walks. He struck out three.