The playoffs seem to bring out the best in Enid’s Chris O’Brien.

The senior right-hander had the distinction of being the winning pitcher in both the regional final (7-5 over Moore) and state tournament (4-1 over Edmond Memorial) a year ago.

This year, O’Brien is scheduled to be the starter in Enid’s second game of the regional tournament, which begins today at Edmond North.

Tyson Seng will be the starter for today’s 4:30 p.m. game against Putnam City North. The host Huskies play Putnam City West at 2. The losers play at 7 tonight and the winners play at 4 p.m. Friday.

“I’ve done well in the playoffs,’’ O’Brien said. “You just have to look at it as just another game and do what you have to been taught. The big thing is not to get rattled. We have worked hard to get this far. You want to put all the pieces together to go to the state tournament.’’

O’Brien was 9-2 with a 1.95 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 61 innings a year ago as a junior.

His senior season has been a series of ups and downs. He is 4-3 with a 2.68 ERA with 58 strikeouts in 522⁄3 innings. He has thrown four complete games, including a 5-0 shutout of Moore, a game in which he struck out 12 and allowed only four hits.

A week after the Moore game, he was suspended for the Carl Albert Tournament for undisclosed reasons. He was in the dugout but not in uniform when Enid lost to Carl Albert 10-5 in the tournament finals.

“It was a pretty humbling experience,’’ he said. “It’s not something you want to go through your senior year, but it happened. You have to go through it and work harder when you come back. You don’t look back.’’

O’Brien said he didn’t disagree with the suspension. He appreciated support of teammates. He said EHS head coach Scott Baugh and assistant James Peoples “have been real good to me.’’

“I came back with a lot better attitude,’’ O’Brien said. “I came back trying to work harder to help this ballclub as I much as I can.’’

Baugh’s faith in O’Brien paid off immediately.

O’Brien was the winning pitcher in a 5-4 win at Midwest City in his first game back. That was the first time EHS had beaten the Bombers at Midwest City in Baugh’s six-year tenure. Baugh was a long-time Midwest City assistant.

“I thought it would be a good game to get for him,’’ O’Brien said. “I went out there with the attitude that I was going to win that game. I wasn’t going to let anybody take it away from me. It was real emotion in the dugout and one of our most exciting games.’’

O’Brien admits to some frustration this season.

“At times I’ve done pretty well and at times I haven’t done well,’’ he said. “You have to keep your head up and keep going because you’re going to have times like that.’’

Baugh said he’s “real proud’’ of how O’Brien is pitching.

“He’s doing everything we ask him to do,’’ he said. “He’s been a good leader and a good player for us.’’

The wins over Moore and Edmond Memorial last year have been highlights of his career. He hopes the highlight hasn’t happened yet.

“What could be better than ending your senior season with a chance to play for the state championship,’’ he said. “It was pretty exciting last year. We had the talent to do it. There’s no doubt we have the talent to do it this year.’’

O’Brien is excited to have a chance to pitch against Edmond North, which won the Gladys Winters Tournament at David Allen Memorial Ballpark last month.

“They swing the bat pretty well,’’ O’Brien said. “They play good defense and have good leadership. They will be a tough team to beat, but we have a good team. The guys have worked hard. If we play like we’re capable of, we’ll be fine.’’

O’Brien, for the first time in his high school career, is getting a chance to swing the bat on a regular basis. He’s hitting .274 with three doubles and seven RBI.

“Coach Baugh told me before the season he was counting on me being a hitter for this team,’’ he said. “I hit .350 in the summer. I go up there with the idea of trying to put the ball in play and make them handle it. It’s more fun to be a hitter, especially since I know I probably won’t hit in college.’’

O’Brien visited Wichita State Tuesday.

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