On another cold day at Stanion Field, the Pratt Community College Beaver offense was more frigid than the brisk northeast wind.


The Beavers dropped a pair of nonconference games against Northern Oklahoma College at Enid, 7-1 and 6-3.


On another cold day at Stanion Field, the Pratt Community College Beaver offense was more frigid than the brisk northeast wind.

The Beavers dropped a pair of nonconference games against Northern Oklahoma College at Enid, 7-1 and 6-3.

The Beavers (15-15, 3-9 Jayhawk West) managed just 11 combined hits in both games and did not record an extra-base hit in either contest. Head coach Ryan Schmidt was less concerned about the outcome and more concerned with the effort level from his team.

“There’s not much good to talk about,” Schmidt said. “I don’t think we showed up today. It’s frustrating when you get 14 innings to play baseball and you only score in two of them. I just don’t think we did a very good job of competing all the way around. We just didn’t compete tonight, which is disappointing coming off of a good weekend.”

Normally in a midweek game, Pratt pitches by committee and gets innings to the non-weekend starters, but because the Sunday games against Dodge City were postponed to next week, Schmidt went with the second half of his weekend rotation. Alex Cox started game one and Jarrod Jameson started game two. Between them, they gave up six earned runs in a combined four innings of work.

“I think we gave them a lot,” Schmidt said. “I think we walked the leadoff batter four out of the seven innings in the second game. We didn’t put very many guys away. Those are our starters – they missed their second day with Dodge City so we were going to throw them short today, and those guys weren’t ready to go.”

The first game saw Enid (16-13) take a three-run lead early and never look back, adding insurance runs in the fifth and seventh innings while the Beaver offense continued to flounder.

In the second game, Pratt made a game of it, spotting the Jets a 6-0 lead before scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth to force Enid to throw some of their better arms to close things out.

In the end, the free-swinging Beavers – who struck out 12 times in game two – couldn’t get hits in the final innings. Enid reliever Garrett Kelly struck out the side in the sixth before Austin Pfeiffer came in for the seventh and got two strike outs.

“We fell short, ran out of time,” Schmidt said. “The game was right there. They threw some good arms at us at the end, which really stifled us. We just didn’t play with a lot of energy tonight, and that’s my fault. I don’t know what we need to do different, but it’s just a frustrating day all the way around.”

After playing in the cold at Stanion Field again, Schmidt and the Beavers are looking forward to a weekend series in the warm weather, which is supposed to move in today.

“I think it’s supposed to be better this weekend,” he said. “It definitely has an effect on you, but we just didn’t compete. That’s got to cut at our heart a little bit. It’s not who we are. And I don’t want to make excuses. We didn’t compete and we didn’t show up, and that’s a big concern for me going into a big weekend with Garden City.”

Pratt hosts the Broncbusters in a weekend series, with doubleheaders starting Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m.

 

NOC – Enid 7, Pratt 1

Enid            030  020  2 – 7  10  1

Pratt            010  000  0 – 1  5  1

 

Pitching: Enid – Hood (W), Kelly (7). PCC – Cox (L), Gonzales (3), Mais (5), Kilmer (7). Hitting: 2B – Enid: Keith. HBP – Enid: Ruiz; PCC: Geist, Warchuck.

 

NOC – Enid 6, Pratt 3

Enid            302  100  0 – 6  7  0

Pratt            000  300  0 – 3  6  2

 

Pitching: Enid –  Stephens (W), Kelly (6), Pfeiffer (7, S). PCC – Jameson (L), Cofer (3), Jenkins (5), Mustain (6). Hitting: 2B – Enid: Chalk 2, Inbody. HBP – Enid: Sexton.