Enid’s Christian Lafontan found a simple secret Friday.
The secret of pitching is throwing strikes.
Lafontan, who came into the game with 13 walks and four strikeouts, turned that around (six strikeouts and three walks) in throwing a two-hitter in a 6-1 win over Midwest City at the Gladys Winters Memorial Tournament Friday night at David Allen Memorial Ballpark.
Lafontan went 62⁄3 innings before giving way to Lawson King for the final out as the Plainsmen came back from a heartbreaking 8-7 loss to Yukon Thursday.
“I just changed my mentality,’’ said the senior left-hander. “I was going right to the strike zone every time. I was just hitting my spots and throwing strikes, which I wasn’t doing before.’’
Lafontan allowed only a fourth-inning single by J.R. Head and a sixth-inning double by Tyler Carpenter. He got out of a bases-loaded jam in the fourth by retiring J.D. Smith on a sacrifice fly and struck out Greg Bruno with a runner on third in the sixth when Enid was clinging to a 3-1 lead.
“A lot it before was between his ears,’’ said Enid coach James Peoples. “When you fill it up and give your defense a chance to make plays, it makes a world of difference.’’
Lafontan stopped another potential Midwest City threat when he started a 1-6-3 double play to end the second inning.
“This is a confidence builder for me,’’ Lafontan said. “After the second inning, it was going quicker. I was focusing more. I didn’t think about anything else but throwing strikes.’’
Third baseman Mikey Bretado had two sacrifice flies. Dillon Walker had a two-RBI single to give Enid a 2-1 lead in the fourth.
Brock Enmeier’s two-RBI double was the big blow of a three-run seventh, which put the Plainsmen ahead 6-1.
Brady Baugh, hitting in the No. 2 spot for the first time this season, went 2-for-4. He scored twice and stole a base.
“Brock Enmeier is seeing the ball real well and hitting the ball well,’’ Peoples said. “Brady Baugh is seeing the ball well and swinging the bat well.’’
The win boosted Enid’s record to 5-5 going into tonight’s game with Edmond North.
The Plainsmen blew a 6-0 lead in falling to Yukon 8-7 Thursday. The Millers scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh.
Enmeier opened the Enid fourth with a single. Joe Phillips walked. Blake Ferguson sacrificed the runners to second and third and Walker followed with a single up the middle to make it 2-1.
The Plainsmen manufactured a run in the fifth. Baugh singled and stole second. Colter LeGrant drew a walk. A sacrifice by Erick Ramirez and a sacrifice fly by Bretado brought in Baugh.
Baugh, LeGrant and Ramirez walked to open the seventh. Bretado’s sacrifice fly scored Baugh. Enmeier’s opposite-field double scored LeGrant and Ramirez.
“I was just doing my job,’’ Bretado said about the two sacrifice flies. “We had to forget about yesterday.’’
Enmeier is finding his swing after reporting late from basketball.
“I’ve been working a lot in the cages,’’ he said. “It took me a couple of weeks, but I’m seeing it well and I’m hitting it well.’’
ENID 6, MIDWEST CITY 1
ENID MIDWEST CITY
ab r h bi ab r h bi
Black cf 4 0 1 0 Cody cf-lf 3 0 0 0
Baugh lf 3 2 2 0 Davis p-ss 3 0 0 0
LeGrnt ss 1 1 0 0 Head ss-cf 3 0 1 0
Ramrz lb 1 1 0 0 Jhnsn rf 2 1 0 0
Brtdo 3b 1 0 0 2 Carptnr c 3 0 1 0
Enmer dh 4 0 2 2 Brown cr 0 0 0 0
Miller pr 0 1 0 0 Bruno lb 2 0 0 1
MPhillps pr0 0 0 0 Jhnston 3b 2 0 0 0
JPhllpsc 2 0 0 0 O’Dnll pr-lf 0 0 0 0
Houska cr 0 1 0 0 Haijo p 0 0 0 0
Frgson rf 2 0 0 0 Cooper p 0 0 0 0
Walker 2b 3 0 1 2 Smith lf 3 0 0 0
Wright 2b 1 0 0 0
Totals 21 6 6 6 Totals 22 1 2 1
Enid 000 210 3 — 6
Midwest City 010 000 0 — 1
E—Ferguson, Lafontan. DP—Enid 1, Midwest City 1. LOB—Enid 7, Midwest City 6. 2B—Carpenter, Enmeier SB—LeGrant, Houska, Johnson, Baugh. CS—Wright. S—Ferguson, Ramirez. SF—Bretado 2.
IP H R ER BB SO
Lafontan 6 2/3 2 1 0 3 6
King 1/3 0 0 0 0 0
Davis 4 2/3 5 3 3 3 3
Haijo 2 1 3 3 3 2
Cooper 1/3 0 0 0 0 1
WP—Davis 2, Lafontan 2. PB— Carpenter. HBP—LeGrant (by Davis), Bretado (by Davis), Ramirez (by Davis), Wright (by Lafontan), Johnston (by Lafontan), Cody (by Lafontan).
Enid’s Christian Lafontan found a simple secret Friday.
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April showers, bring may flowers.
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