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March 27, 2014

Gaylor settling in to new job with Jags

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NORMAN —

T-Wolves pitchers combine for no-hitter: The defending state runners-up haven’t gotten off to the start they hoped for, but Norman North has plenty of positives as they move into the middle of the season.

Two of those bright spots are Brad Kinsey and Austin Cranford, a pair of pitchers instrumental in last year’s run to the state title game. The two showed on Monday they’ve only gotten better, as they combined to throw a no-hitter in a win over Putnam City West.

It was the latest dominating performance for the pair, who are growing more comfortable this season and should continue to settle in as Cranford moves back to his familiar role as closer. Kinsey is 2-1 this season with a 0.46 earned run average, 28 strikeouts and just six walks. Since moving back to the closer spot, Cranford has earned a save in his only opportunity and struck out 12 batters.

Nostrand leading the way on offense: While Kinsey leads the pitching staff, it’s been senior Joe Nostrand doing the same on offense.

Nostrand, who has signed with Frank Phillips College, is batting a team-high .346 and sports a gaudy .514 on-base percentage.

He’s been a key cog in an offense that is averaging one run an inning this season and provides the T-Wolves the punch they’ll need if they hope to host a regional for the second straight year.

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