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March 30, 2014

Tigers’ Reed ready to take his place in pitching rotation

NORMAN — Norman High’s pitching staff has been a major factor in the team’s 8-4 start, and it is steadily improving. It’s also a staff that may be even stronger in the next few weeks as senior Paul Reed makes his way back.

Reed was expected to be a key starter for the Tigers this season but hasn’t had a chance to shine in the role after he re-aggravated an injury to his throwing arm in the preseason.

It’s been a long journey back for Reed, who has been seeing steady time in the field but hasn’t yet made his return as a starter.

But that may soon change, as the injury heals and Reed returns to form while working out of the bullpen.

“It was a setback, but I’ve been working my way back out there,” Reed said. “I’ve had two relief appearances now, and hopefully I’ll get a few more and work my pitch count back up to be ready to start in a few weeks.

“It was tough being out, but I take pride in being a two-way player and I just want to help my team however I can, whether that’s on the mound or in the field. And the current pitching staff has done incredibly well without me.”

T-Wolves in control of district: Nearly a month into the season, Norman North has assumed an early lead in District 6A-2.

There are no top-20 rankings for Class 5A or 6A this season, and all postseason assignments will be based solely on district finishes, placing more emphasis on the district schedule than ever before.

North sits at 4-0 in the district, tied at the top with Westmoore and a game ahead of Edmond Memorial. The T-Wolves have positioned themselves well, but still have series with the other teams at the top, first coming when they face Edmond Memorial April 7-8 for a two-game set.

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