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September 26, 2013

Clash today on small diamond

NORMAN — The fast-pitch softball postseason is quickly approaching, but there are still a few big games left on the schedule.

That includes the Crosstown Clash at 6:30 p.m. today at Norman North, where both teams will try to begin the stretch run of the season with a win. District play is scheduled to finish up next week, and North (11-13) and NHS (9-16) are both looking for a momentum-building win with regionals just a few weeks away.

The Timberwolves enter the contest on a two-game winning streak after wins over Lawton and U.S. Grant, while the Tigers are fresh off a narrow, 3-2 victory over Lawton Eisenhower.

While both Norman schools are looking to build momentum for the season’s final weeks, several other area schools may be already looking toward the playoffs. That includes Moore (24-3) and Southmoore (21-3), two teams sitting at or near the top of their respective districts and both a threat to win the state title. Westmoore (22-7) owns a win over Southmoore, and also is looking to make a run of its own.

And all three squads will face off in the final week of the regular season, with Moore hosting Westmoore on Tuesday before traveling to Southmoore Oct. 3.

Injury problems rampant at North: Norman North’s already-young defense hasn’t caught any breaks this season. The T-Wolves have faced three prolific offenses so far and will do so again when they travel to Midwest City (3-0) on Friday.

And, not for the first time this season, North may do so without several defensive starters.

Five defensive starters were dealing with injuries in practice this week, and coach Wade Standley said some of those players can already be ruled out of Friday’s game. Two players, linebackers Trevor and Trace Magee, were labeled a game-time decision last week before being held out of a loss to Westmoore. The pair is progressing, but their status for Friday’s contest is still up in the air.

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