NORMAN — Brad Kinsey was one of the better pitchers in Class 6A a year ago. As the ace for district champion Norman North, he was named first team all-state after going 10-1 with a 1.28 ERA in North’s run to an undefeated district title, and along the way earned a scholarship offer from Wichita State.
But before he moves to college, Kinsey is making the rounds in the summer baseball circuit one more time. And he has performed impressively while doing so.
Kinsey is competing with the Enid Majors, a Connie Mack League team, this summer. And he’s making his impact felt beyond the mound.
In four games at the Glen Winget Memorial Tournament in Bartlesville last weekend, Kinsey was named to the all-tournament team not as a pitcher, but as an outfielder. He played right field and was dominant at the plate, going 6 for 12 with four RBIs, five walks and three stolen bases in the tournament as he helped to lead his team to a second-place finish.
The Majors are 32-12 in summer-league play and Kinsey is batting .325 with 10 RBIs in that time, while also sporting a perfect 10-for-10 record on stolen base attempts.
O’Hara officially takes over: TD O’Hara was named the incoming district athletic director when Frank Thompson decided to retire in April, and it’s now official. The changing of the guard became official on July 1, and it’s been a busy summer for O’Hara, who has been working to fill a slate of open coaching positions.
While Thompson’s official duties have ended, he expects that he won’t be going far.
“The people here in the school district have been great to work for and with,” he said when he announced his retirement. “They’ve been good to me, and I’ll still be around.”