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March 12, 2013

Norman North’s Clash victory wrapped up in new bat

NORMAN — It’s an amazing thing, because the double steal almost always works. Not every time and you look pretty foolish when it doesn’t, but it works the vast majority of the time.

So much so, you’d think the team being double-stealed upon would simply eat the baseball. But it doesn’t. Teams would rather give up the run 75 percent of the time than willingly give up the base.

Oh, well.

It’s interesting because Norman North hit .500 with the double steal Monday night at Tiger Stadium.

So, the Timberwolves looked foolish once. But the other time, thanks to a throw in the dirt, they actually scored twice, which really almost never happens, and it was the difference in the game.

North beat NHS 3-2 on the benefit of not a single RBI and, really, only one hit. The T-Wolves had four hits, but only one figured in the scoring.

That leaves two takeaways from Chapter 1 of the Crosstown Clash, big diamond edition.

One, even as North continues to own the series, it’s always stunningly close.

It’s the craziest thing, but that’s the Clash. And when you put it together with soccer forever and basketball the last few years, even football the last couple, it’s truly amazing. Get the Tigers on one side and the T-Wolves on the other and you’re going to have high drama.

Terrific.

The other takeaway?

Get ready for a lot of double steals, a lot of bunts, a lot of hit-and-runs, more straight steals of third base, maybe a lot of trying to stretch singles into doubles, and maybe even, yegads, hitting behind the runner.

Blame the bat.

It’s called the BBCOR. Everybody makes a BBCOR, but they’re supposed to be, like stock cars, the same.

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