NORMAN — Norman High and Norman North both had their chances, but it was the Timberwolves who were best able to take advantage of those chances in a narrow 3-2 victory over the Tigers in Monday’s Crosstown Clash.
The series-opening Crosstown Clash at Tiger Stadium gave both teams plenty of opportunities, but for the most part both squads couldn’t take full advantage to break open the game. NHS had the bases loaded with no outs in the second inning but scored just one run. North pitchers also gave the Tigers five free baserunners by hitting them with pitches, but the Tigers managed just one RBI in the game.
North also failed to fully take advantage of five Tiger errors and had several runners picked off on the basepaths. But the T-Wolves, and Nick Basquine come up big on what became the game’s deciding play.
It came in the top of the fourth inning. Austin Taylor started the rally with a single up the middle, North’s first hit of the game. Courtesy runner Tyler Bottoms then stole both second and third base, and after Basquine was hit by a pitch, the T-Wolves found themselves with runners on the corners with two outs.
On the next pitch Basquine took off for second, and the Tigers made the throw up the field but cut it off and threw back home in anticipation of nabbing the lead runner. But the throw went in the dirt, sending Sam Richison scrambling for the ball behind home plate. That allowed an alert Basquine to round third and narrowly beat the throw home, scoring what turned out to be the winning run for North.
The Tigers added another run in the sixth, but Brad Kinsey closed out the seventh without allowing a baserunner to secure the win.