NORMAN — For the second straight day, the Crosstown Clash was defined more by its mistakes than anything else. For the second straight day, it was Norman North that was best able to take advantage of those mistakes. And for the second straight day it was the Timberwolves that walked away with a one-run victory, Tuesday’s coming in a 5-4, come-from-behind win over Norman High.
Nerves were once again running high when the two teams met for the rematch at North, a day after the T-Wolves pulled out a 3-2 victory on the Tigers’ home field. That nervousness was evident from the first inning, when a North error on the third batter of the game allowed NHS a free baserunner, to a string of passed balls in the third that put North on the board, to a pair of Tiger errors in the fifth inning that allowed the T-Wolves to retake the lead.
The Timberwolves were trying to complete the sweep of NHS and extend a dominating win streak in the series, something that played on their minds throughout the contest. In addition to three errors North had several baserunning mistakes, including one that led to a momentum-shifting triple play for NHS in the fourth.
“I think our players were just trying to do too much today,” North coach Brian Aylor said. “A lot of the mistakes we made were uncharacteristic of us as a team.”
Behind a strong pitching outing from starter DJ Gasso, the Timberwolves struck first, courtesy of a few Tiger mistakes. With two outs in the bottom of the third, Daniel Herron earned North’s first hit of the day. Three straight passed balls allowed him to come all the way from first to put North on the board. A pair of singles later and North stretched its lead to 3-0.