NORMAN — A day after a frustrating loss that jeopardized Norman North’s chances at hosting a regional, the Timberwolves responded with what coach Brian Aylor called one of their best wins of the year.
North bounced back from Monday’s 2-1 loss to Edmond Memorial with a convincing 11-1 victory on Tuesday thanks in large part to senior DJ Gasso’s complete game.
“I can’t say enough about this kid’s ability or his will to win,” Aylor said. “You could see that tonight in his demeanor on the mound. He wanted this game, and that was contagious. It’s a big-time gutsy performance by a senior.”
Gasso went the full seven, striking out seven and giving up no earned runs to move to 5-0 on the season and lower his 0.94 ERA.
North also found its rhythm at the plate, knocking out 16 runs. Luke Jones led the team by going 3 for 5 with three doubles in the leadoff spot, while the rest of the lineup behind him brought in the runs.
The win moved North to 10-2 in district play and brings the T-Wolves one step closer to their goal of hosting a regional. All that remains between them and that goal is a two-game series against Westmoore next week.
“You don’t know how kids are going to respond after losing a tough game like we did on Monday,” Aylor said. “But they came out and played one of our best games of the year. This was a big statement win for this ballclub.”
Norman High 10, Westmoore 5: NHS bounced back from a tough loss to Westmoore on Monday by storming back against the Jags on Tuesday to walk away with a 10-5 victory and a series split.
Westmoore went ahead 4-1 in the third inning, but the Tigers battled back, getting nine runs in the next three innings to take control of the game. Playing without the injured Paul Reed and Matt Foster, NHS was able to plug in the gaps and do more than enough to improve their record to .500 again at 10-10.
PJ Grunsted went the distance on the mound for NHS, recovering after the rough start to hold Westmoore to just one run in the final five innings.
“Our guys did a good job battling back tonight,” coach Pete Sangirardi said. “And once we got up on them, they started pressing and we were able to hold on.”