By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript
NORMAN — The T-Wolves are district champions after an impressive victory over Westmoore in a tightly contested game that came down to the wire.
In what amounted to a district title game against Westmoore on Thursday, North avoided a repeat of last season’s late collapse by responding to a Westmoore comeback when pinch hitter Corey Carter’s fifth-inning single put North on top 4-3.
That gave pitcher Austin Cranford, in relief of Brad Kinsey, a one-run lead to work with, and the T-Wolves held on to that lead to secure the District 6A-2 championship.
“Austin did what he always does,” coach Brian Aylor said. “He was very dominant and closed out the game for us.
North jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, helped by leadoff hitter Luke Jones, who went on to finish 3 for 3 and stole two bases. But Westmoore fought back with a two-home run in the second before threatening more in the fifth inning.
After a walk and two fielding errors, the Jaguars had the bases loaded with two outs. Kinsey hit a batter in the foot to bring in the tying run before giving way to Cranford, who earned a strikeout to escape the jam. That set the stage for Carter’s single that brought in DJ Gasso, who had walked and advanced to third on a passed ball and a stolen base.
North is guaranteed to host a regional next weekend, and the win ensured the T-Wolves would avoid the same fate they faced a season ago when they lost both the district title and a chance to host a regional with a bad stretch run.
“Last season we kind of folded down the stretch and weren’t able to host a regional,” Aylor said. “For this to be the second year of districts in 6A, I’m very proud of our coaching staff and players and all that they’ve accomplished this year.”
Norman High 25, Putnam City West 3: Norman High pushed its record over .500 on Thursday with a dominating 25-3 victory over Putnam City West in a district game.
The decisive win moved NHS to 13-12 on the season, and it came after the Tigers actually trailed 3-2 after one inning. Every Tiger starter recorded a hit in the game, and Jason Burt led the way with 4 RBIs while Austin Stewart went the distance to pick up the victory.
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