The Norman Transcript

September 26, 2013

Clash today on small diamond

By Corbin Hosler
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — The fast-pitch softball postseason is quickly approaching, but there are still a few big games left on the schedule.

That includes the Crosstown Clash at 6:30 p.m. today at Norman North, where both teams will try to begin the stretch run of the season with a win. District play is scheduled to finish up next week, and North (11-13) and NHS (9-16) are both looking for a momentum-building win with regionals just a few weeks away.

The Timberwolves enter the contest on a two-game winning streak after wins over Lawton and U.S. Grant, while the Tigers are fresh off a narrow, 3-2 victory over Lawton Eisenhower.

While both Norman schools are looking to build momentum for the season’s final weeks, several other area schools may be already looking toward the playoffs. That includes Moore (24-3) and Southmoore (21-3), two teams sitting at or near the top of their respective districts and both a threat to win the state title. Westmoore (22-7) owns a win over Southmoore, and also is looking to make a run of its own.

And all three squads will face off in the final week of the regular season, with Moore hosting Westmoore on Tuesday before traveling to Southmoore Oct. 3.

Injury problems rampant at North: Norman North’s already-young defense hasn’t caught any breaks this season. The T-Wolves have faced three prolific offenses so far and will do so again when they travel to Midwest City (3-0) on Friday.

And, not for the first time this season, North may do so without several defensive starters.

Five defensive starters were dealing with injuries in practice this week, and coach Wade Standley said some of those players can already be ruled out of Friday’s game. Two players, linebackers Trevor and Trace Magee, were labeled a game-time decision last week before being held out of a loss to Westmoore. The pair is progressing, but their status for Friday’s contest is still up in the air.

Injury knocks out CCS’ quarterback: The two-quarterback system put in place this year at CCS may not be over, but it will be a while before the Royals return to it. That’s because Haddon McIntosh went down in last week’s victory over Destiny Christian with a knee injury, and it’s not yet known how long he will be out.

With McIntosh out, the Royals (2-1) will turn to the other half of their one-two punch at quarterback to lead them full-time at Wynnewood on Friday. JJ Cortez has performed well this season, and will now have the responsibility full-time.

“It puts more pressure on him, but he’s a great kid and played really well,” coach Paul Potter said. “He’s making great reads and he’s a really tough kid, which helps.”

Washington down one Warrior: Washington (2-1) hasn’t been immune to the injury bug. The Warriors, fresh off a 2-1 start playing up against three Class 3A schools, have sustained a few bumps and bruises along the way.

And one athlete, Andrew Wilkerson, went down with more than that. Wilkerson injured his shoulder last week and will miss two weeks for the Warriors, who begin district play against Frederick (0-3) on Friday.

Corbin Hosler

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