CHOCTAW — Another day, another crazy Norman High victory, this one coming at the Choctaw Invitational.
Down four runs early and two runs since the fourth inning, the Tigers came up with two runs in the bottom of the seventh and one more in the eighth to stop Oklahoma Christian School 6-5 and move their season record to a sparkling 10-5.
On the mound, Tristen Epperson was an iron man; and in the batter’s box, Paul Reed was Johnny on the spot.
Epperson (5-1) gave up four runs in the second inning, all earned, and one more in the third, unearned after three Tiger errors. The rest of the way — five innings — he threw blanks, going all eight frames on 103 pitches and picking up the win after allowing nine hits, striking out six, plunking five, yet issuing no walks.
Reed, who finished 3 for 5, delivered the first of his two RBIs in the seventh inning, driving home Sean Dixson, who had singled with one out and stolen second base. After that, Justin Cook doubled and Blake Ruggs walked to load the bases, before Justin Meiser’s fielder’s choice plated Reed.
In the eighth, after NHS had grounded into two force outs at the plate, Reed delivered a two-out single with that brought Dax Marley home with the winning run.
“We had one bad inning, errors all over the place,” NHS coach Pete Sangirardi said. “We’re hitting the ball right at them … All of a sudden we tied it up.”
And, eventually, prevailed.
“They battled the whole way through,” Sangirardi said.
The Tigers continue tournament play today.
Norman North 7, Putnam City 2: One big inning can take a team a long way and Norman North delivered one in the second frame Monday night against Putnam City at the Bo Bowman Classic in Lawton.
The second inning began with Ryan McDaniel reaching by error and singles from Colton Hansmeyer and Carson Mulligan. After that, Nick Basquine walked in a run, Hal Hughes singled home a run, Thomas Hughes singled home a run, Joe Nostrand doubled home two runs and Leo Gallegos singled home two runs.