NORMAN — On a horrible day for baseball, Norman North kept it going, easily getting past Lawton Eisenhower to remain perfect in district play. And, even if nobody could claim full credit, the T-Wolves tossed a no-hitter.
Brad Kinsey (6-1) picked up the win in North’s 11-1 victory, and pitched three terrific innings, allowing no hits and no walks while striking out six. But he had to share the no-hitter with Ryan McDaniel, who came on in the fourth inning. McDaniel maintained the no-no and allowed one unearned run.
North (16-6, 9-0 District 6A-2) enjoyed a no-hitter earlier this season, when Kinsey and Austin Cranford combined for one against Putnam City West.
At the plate, the T-Wolves picked up their runs with the benefit of only six hits. Ike pitcher James Taylor helped North’s cause by issuing eight walks.
McDaniel, who was in the batting order from the start, went 1 for 3 with three RBIs.
North scored three runs in the second inning and five in the third to assume complete control of the game.
North coach Brian Aylor said most of the T-Wolves' hits failed to leave the infield; though maybe that’s to be expected when players are forced to swing into a 40 miler-per hour-wind.
“It was a very tough day,” Aylor said, "but we did what we needed to do to go and get out of their with a victory.”
Kinsey’s success continues a season-long trend. Following Monday, the Wichita State signee has struck out 56 in just 32 innings, while lowering his earned run average to 0.88.
The T-Wolves are at Ike today for a 5 p.m. first pitch.
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