NORMAN — Monday’s game against Stillwater showed exactly how good Norman High can be when it’s playing well. The Tigers held a lead in that game over 21-1 Stillwater, and had a chance to win it before the Pioneers staged a late comeback.
It was a disappointing loss for the Tigers, but the game did show how dangerous they can be.
And Tuesday’s loss showed how far they have to go. Stillwater struck early and never let up on its way to a 17-2 victory over NHS in the second game of the series.
NHS stuck around early but ran out of pitching. Monday’s starter PJ Grunsted left the game early after rolling his ankle, and the Tigers were forced to go deep into the bullpen. It came back to hurt them on Tuesday after the Pioneers got to starter Tristen Epperson early. Four pitchers hit the mound for NHS in the game, including the first appearance for Chase Scott.
“Our pitching isn’t that deep,” coach Pete Sangirardi said. “We’ve got to be able to get deeper in the game with our starters.”
With help from an NHS error, Stillwater put three runs on the board in the first inning, and followed that up with two more in the second and third to take a 7-0 lead while NHS went through three pitchers.
The Tigers tried to fight back in the fourth inning. With Max Wolfe on the mound, they held the Pioneers scoreless in the top half of the inning and got on board in the bottom half. Riley Branum singled and Sean Dixson walked, setting the stage for Hunter Meister’s double off the wall to put the Tigers on the board.
That was all Stillwater starter Sam Kraybill would give up. He worked out of the inning and exited after five having struck out seven batters and walking just one.