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April 29, 2012

Road to state begins this week

NORMAN — Baseball regional action begins on Wednesday, and both Norman teams are anxiously waiting to find out how they’ll begin the playoff run.

The OSSAA is scheduled to release regional pairings at noon on Monday, and both Norman High and Norman North will be on the road. North, which lost the chance to host after losing to Southmoore on Friday, will likely be sent to Yukon, while NHS could possibly be sent to Westmoore.

“You can’t tell what they’re going to do, but that’s where we think we’ll end up,” NHS coach Pete Sangirardi said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Sangirardi said the Tigers will probably enter the regional as a three-seed, while North will likely be a two-seed.

After a tough week in which the Timberwolves lost four straight games, coach Brian Aylor said he’s confident his team can shake off any lingering effects from the week and bounce back for the playoffs.

“It’s never as bad as it seems,” he said. “Hanging our heads does us no good. I expect them to rebound and come back ready for regionals.”

North has a history of success in Yukon. In 2010, the last time the T-Wolves won a regional title, it came in the city.

Injuries mounting at North: The roster keeps getting shorter at North. The T-Wolves, already without Daniel Herron, who is out with a broken hand, lost another player on Friday.

Infielder Kallen Snodgrass hit his hand hard when he stooped to make a play on a ground ball against Southmoore on Friday, and the impact fractured a finger on his throwing hand.

Snodgrass could possibly be available for regionals, but Aylor isn’t optimistic about his chances.

“They said if he can handle the pain he could try to play through it,” he said. “But it’s all stitched up so I would expect him to be out a little while. We’re just trying to regroup and figure out our roster.”

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