The Norman Transcript

Sports

May 11, 2013

A little luck, lot of Gasso, goes a long way to push North into final

SHAWNEE — DJ Gasso called it karma.

Four years ago it was Norman North that defeated Yukon on a passed ball in the bottom of the seventh to advance to the state tournament. This time around it was the Millers, down to their final out, who scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at one.

But an error in the bottom half of the inning swung that pendulum back toward the T-Wolves, when Yukon pitcher Garrett Benge threw the ball past third base while trying to get the lead runner. And, with that throw, the Timberwolves are headed to the state title game with a 2-1 victory.

“It’s like the baseball gods wanted it to be this way,” Gasso said. “It was a great way to end the game.”

Gasso was the main reason the Timberwolves were even in a position to pull off the exciting inning. The senior threw six scoreless innings, recording just one strikeout but forcing the Millers into 11 groundouts, keeping the game tied while his counterpart, Garrett Benge did the same.

It was an especially impressive performance considering Gasso said after the game he didn’t even consider himself a pitcher.

“I just throw it and let them hit it,” he said. “But today was one of those days I was feeling it.”

His coach was a little more complimentary.

“DJ is an absolute warrior,” North coach Brian Aylor said. “He’s such a competitor, and that’s such a great job as a senior to go out and do what he did. We just got on his shoulders and he carried us.”

Gasso and Benge worked efficiently throughout the game. The pair combined for just five strikeouts but forced opposing hitters into groundout after groundout, and the defense made every play behind them. It made for a lightning-fast first five innings that left the two squads tied at zero.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • Big 12 Media Days Football Most Big 12 squads won’t shy from tough non-conference

    DALLAS — Never have the words “Final Four” been used so often at a football media gathering. Monday at Big 12 Football Media Days, the College Football Playoff was the hot topic. On Dec. 7, the 12-member panel will announce the best four ...

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Commish forecasts end of college sports as we know them

    You really have to read everything Bob Bowlsby said Monday, because kicking off Big 12 Football Media Days, all the conference commissioner did was not only predict the end of college sports as we know them, but explain with fairly ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Tour leader Nibali says he’s ‘flag-bearer’ against doping

    CARCASSONNE, France — Barring a disaster for him on French roads from now until Sunday, the man who looks set to win the Tour de France says he understands that cycling is still paying for its longtime doping plague....

    July 22, 2014

  • McIlroy will emerge even stronger than ever

    HOYLAKE, England — The celebration began long before Rory McIlroy had a chance to drink out of the claret jug....

    July 22, 2014

  • Petrino ushers Louisville into ACC

    GREENSBORO, N.C. — Bobby Petrino turned Louisville into a top-10 team nearly a decade ago. Now, more than two years after a scandal derailed his career, Petrino is back with the Cardinals as they enter the Atlantic Coast Conference....

    July 22, 2014

  • Bowlsby:Changes come with a price

    DALLAS — Big 12 Conference Commissioner Bob Bowlsby spoke in a reserved tone Monday. But what he said to begin the Big 12 Football Media Days news conference painted a bleak future for college athletics....

    July 22, 2014

  • Stewart still riding high

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tony Stewart heads into the busiest week of his year riding high from a win in his return to sprint car racing. Stewart raced in a sprint car last weekend for the first time since he broke his leg in an extracurricular ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Witness: Sterling must sell to pay debts

    LOS ANGELES — The chief financial officer of Donald Sterling’s properties said Monday that the billionaire may be forced to sell a large portion of his real estate empire to cover $500 million in loans if he persists in refusing to sell ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Mikolas pitches Rangers past sloppy Yankees

    NEW YORK — Miles Mikolas earned his first win as a starter, pitching into the eighth inning Monday night and leading the Texas Rangers to a 4-2 victory over the sloppy New York Yankees. Trailing by a run with none on and two outs in the ...

    July 22, 2014

  • Angels with latest big move before deadline

    Oakland general manager Billy Beane acted boldly, trading top prospect Addison Russell in a deal that brought starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics....

    July 22, 2014

Facebook