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March 11, 2014

NHS tops Putnam City in nine inning shootout; North tops Midwest City

PUTNAM CITY —  After opening the season with a pair of lopsided losses to Owasso, Norman High secured its first win of the season Monday in game that oozed excitement.

Getting a two-out, two-run double in the top of the ninth inning, Justin Cook delivered the Tigers to a 14-12 victory over Putnam City.

Like the old bionic aluminum bats were made available for one game only, NHS and PC combined on 29 hits and four home runs.

Blake Ruggs went deep for the Tigers once and Sean Dixon went deep twice. Both drove in three runs.

The last of three Tiger pithcers, Tristen Epperson got the win after tossing two innings of scoreless relief. NHS was in position to win the game in the seventh, but four PC runs tied the game instead.

The Tigers (1-2, 1-0 District 6A-1) play host to PC at 5:30 p.m. today at Tiger Stadium.

Norman North 7, Midwest City 1: On a day Brad Kinsey opened dominantly on the mound for Norman North, the Timberwolves also lost second basemen Cal Snodgrass for an uncertain period of time.

Chasing a popup, Snodggrass broke his right hand and dislocated the last finger on the same hand.

“It’s so devastating to see a kid who’s worked so hard, who’s given so much to the game, to have an injury like that … it’s very humbling,” North coach Brian Aylor said. 

Aylor believes Snodgrass could be out 6-8 weeks, yet admitted it to be a best early guess.

Going forward, right fielder Tristan Farrell or catcher Colton Hansmeyer could become the Tigers’ new second baseman.

Meanwhile, injuries aside, Kinsey was terrific, allowing two hits and one earned run over six innings in which he struck out 12 Bombers. Brandon Johnson, tossing the seventh inning, struck out the side.

Thomas Hughes went 2 for 4 with three RBIs for the T-Wolves. Nick Basquine went 2 for 4 and scored three times.

The T-Wolves (1-0, 1-0 District 6A-2) play host to Midwest City at 5 p.m. today.

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