The Edmond Sun
OKLA. CITY —
The Edmond North softballers plated three runs in the top of the eighth inning Thursday night to take a 4-1 victory away from Putnam North on the road.
Putnam North, which actually took a 1-0 lead in the first after a home run, was shut down by Lady Husky ace Madison Nordyke the rest of the way to keep Edmond North in the tight race to the finish.
Tied at 1-1 in the top of the eighth frame, Husky Kaylon Dunn reached on an error before yielding to pinch-runner Jordan Keimig. Lady Huskies Julia Minter and Kaitlyn Gamble both walked to load the bases before Sheridan Bond hit into a fielder’s choice that forced out Dunn at the plate.
Then Kourtney Tanner poked a single to right field plating Minter for the go-ahead run. Edmond North’s Bridget White plated Gamble and Bond came home on a passed ball for the 4-1 final. Bond was the lone Lady Husky with multiple hits, finishing 2-for-4, accounting for half of Edmond North’s base hits.
“We came alive in the eighth inning,” said Husky head coach Rick Nordyke. “We’ve been struggling the last two games and I think our intensity is getting better.
“Playoffs are coming on and they need to get focused. And, I think they were.”
The Lady Huskies are now a robust 22-6 and the No. 2 seed in district, thus making Edmond North a top seed in a Class 6A regional that it will host starting Oct. 8.
Madison Nordyke upped her personal record to 15-4 on a 4-hitter with 10 strikeouts. She threw a perfect game earlier in the season against Norman.
Edmond North’s other pitcher of record is Julian Helsley, who is a strong 7-2.
Both Bond and White are hitting over .400 for the Huskies and Coach Nordyke cited Tanner (third base) and Paige Bond (right field) as top defensive players.