The Edmond Sun


April 4, 2013

Edmond, Moore baseball teams to face off in Bricktown trifecta

Mayor’s Cup returns after 1-year hiatus

EDMOND — Tre Edwards is a die-hard Southmoore SaberCat. Whether he is on the football field or the baseball diamond, he bleeds the gold and navy of his school colors.

So it would take an incredible feat for him to start rooting for his rivals at Moore or Westmoore. It’s just not done.

However, Saturday, that is exactly what Edwards will be doing at the Annual Mayor’s Cup at the Bricktown Ball Park in Oklahoma City. The event pits high school baseball teams from the Moore school district against their counterparts in Edmond.

“It’s the Mayor’s Cup so everyone is going to be pulling for everyone in the city. That’s kind of weird,” Edwards said. “We are pulling for our rivals. It’s going to be a fun thing to play in with all the student body coming out.”

This is Edwards’ third time competing in the Mayor’s Cup, which started in 2009. Due to scheduling conflicts with the RedHawks it was not held in 2012. But after a one-year hiatus, the event is back and players and coaches from all six schools are excited to be part of it.

“I think for our squad, as well as any of these others, it’s a big game from the standpoint of the venue that we are playing in,” Edmond North coach Karl King said. “I think the kids are looking forward to a venue like this. For a lot of kids that may not go on to the college level or the pro level, this is a chance to play in a premier venue. It makes it a special high school experience for a high school baseball player.”

The Cup starts off at 11 a.m. with No. 11 Southmoore (11-8) taking on No. 14 Edmond Santa Fe. At 2:30 p.m., No. 12 Westmoore (10-6) will face No. 3 Edmond North (11-3). Moore (4-6) and No. 17 Edmond Memorial (8-7) play in the 6 p.m. nightcap.

Of the six teams involved, three made it to the state tournament last year. That includes North, which won the 6A state title. The prospect of facing the Huskies is what has the Jaguars’ Kevin Gray pumped.

“I am looking forward to playing a defending state champion,” Gray said. “That’s always exciting to play. And to play on the field is another great thing. It’s a great atmosphere for the players and the team.”

Most of the teams have already faced off in the regular season. The Wolves earned a contentious 10-9 win over the SaberCats last month while the Bulldogs beat Moore 11-7 in early March.

“I think it’s a pretty good rivalry,” Moore’s Austin Bright said. “Moore and Edmond teams are always competing state tournament wise. It’s going to be a lot of trash talking during the games. That’s how the game is and how rivalries are started.”

Even though the teams are looking to test themselves and get ready for postseason runs, they know more is at stake. Organizers of the Mayor’s Cup believe that whenever the teams hook up, city pride comes to the forefront.

“You don’t want to be that guy that doesn’t win,” Westmoore coach Jarod Freeman said. “You want to hold up your end and pull your own weight. You don’t want to put it on someone else’s shoulders as well. You want to be the team that takes care of business and does your part.”

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