Special to The Sun
Six of Edmond North’s initial seven batters struck for hits and astute pitching by senior Jake Bonsteel resulted in an 8-0 shutout of Tulsa Union Friday night at Edmond North High School.
Bonsteel, who kept Redskin hitters guessing, fanned 10 in just five innings in a contest shortened by the run-rule. The right-handed senior improved to 1-0 with the 3-hitter, allowing just a single walk. Bonsteel limited Tulsa Union to just .180 hitting (3-for-17) while the Husky bats erupted for 13 hits in 23 tries for a robust .570 batting average.
Edmond North, now 2-1 after splitting with Midwest City earlier in the week, needed just the first frame to put away Union. Leadoff man Nolan Wilson (2-for-3, 2 runs) popped a single inside the bag at first and teammate Josh Garbrecht (2-for-3, 2-run HR, 2 runs) launched a high 2-2 pitch deep over the left-field wall for the only two runs needed. Closing out the first-inning fireworks, Huskies Cody Daylor, Scott Johnson (2-for-2, 2 runs) and Colton Lagasse rapped out run-scoring singles for a 5-0 cushion. Lagasse, Jonathan Davis and Luke Reynolds all contributed 1-for-2 hitting performances in the game while Justin Reynolds led all batters by finishing an untarnished 3-for-3.
Bonsteel gave Tulsa Union (3-1) its first loss of the season. He pitched out of jams in the second and third innings, with runners reaching third with no out. In the second, he posted a pair of strikeouts coupled with a nice play by two-sacker Wilson on a hard-hit ball up the middle. Wilson smothered the short-hop to enable Bonsteel to come out of the inning unscathed.
In the third, third baseman Lagasse fielded a bunt and tagged out a hesitant runner between third and home with nobody out.
Edmond North will play at Edmond Santa Fe Monday at 4:30 p.m.