The Edmond Sun
BY JEFF HARRISON
Special to the Sun
The Edmond North baseball team added two more wins Saturday, but couldn’t get their hands on the Edmond Classic Tournament title.
Moore, which beat the Huskies 3-1 in Friday’s tournament opener, used a thrilling finish against Santa Fe to claim the championship. The Lions scored three runs in the seventh for the 17-15 win.
North and Moore finished tied for first in the tournament standings with a 3-1 record. The Lions claimed the title based on the head-to-head tie-breaker.
Santa Fe and Memorial both went 2-2 to finish third and fourth, respectively.
The original tournament schedule was scrapped due to last week’s storms as all games Thursday were moved to Friday. Instead, the winner was determined based on record in four tournament contests.
The Huskies rebounded Saturday with wins over Choctaw and Putnam City North. North used a walk-off single by Scott Johnson to get past the Yellowjackets, 3-2, in eight innings. The Huskies then opened the floodgates against Putnam North, upending the Panthers 14-6.
“We’ve been playing pretty well lately,” North coach Karl King said. “We’ve had good pitching and now we’re starting to hit a lot better.”
Santa Fe kicked off day two with an 11-1 route of Choctaw. The Wolves then saw Moore clinch the title with a 17-15 victory in the final contest.
Saturday was also a mixed bag for the Memorial squad. The Bulldogs played near flawless defense against Moore, but committed eight errors in an extra-inning loss to Putnam North.
Hunter Schellhardt drove in the lone run in the 1-0 win against the Lions.
Memorial had more success at the plate in game two. The Bulldogs pounded out 14 hits, but couldn’t overcome their shaky defense in the 8-7 loss in 11 innings. The Panthers turned that eighth error into a run in the top of the 11th.
“We had several chances but we should have never been in that situation,” Memorial coach Kyle Roberts said. “When you make eight errors, you’re going to have a hard time winning.”
Jack Hale went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, Colin Simpson had two extra-base hits and two RBIs, and Steven Jones was 2-for-4 with an RBI in the loss.
Choctaw and Putnam North each went 1-3 to finish fifth and sixth.