The Edmond Sun

October 14, 2013

North, Deer Creek sweep regionals, enter state tourney Thursday

Scott Wanish
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Edmond North swept through its softball regional and stamped its ticket to state by outslugging Choctaw 12-7 Oct. 10 at Edmond North High School. The 26-7 Lady Huskies will open with Broken Arrow Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Firelake ball fields in Shawnee.

Under head coach Rick Nordyke, North won the state crown in 2004 and in ‘03, ‘05 and ‘06 competed at state.

In the regional title win over Choctaw, the Lady Yellowjackets were up 1-0 going into the third inning, but that is when the Huskies ignited an intense rally. Edmond North plated five runs in the frame coming on Kourtney Tanner’s two-run single and Bridget White’s two-run double.

In the sixth and seventh innings, the Lady Huskies scores three runs in each inning to keep Choctaw from battling back for the win.

Madision Nordyke, 19-4, went the distance for the pitching win with five strikeouts while on offense both Tanner and White batted 4-for-5 in the victory. Tanner popped a home run with a pair of RBIs while White drove home five runs with a homer. Teammates Hannah Danielson (3-for-3) and Sheridan Bond (2-for-4, 2 2Bs) got in on the hit barrage.

“We made routine plays and didn’t make a lot of mistakes,” Rick Nordyke stated. “I was proud of that.

“We’ve been struggling the last few games hitting, but in the regional we put up 34 hits.”

On the opening day of the regional, North toppled Lawton 15-1 and Choctaw 5-0. Madison Nordyke was the pitcher of record in all three regional contests.

Versus Lawton, Nordyke and Jillian Helsley limited the Lady Wolverines to just three hits.

The Huskies ran away with it, tallying eight runs in the first. White (3-for-3) knocked in four runs while Paige Bond and Nordyke (2-for-2) each drove in three runs and teammate Julia Minter chipped in a pair of ribbies.

In the shutout over the Yellowjackets, Edmond North crossed the dish three times in the third for the win. Sheridan Bond plated Ashtyn Crouch with a double and Nordyke brought in Bond with a two-bagger. Tanner, who led all hitters batting 2-for-4, singled in Nordyke. Nordyke also recorded the shutout, whiffing four Lady Jackets on a 3-hitter.

“The last four days before the regional we concentrated on the hitting part,” said Coach Nordyke. “We got a lot of confidence that first game and it carried over into the final two games.”

In 5A, Deer Creek swept its home regional as well by not allowing a single run. The Lady Antlers dropped Southeast 12-0, Noble 9-0 and Noble for the title in a 7-0 contest. Deer Creek plays at 11 a.m. Thursday versus Collinsville at Firelake in Shawnee. The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium is currently under renovations for the upcoming College World Series.

In the two shutouts over Noble, Antler Ace Emily Watson struck out 12 and 13 Lady Bear batters respectively.

Class 6A’s Edmond Santa Fe was eliminated by Putnam North 8-1 Oct. 17 in Southmoore and Edmond Memorial was knocked out by Mustang at Memorial. Memorial did pick up victories over Lawton Eisenhower and Norman North while Santa Fe skimmed Putnam North 2-0 in 16 innings on Oct. 9.