The Edmond Sun
Defending Class 6A state champion Edmond North and sister school Edmond Santa Fe have both qualified for this year’s state tourney beginning Thursday at Shawnee High School. The Huskies (27-6) will take on Broken Arrow (23-7) at 6:30 p.m. while Santa Fe (23-11) will hook up with Owasso in the preceding contest at 4 p.m.
In 5A, Deer Creek won its own regional and the Antlers will face off with Noble at 11 a.m. at Santa Fe High School Thursday. Oklahoma Christian School also qualified for the state tournament, and will begin play Thursday as well at Deer Creek High School with an opponent and time to be determined.
At North on Saturday, the Huskies wrapped up a perfect 3-0 in their own regional culminating with an 8-3 championship triumph over Choctaw. On Friday, North blanked Putnam West 15-zip and skimmed Putnam North 6-5 in nine innings to get in Saturday’s driver’s seat.
Against Choctaw in a 2-2 contest in the bottom of the fourth inning, Edmond North’s Colton Lagasse reached on an error on the shortstop. Josh Garbrecht then laid down a sacrifice bunt before Evan Page drove in the winning run with a base hit.
The Huskies put the game away with five runs in the fifth with a big 2-run single by Garbrecht.
Holden Lyons was the winning pitcher, going the distance while walking just one and striking out 10.
Nolan Wilson, Cody Daylor, Justin Reynolds and Scott Johnson all batted 2-for-4 for North.
It took additional frames for the Huskies to reach the regional championship. In the top of the ninth versus Putnam North, Wilson swatted a 1-out double. Johnson repeated the feat for the game-winning RBI and the 6-5 conquest over the Panthers. The pair of Huskies each hit 2-for-4 in the thrilling win.
Nate Parks tossed the final two innings in relief for the pitching victory as Kyle Stephens started and completed six innings with seven Ks.
In the opener with Putnam West, Luke Reynolds fired a no-hitter as only two Patriots reached base. An error and a base on balls prevented Reynolds from chalking up a perfect game in the 15-0 whitewash.
Edmond North crossed the plate four times in the fourth, six times in the third and five times in the fourth to cruise to victory.
Wilson led the way in the batter’s box going 3-for-4 while Lagasse and Jonathan Davis each chipped in 2-for-3 showings.
Santa Fe qualified by winning the regional at Westmoore. The Wolves won their initial two games over Lawton (3-2) and Westmoore (9-7) respectively on May 1 before falling to the host Jaguars (9-2) on Friday. Saturday afternoon in a do-or-die situation, the Wolfpack took home the regional championship with a 6-5 victory.
The Wolves actually trailed 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning but rallied for four runs for the win and the berth in the state tournament.
Sam Endicott started things off with a base hit to left and teammate Daniel Costello drew a free pass. With one out, Kevin Orr connected on a 2-run double to get within 5-4.
Garrett Greenwood reached on an error and went all the way to second as Taylor Schoonover scored on the play, who was running for Orr to get the Wolves even at 5-apiece.
Jacob Jerome stroked a hit to left to move Greenwood to third before Xavier Sundman bunted for a hit, as Greenwood raced across the dish for the winning score. Sundman also started the game and went six innings for the win. Fellow Wolf J.R. Hensley hurled the seventh, hitting two batters and striking out a pair for the save.
Endicott finished 2-for-3 offensively and Orr wound up an untarnished 1-for-1 with the two RBIs.
The Oklahoma Christian School Saints won a regional in Chandler and upended the host Lions, 5-4.
Saint Connor Randolph came away with a huge double in a 3-run fifth inning to push OCS to a 5-4 advantage.
Pitcher Austin Brooks fanned the side to end the game. Brooks pitched the entirety of the contest for the narrow win.
Oklahoma Christian defeated Chandler twice in the regional and topped Chisolm and Sperry as well. The Saints eliminated St. Mary in district.