The Edmond Sun

October 5, 2012

SLIDESHOW: Huskies top Wolves, head to state

Wolves fall in regional finals

Drew Harmon
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — The Edmond North Huskies punched their ticket to the state tournament with authority Thursday night with a run-rule shutout of crosstown rival Edmond Santa Fe.

The Huskies put up four runs in the first inning, one in the second and five in the third to take the 10-0 win in five innings.

Jordan Dixon threw the shutout for North. She gave up only one hit, in the fourth inning to Santa Fe first baseman Catherine Rodarm.

The Wolves had a chance to score first, when Breezy McComas led off the first inning with a walk and advanced to third base on sacrifices by Monica Jones and Jobi Heath. McComas was left stranded, however, and Santa Fe would not advance a runner past second base the rest of the day.

Mattie Nordyke started the North scoring in the bottom of the first inning when her single to the outfield was misplayed by a Santa Fe fielder. Leadoff batter Sheridan Bond, who had reached on an error and stolen second, scored easily, and Nordyke motored around the basepaths to cross the plate and put North up 2-0 after two batters.

The Huskies batted around in the first inning, as Hannah Danielson’s single scored Abby Taliaferro, and Paige Bond’s double drove home Bridget White to give North the 4-0 lead after one.

The Wolves went down in order in the second, and North tacked on a run when Nordyke scored on an error for a 5-0 lead.

Santa Fe switched pitchers in the second inning, but the Huskies continued their stellar work at the plate in the third. Kourtney Tanner singled and scored on a Jordan Keimig hit to put North up 6-0. Three batters later, White doubled to left, scoring Keimig and Taliaferro for a 8-0 Husky lead.

White would score on a wild pitch and then Dixon put an exclamation point on the win with a solo home run to left field that put North up 10-0.

The Wolves left two batters stranded on the bases in both the fourth and fifth innings.

North’s Danielson and Santa Fe’s Kaylee Foskin each had nice defensive plays in the outfield.

McComas was on base after each at-bat, as she walked, reached on an error and was hit by a pitch.

From the circle, Heath started for Santa Fe and pitched one inning, giving up three hits, four runs (three earned) and one walk. In relief, McComas pitched three innings and gave up seven hits, six runs (five earned) and one walk; she struck out one. Wolves fielders committed five errors.

North’s Dixon threw a one-hitter in five innings, walking three and striking out two. The Huskies committed no errors behind her.

Santa Fe beat Norman and U.S. Grant to advance to the title game. The Wolves’ season ends at 17-21.

The final was the third game North had to play on Thursday following a sequence of events that led to the Huskies forfeiting the first game of their regional.

North forfeited to U.S. Grant, beat Norman in the losers’ bracket game Wednesday evening, run-ruled Grant in the first game on Thursday, then beat Santa Fe 11-1 behind the pitching of Mattie Nordyke. Because North advanced from the losers’ bracket in the double elimination tournament, that forced a second North-Santa Fe contest.

North advances to the state tournament Oct. 11-13 at ASA Softball Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City.

North without Nordyke

North had to forfeit game one because their number of games played exceeded that allowed by the OSSAA, Edmond Public Schools Athletic Director Mike Nunley said.

Teams are allowed 22 regular season games and three tournaments.

The situation stemmed from a tournament North played in Colorado earlier in the season, Nunley said. Games that the school considered pool play — i.e., games played not in a bracket that do not lead to a title game — the OSSAA considers regular season games.

Pool play in a tournament is a set number of games each team plays leading up the elimination portion of the tournament. Pool play can sometimes determine seeding in the bracket, but wins and losses in pool play do not control whether a team moves on.

OSSAA softball regulations state, “In a pool play tournament, if there is an opportunity to play two or more games after the conclusion of pool play, then all pool play games shall count against the regular season limitation.”

The OSSAA and Edmond Public Schools agreed to forfeit North’s first regional game, and that head coach Rick Nordyke would sit out the remainder of the playoffs and the first five games of the 2013 season.