Edmond North used eight runs in their final two at-bats on Friday afternoon to separate from a two-all tie and secure a regional championship 10-2 at home against the Midwest City Bombers. Six superb innings from Husky pitcher Sutton Hess helped, too.
Hess commanded the tempo from the mound in their state-bid-earning win on Friday, tossing six innings, striking out four and allowing no earned runs in the win. Hess only allowed three hits while walking three more batters, limiting the amount of MWC reachers to less than one per inning.
A couple of Bombers did reach outside from their own accord, though, with a single run coming in both the 2nd and 3rd innings to tie things up. Both runs were scored on North errors, and they negated a Ryan Harris two-RBI single that scored Ben MacNaughton and Gage Messner earlier in Friday’s contest.
But the bats picked Hess back up late in the championship, with Brett Smith and Alex Kramer each grabbing an RBI single midway through the 5th inning. MacNaughton then hammered a plater of his own, scoring Smith before Colby Entwistle and Karsten Menard each tallied another RBI each.
Using the momentum, Hess retired the side on 12 pitches in the next half inning before a Gage Messner single highlighted a three-run bottom of the 6th inning, pushing the Huskies’ advantage to eight runs.
From the dish, North’s Janson Reeder was a game-best 3-for-4 with a run scored. Messner and Smith each had two hits, two runs scored and an RBI and Alex Kramer and Ryan Harris each tied a game-high with two RBIs. The Huskies scored their 10 runs on 10 hits and the same amount of team RBIs.
The win gives the 27-8 North Huskies their 2018 regional title, earning them a bid to the single-elimination state tournament bracket. The tourney, held at Oral Roberts University, opens on Thursday with North meeting Jenks in the inaugural game at 11 a.m. North has not met the Trojans yet this year, and Jenks, who ended the season at 19-16, won the East Regional 8 as a three-seed.
If North advances past Thursday, all subsequent games will come at 11 a.m.