9-run surge sparks Team Oklahoma at Heartland Classic

By Tariq Lee, Staff Writer, tlee@opubco.com Published: June 24, 2010
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NORMAN — In what some called the longest game in Heartland Baseball Classic history, Oklahoma and Canada dueled for 3 hours, 22 minutes Wednesday before the Oklahomans posted a 19-10 victory at L. Dale Mitchell Park.

Canada jumped to a 6-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, but Team Oklahoma countered with nine runs in the top of the second inning and did not relinquish its lead.

Canada (0-4) lost to Ohio 10-4 earlier in the day.

Canada did have one bright spot in the afternoon game vs. Oklahoma.

Third baseman Martin Persaud, from Toronto, went 3 for 4 with one RBI. But his best performance might have been on the pitcher's mound — his first time ever to pitch in a competitive game.

"I think they put me in to get mercy, but that didn't happen,” Persaud said.

The 17-year-old topped out at 80 mph on the radar gun. He pitched two innings, struck out two, and gave up two runs.

This is Persaud's second time to participate in the Heartland Classic.

"It's a really good tournament,” he said. "There are a lot of good ball players, a lot better than what we get to see in Canada.”

Team Oklahoma has six Division I recruits on its team, five of whom are going to OU.



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