I’m the streak killer. I’ve been it in the past, and I did it twice this week. If you have a long winning streak, you do not want me to show up to your game.
I did it Monday and saw Putnam City North lose to Yukon. Did it Saturday and saw Norman North lose to Edmond Santa Fe 15-10 in the Edmond Classic championship at Edmond North. Though to be truthful, one streak had to end in the Edmond Classic.
The game was originally scheduled to be played at Memorial, but conflicts (ACTs, Prom, etc) made everybody shuffle things around. So I apologize about saying the game was at Memorial, hopefully that didn’t force anybody to miss some action.
Because in the first two innings, boy, was there a lot of it. How about 16 runs on 12 hits in the first inning? How about a 13-10 Santa Fe lead after the second frame?
But I’m not going to rip Santa Fe pitcher Conor Costello or Norman North’s Paul Reed. We all know they’re much better pitchers than what they threw Saturday. Hey, it was the seventh game in six days for both teams. More about guts than skill at that point.
And both teams had plenty of it. Santa Fe notched 10 in the top of the first, but the TWolves responded with a six-spot of their own.
So when does a three-hour game feel like a short one? When the first two innings took 90 minutes. Everything looks short in comparison. We can all thank Santa Fe’s Easton Mitchell and Norman North’s Caleb Simpson for getting us out of there at a decent hour.
Mitchell threw 4 1/3 innings and struck out six, while allowing just three singles. Clayton Blackburn, who pitched four innings Friday, struck out the side in the seventh. Hey, it was all about guts in this one.
To Simpson’s credit, there wasn’t much he didn’t do wrong. He tired a bit in the seventh, but who could blame him? He threw five innings, giving up two runs and striking out seven.
The loss snapped Norman North’s 12-game winning streak. The Timberwolves ran the table last week and this week until this one. Santa Fe is now in the midst of its own 12-game winning streak.
Kyle Lacy was 3-5 with a triple and 5 RBIs for Santa Fe. Garrett Crain added two hits and drove in three runs. Blackburn had an RBI double among his three hits.
Norman North’s Conner Kohlscheen had four singles. Simpson had a two-run double, while Dakota Shadoan had three hits, including a triple. TWolves also had two homers as Colin Jones hit one out in the bottom of the first and D.J. Gasson had a three-run bomb later in the frame.
And I would be a fool to not comment on the wind. This was insane. If things weren’t bolted down or heavy, they were flying everywhere. It caused a lot of problems for fielders in this one.
Santa Fe is trying to cement itself as the top team on the west side. Pretty good case in the last two weeks. Wolves have a home-and-home with Putnam West this week. Norman North has the same with Moore, beginning Monday.
Robert Przybylo, firstname.lastname@example.org