Class 6A baseball: Norman North to face unbeaten Owasso in final

North trims Yukon 2-1 in semifinals behind DJ Gasso. Owasso improves to 35-0 after beating Broken Arrow.
by Michael Baldwin Published: May 10, 2013
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photo - Norman North's Dylan Sterling celebrates with teammates after scoring game-winning run against Yukon during a Class 6A state baseball tournament game in Shawnee, Okla., Friday, May 10, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
Norman North's Dylan Sterling celebrates with teammates after scoring game-winning run against Yukon during a Class 6A state baseball tournament game in Shawnee, Okla., Friday, May 10, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

“Going into that final inning we almost perfect defensively and pitching-wise,” Aylor said. “Gasso threw an unbelievable game. He's an absolute warrior. The kid has done it all year long. He jumped on his back as a senior.”

Norman North (27-8) will play top-ranked, undefeated Owasso in the title game Saturday at 6 p.m. in Shawnee.

“There is no greater feeling,” Gasso said. “I've dreamed about this my whole life. I couldn't ask for a better senior year. We went to the finals in football and now baseball.”

Owasso 5, Broken Arrow 3

The top-ranked Rams (35-0) used the long ball to defeat Broken Arrow 5-3 Friday night in the 6A semifinals.

Owasso third baseman Trae Bobo slammed a solo home run in the second to tie the game 1-1. First baseman Austin O'Brien crushed a three-run homer, his 10th, in the third after the Tigers intentionally walked his brother, Mason O'Brien.

The Rams tacked on an unearned run in the fifth to lead 5-1. Broken Arrow closed to within 5-3 on Coleman Key's two-run double in the sixth but Owasso junior left-hander Jeb Bargfeldt pitched a 1-2-3 seventh for a complete-game four-hitter.

Owasso will be gunning for its 12th baseball title but their first since 2009.

“It means a lot to get back there,” said Owasso coach Larry Turner. “This is a special group, a tough out up and down the lineup. They don't try to do too much. It seems every day it's somebody different.”

To win another state title would be satisfaction enough but the Rams have a shot at a perfect season.

“I didn't talk about it at all until it was about 25,” Turner said. “I told the kids, ‘If we get beat, we get beat. Just don't give one away.' We just wanted to have a chance to win the last game of the season ... We've had a lot of close 1-run or 2-run games. There haven't been a lot of blowouts. It would be very special.”


by Michael Baldwin
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Mike Baldwin has been a sports reporter for The Oklahoman since 1982. Mike graduated from Okmulgee High School in 1974 and attended Oklahoma Christian University, graduating with a journalism degree in 1978. Mike's first job was sports editor...
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