TULSA — On the bus heading to the Class 6A state title game, Edmond North kept replaying one scene from the movie “Miracle.”
The Huskies watched Herb Brooks address the 1980 United State Olympic hockey team over and over.
“If we played 'em 10 times, they might win nine,” Brooks told the team in the film. “But not this game. Not tonight. Tonight, we skate with them.”
All Edmond North needed was to win one of those 10. But the Huskies did it three days in a row.
And with a 3-0 win over No. 1 Broken Arrow, the Huskies did it Saturday, taking home the Class 6A state title at Oral Robert's J.L. Johnson Stadium.
“One out of 10, that's all we needed and that's what we got,” Edmond North catcher Scott Johnson said. “We were sick and tired about hearing how good Owasso was going into the tournament and we got that one and just kept it going from there.”
Edmond North, ranked No. 15, came into the tournament as long shots to make the championship game, let alone bring home a title.
The Huskies mowed down No. 2 Owasso in the first round, the first time the Rams had failed to make the title game since 2002.
In the semifinals, they downed No. 4 Yukon.
Then Saturday, Edmond North pulled off yet another shocker by beating the defending champions.
“We knew we could do it the whole time,” Edmond North pitcher Tyler Welch said. “I hope all the other west-side teams look at what we did and know that it can be done.”
Edmond North became the first team from the west to win a Class 6A state title since the class was added in 1996. Norman won the Class 5A state title in 1995.
The Huskies pulled off Saturday's shocker the same way they did the first two — great pitching, solid defense and timely double plays.
With the game scoreless in the third, Broken Arrow had runners at the corners and no outs when Welch faked a pickoff move to third before going to first.
Courtesy runner Brady Biggs broke on Welch's first move and was caught between first and second. By the time the four-play rundown was over, the Tigers had two out and nobody on base.
That was the only runner the Tigers put in scoring position, and the two hits before that play were the only ones Broken Arrow got on Welch.
“It was just electric after that play,” Huskies coach Karl King said of the dugout between innings. “The confidence was just building and you could just feel it that something good was going to happen today.”
Sure enough, it did.
Edmond North broke through in the bottom half after Chase Gibson led off with a double and scored on Trey Cobb's wild pitch.
The Huskies (24-15) added runs in the fifth and sixth, but the one was enough for Welch.