CLAREMORE — Edmond North pitcher Kyle Stephens experienced it, but he could hardly believe it.
A few minutes after Stephens pitched the Huskies to a 4-2 win over Owasso at Claremore's Legion Field, Stephens was left shaking his head.
“That's crazy. It's the biggest one ever. Look at them,” Stephens said, pointing toward Owasso. “They're a powerhouse. The east-side has been running the show for how long? That's awesome.”
The Rams, winners of eight state titles since 1998, miss the championship game for the first time since 2002.
Edmond North (22-15) will play Yukon at 4 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.
Yukon beat Edmond North in both district games this season.
Stephens felt good early, and catcher Scott Johnson said he felt a strong momentum shift after the Huskies scored a pair of unearned runs in the third.
“It seemed like everybody — their team and their fans with how loud they were early — just didn't seem comfortable once we got ahead,” Johnson said.
After going up 2-1, the Huskies added insurance runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
Stephens (6-4) worked out of several jams, but Owasso didn't push another run across until Andrew Rosa's one-out home run in the seventh.
Stephens then struck out the Rams' two and three hitters, getting Josh Whisler to end the game on a fastball down and in the zone.
“The only thing that was running through my head was the movie ‘Miracle,'” Johnson said. “‘Do you believe in miracles? Yes.'
“It's just amazing.”
The Huskies' ninth hitter, Chase Gibson, had a pair of doubles including one for an RBI in the fourth.
Stephens struck out nine and walked two.
Owasso pitcher Chad Hutchison allowed two earned runs and six hits in six innings.