MOORE — Baseball season has kicked into gear for area high school teams. That included staying busy over spring break last week.
While most students took the week off, the Westmoore and Southmoore baseball teams traveled to Arizona for the annual Best of the West Tournament.
The Jaguars finished 3-1 in pool play before losing to Chaparral High.
“Facing good competition is crucial in preparation for the postseason,” Westmoore coach Jarrod Freeman said. “In our sport everyone makes the playoffs, but you want to be tested and know how to best utilize your players in the right situations.”
The SaberCats also went 3-1 in poll play before losing in the finale.
“The first game, we came out a little flat,” Southmoore coach Craig Troxell said. “We didn’t pitch great either. We got beat 10-9 on a walk off. Then we went on a tear for 3 games, shutting out 3 consecutive state finalists from last year. In the finals we faced a very tough pitcher. He topped out at 92 that game. His curve ball was clocked at 80 as well. No excuses, no moral victories, we had him on the ropes and got beat 4-2. Against good arms, you have to play mistake free and manufacture runs. You’re not going to be able to consistently square up guys like that.”
Moore High didn’t travel during spring break, but it has been solid throughout the early part of the season. The Lions already have wins against Southmoore, Midwest City and Norman North.
“My seniors have done a great job in leading the team and my Juniors have come a long way in a short amount of time,” MHS coach Tony Borum said.
The Lions will compete in the Broken Arrow tournament this weekend, where it will see a collection of tough teams from the East side of the state.