By Michael Kinney
The Moore American
Heading into last weekend's Mayor's Cup, No. 10 Westmoore was not playing at its best. Riding a three game losing streak, the prospect of playing defending state champion Edmond North would not seem to be something to get excited about.
However, days before the Jaguars and third-ranked Huskies were to face-off, Westmoore's Kevin Gay talked about he was looking forward to the matchup in the 4th Annual Mayor's Cup.
"I am looking forward to playing a defending state champion," Gay said April 3. "That's always exciting to play. And to play on the field is another great thing. It's a great atmosphere for the players and the team."
Gay and his Jags showed why they were excited when they came away with a 3-2 win at the Redhawks Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City.
"It was a good win for the program," Westmoore coach Jarod Freeman said. "Hopefully it was the win that will spark our team for the second half of the season. Coming into the game our loses were not bad loses. We were just a couple plays away from winning two of those three, but our guys kept fighting and came up with a big win Saturday."
The win didn't come easy for the Jags. Despite a strong pitching performance, the Huskies took a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. However, Westmoore rallied to get two runners on for Kevin Gay, who knocked in both runs to send the contest in to extra innings.
With the scored tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th inning. Gay came to the plate again with two outs and he quickly got two strikes on his count. Gay then came up with a another clutch hit to drive in the game-winning run.
"It was a roller coaster of emotions but our guys came together and found away to win," Freeman said. "We played a solid game and our players did a good job of picking each other up after our mistakes."
Yet, while the Jaguars on the battle, Moore schools lost the war. In the three-game series against the Edmond schools, Moore was 1-2.
No. 12 Southmoore fell 5-1 to No. 14 Edmond Santa Fe in the first game of the day.
"We play well at times and not so well at other times," SaberCats coach Craig Troxell said. "Very inconsistent play across the board."
Southmoore played without its three starters in the lineup against the Wolves. Two of them were benched after missing the team bus to the game Saturday morning.
Tre Edwards, the teams top hitter, is still suffering from post concussions symptoms and will sit out until he can pass his concussion test.
Even with out the No. 1, 2, 3 batters in the lineup, the Cats kept the game close. After falling behind 3-0 in second inning, they closed the gap to 3-1. In the fifth they had two runners on but a base-running mistake ended the scoring threat.
After playing a pair of games with Lawton this week, the SaberCats will not play again until April 19 against Westmoore at Deer Creek. Troxell is looking for his team to get back to the basics when they do take the field.
"Show up on time, do things right, and compete," Troxell said. "That's not too much to ask."
With the Mayor's Cup tied at 1-1, Moore took the field against Edmond Memorial in the night cap. The Lions played hard, but fell 8-1.
"Started out well and fell off after some mistakes," MHS coach Tony Borum said. "Over all not bad. Just needed to hit the ball better."
Moore got solid games from Austin Bright, Colin Webb, Will Sprayberry and Ryan Lujan in the loss.
The Lions don't play again until April 15 and 16 in back to back games with Yukon.
"I want them to keep playing hard and get better as the season plays out so we can be our best at regional and state tournaments," Borum said.
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