By Michael Kinney
The Moore American
MOORE — Despite playing against some of the top teams in the South, Westmoore had a successful Spring Break. Competing in the 20th Annual Aggie Baseball Classic, the Jaguars racked up a 3-1 record.
“Overall we played well,” Westmoore coach Jarod Freeman. “We still have a lot of areas we need to improve on. I am proud of our team who is finding ways to win and still not playing the best baseball we are capable of.”
Westmoore ended its trip to Pensacola, Fla. with a 13-5 trouncing of the Escambia Gators Thursday. Andrew Hendrick led the charge going 3-for-4 at the plate with a homer and 4 RBIs. Hunter Southerland collected 3 RBIs and Hunter Aguirre shut down Escambia holding them to four hits in five innings. As a team the Jags pounded out 15 hits.
The pitch sailed past the plate, and DJ Gasso took off for home plate. The Norman North senior slid just under the tag and put the T-Wolves up 3-1 on Arlington Country Day in the sixth inning at the Aggie Classic .
That was when the catcher stood up and punched Gasso, inciting a brawl that left the game canceled and several T-Wolves nursing injuries. The Panthers, a competitive traveling team not tied to a specific high school or region, consist of a roster made up primarily of under-18 players from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic and almost every player on the roster is bound for a Division-I university.
North coach Brian Aylor said the team was frustrated that Norman North was winning, and blamed that for the poor decision-making on the part of the Panthers that led to the bench-clearing brawl.
“I’ve been coaching for 15 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Aylor said. “When a player gets punched in the mouth at home plate, he has a right to defend himself. Our guys went out to try and protect DJ, and I’m proud of them. You hope it never gets to a point like this, but we weren’t the ones that started this.”
Video evidence of the event corroborated Aylor’s claim, and tournament officials disqualified Arlington Country Day and told the Timberwolves that they had won the game.
Southmoore 3, Norman High 2: Norman High dropped a close game on Monday, falling 3-2 to Southmoore.
The game was tied heading into the sixth inning, when the SaberCats added two runs. And though the Tigers put runners into scoring position in the seventh inning, they were only able to bring in one run to come up short.