The Moore American


June 25, 2014

Maryland blanks Texas for Heartland title

MOORE — After Oklahoma cruised to victory over Georgia in the Heartland Classic’s third-place game, the only two teams to defeat Oklahoma squared off for the title. Maryland, which defeated Oklahoma by a run on Tuesday in the tournament opener, met Texas, winners over Oklahoma on Friday, in Saturday night’s title game.

It was Maryland that emerged on top, defeating Texas 4-0 in the title game to earn its first Heartland Classic title. Taylor Bloom led Maryland on the mound, allowing just three hits in the complete-game performance and helping Maryland to end the event with the tournament title and knocking off the team that won the round-robin title.

Farther down in the bracket, Arkansas defeated Colorado 6-1 to advance to the fifth-place game, where Arkansas fell 6-0 to Ohio.

Area athletes stand out: Oklahoma’s Heartland Classic team was made up of players from across the state, several area players stood out during the four-day tournament.

Westmoore’s DeShawn Lookout, Kyle Tyler and Hunter Southerland, as well as Moore’s Blake Brewster, all competed for the team. It was Tyler who earned the start in Oklahoma’s third-place game, and the rising senior delivered one of the best pitching performances of the tournament. He struck out eight batters while throwing six scoreless to earn the victory in the 6-0 win.

The pitcher who relieved him was Brewster, who didn’t allow a hit in the seventh to close out the game. He also earned the win in a Wednesday start against Colorado, shutting out Colorado in the 16-0 decision.

Lookout and Southerland both provided key hits for the team throughout the week, including an RBI double by Lookout to help secure Oklahoma’s win over Georgia.

Oklahoma eliminates errors: A day after errors cost Oklahoma against Texas, the team played a clean game in Saturday’s 6-0 win over Georgia in the third-place game.

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