MOORE — After a tough regular season, area baseball teams now have their attention squarely focused on the upcoming postseason, which begins Thursday with the double elimination regional tournament.
“We had a good season overall and look forward to putting it all together for the post season,” Westmoore coach Jared Freeman said. “ I feel like we are battle tested heading into the post season and now we just have to go make plays to win games.”
Westmoore is coming off a 4-3 loss Thursday to Norman North in what amounted to a district title game.
North jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning, helped by leadoff hitter Luke Jones, who went on to finish 3 for 3 and stole two bases. But Westmoore fought back with a two-home run in the second before threatening more in the fifth inning.
After a walk and two fielding errors, the Jaguars had the bases loaded with two outs. Brad Kinsey hit a batter in the foot to bring in the tying run before giving way to Cranford, who earned a strikeout to escape the jam. That set the stage for Corey Carter’s fifth inning single that brought in DJ Gasso, who had walked and advanced to third on a passed ball and a stolen base.
Despite the defeat, Westmoore will host a regional tourney for the second consecutive year. The Jags play Putnam City at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Lawton and Edmond Santa Fe face-off at 1:30 p.m.
“Nothing is easy this time of year,” Freeman said. “So I am looking for our seniors to raise to the occasion and lead this team to the state tournament. We need to make plays and clutch hitting.”
Moore High has been battling most the season to stay near .500. But a late season swoon has put them well below the mark.