The Moore American


May 1, 2013

Diamond notes



Despite that, the Lions only need to look back to last season when they entered the playoffs as an afterthought. Yet, they wound up winning the Westmoore regional and advancing to the state tournament.

While that team was led by a long list of hungry seniors, Moore has a much younger squad this time around as it faces No. 13 Edmond Memorial at 1 p.m. in the Yukon Regional.

Like it has done most of the year, Southmoore ended the regular season going from one extreme to the other. It followed losses to Westmoore and Edmond Memorial with wins over Moore, Chickasha and Dale to close out their schedule.

“We have been inconsistent in all phases at times,” Southmoore coach Craig Troxell said. “I feel the biggest strength we have is the ability to play defense and our team speed.”

The SaberCats have had to deal with a few injuries down the stretch. That included the team’s top hitter Tre Edwards. The senior spent the weekend in the hospital after taking an 86 mph fastball to his jaw Friday against Chickasha. He also has a bruised right hand from trying to block the ball.

This is the second time Edwards has been laid up. He sat out several games midway through the year with concussion symptoms.

“I get hurt worse in baseball than in football,” Edwards said.

Edwards, who will play baseball at Arkansas next season, said he hopes to be ready by the start of the playoffs. Southmoore will be at Norman North Thursday where they will take on Midwest City at 1 p.m. Troxell was the Bombers head coach before coming to Southmoore.

If Edwards is unable to play, the SaberCats will rely on Nick Ward and Kody Brannon to carry the squad.

“I feel we are ready,” Troxell said. “We just have to go out and play consistent, play our baseball, and believe we can do it. I want to come out with a lot of energy and confidence. If something bad happens, I don’t want our kids to deflate. A lot of bad things happen in baseball and we have to be able to handle it mentally.”

Michael Kinney Follow me @eyeamtruth

Text Only
  • bootcamp Westmoore girls putting in work at bootcamp

    Westmoore girls basktball coach Andrea Guziec is known for her intensity. She is constantly pushing and prodding her players to play at their best.

    July 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • soonersuni.jpg Sooners unveil new uniforms

    July 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • Stark takes over at Southmoore

    For the second time in the school’s history, Southmoore didn’t have to look far to find a new football coach. The Moore Board of Education approved the hiring of Jeremy Stark to take over the program Monday during a special board meeting at Moore High.

    July 1, 2014

  • Oklahoma wraps up third in Heartland

    Oklahoma and Georgia met on Friday for a tense game that could determine which team had a chance to advance to the championship of

    June 25, 2014

  • green, dahu Westmoore receiver commits to Louisville

    As the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow last season, Adam Gaylor had to game plan for many of the best players in the state. That includes wide receiver Dahu Green, who had been destroying class 6A in his junior season at Westmoore.

    June 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • OU coaches take advantage of new rules

    A tradition developed every late July among college football coaches. They would meet the media en masse for the first time since April, but all questions regarding the current team’s health, fitness or work habits were quickly deflected.

    June 25, 2014

  • Maryland blanks Texas for Heartland title

    After Oklahoma cruised to victory over Georgia in the Heartland Classic’s third-place game, the only two teams to defeat Oklahoma s

    June 25, 2014

  • Sooner freshman arrested in Norman

    Oklahoma defensive back Steven Parker was arrested on a public intoxication complaint early Sunday morning in Norman.

    June 25, 2014

  • Rid River Showdown staying put

    Oklahoma and Texas have agreed to keep the “Red River Showdown” at the Cotton Bowl through 2025. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced the five-year contract extension on Tuesday.

    June 25, 2014

  • African-Americans continue to turn away from baseball

    Antoine Lester Sr. grew up playing baseball. From the age of 9 until his stint with the Little Rock Braves, the Arkansas native had

    June 25, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide