The Moore American


May 8, 2013

Jags, Cats cut short of state tourney

MOORE — Westmoore got what it wanted. After winning back to back game Friday, it faced Edmond Santa Fe Saturday with a spot in the 6A state tournament on the line. The winner would advance and the loser would be sent packing.

However, after jumping out to a strong lead in the regional championship, the Jaguars couldn’t hold on and fell 6-5 to the Wolves at Westmoore High.

“Man, it’s gut wrenching because those guys laid it all out there between the lines,” Jags coach Jarod Freeman said. “Our coaching staff could not be more proud of a group a kids. They did everything we asked of them but they get no reward for their effort as they were that close.”

Westmoore rolled into the title game after collecting convincing wins over Lawton High (8-2) and ESF (9-1).

In the finale, the Jaguars put together 3-0 lead in the first inning. With the wind blowing out, it looked like they would be able to keep scoring. However, it was Edmond Santa Fe who got its sticks hot and outscored the Jags 6-2 the rest of the way.

“It was a day with the type of conditions we knew we were going to have to score runs,” Freeman said. “We were piecing together our pitching and they were to. At the end of the day you were either going to have to score a lot of runs or go make plays. We just came up short.”

For the second straight year, the Jaguars were unable to advance out of regionals despite hosting the tourney.

“Man they played their hearts out,” Freeman said. “We just came up short. It hurts right now but we had a great season and as a program we took one step closer to the state tournament.”

Moore High was swept out of regional with back to back defeats Wednesday at the Yukon regional.

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