NORMAN — Three-time defending champion Texas started out the Heartland Classic facing one of its biggest rivals the past few years. It took on Team Georgia in the opening game for both teams at Southmoore High.
Georgia came away with an 8-7 victory in extra innings and set the tone for the tourney.
Willie Mays-ish: Even though his team lost to Colorado, Arkansas’ Danny Mitchell may have had the most impressive play of the day. The centerfielder from North Little Rock High had a ball hit to him in the deepest part of the Norman North baseball field.
Mitchell started running backward at a full sprint, reached up and snagged the ball out of the air as he started to go to the ground.
Building from the ground up: When Team Colorado first started coming to the Heartland Classic, it was a struggle for them to win a game, but that may have been in the past. Coach Scott Hormann said the summer program grown.
“It’s hard. It’s a difficult thing,” Hormann said. “In Colorado, our club coaches letting their kids go is a difficult task. You build those relationships with those guys. And the word of mouth of these kids going back and telling about how great their host families are, how great the facilities are, how great they were treated, how awesome the competition was. That’s how we’re going to continue to get better.”
Maryland: Team Maryland ended the first day of competion with a 2-0 record. After beating Oklahoma in the opener, it came back and drubbed Georgia 8-1.