The Northfield Norse took the field against Adams Central Monday in the first game of the regional. The young Norse looked a little timid in the first couple innings, striking out and popping up offensively and not making a few plays on defense. Down 2-0 going in to the 4th, the offense finally pushed a run across. Adam House doubled to the left field fence, followed by a Jared Swan bunt single to put runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. Peyton Ross hit a deep fly to center to drive in House and the Norse were down 2-1. Andrew Sheperd hit a fielders choice to short, followed by an Andy Roser single, putting runners on 1st and 2nd. Austin Keen grounded out to 2nd to end the inning. In the bottom of the inning Norse pitcher Ryan Keaffaber gave up a triple and then an rbi double before striking out two of the next three to get out of the inning, down 3-1. In the 6th inning the Norse would make some noise. House walked and then Swan singled. Ross then hit an rbi single up the middle, making it 3-2. After a groung out to 2nd, the Norse had runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Roser again singled home a run, tying it at 3, plus on the bobbled throw took 2nd. The Norse were in business with runners on 2nd and 3rd and 1 out. The next two batters struck out. In the bottom of the 6th, Keaffaber gave up a double and was then pulled for Austin Sheperd. Sheperd gave up a dink single and then hit a batter to load the bases for Adams Central with no outs. The next batter hit a grounder to 1st and was forced out at home on a great dig by Ross. The next batter then popped shallow to center, not deep enough to tag and the bases were still loaded with two outs. Sheperd then struck out the next batter to escape the inning, not allowing a run. The Norse stranded two runners in the top of the 7th and left it to the defense to force extra innings. Central’s first batter layed down a bunt and Roser made a bare haned pick up to throw the runner out. The next batter gounded out to Keen at short and it looked as extra’s were on the way. Central then hit a double against the fence, forcing Northfield to walk the next batter to put the force play in effect. The fifth batter of the inning hit a grounder up the middle, scoring the runner from 2nd and just like that the Norse season was over.
Adams Central will play Delphi, who defeated Taylor at 7:30 tonight for the regional championship.