Norse Win Blackford Invite

The Northfield baseball team won the Blackford Invite Saturday by defeating Wapahani 4-2 and Blackford 11-5.

In game one the Norse would set the tone of the day in the first inning. Adam Roser would get things started, reaching on an error and was followed by a Tanner Chamberlain bunt single.  Andy Roser would then single on the second Norse bunt to load bases. Ryan Keaffaber then had a 2 rbi single (2-0).

Wapahani would tie the score in the second with three singles and a wild pitch, 2-2.

Ryan Keaffaber would lead off the third with a double. Freshman Tanner Wilcox would single home Keaffaber to make it  (3-2).

Northfield would score the final run of the game in the sixth. Adam Roser drew a 1 out walk. Chamberlain would sac bunt Roser to second.  Andy Roser would then drive his brother home with an rbi single (4-2).

……………………………….1   2   3      4   5   6      7…………        R    H    E

Wapahani (12-12)            0   2   0      0   0   0      0                        2    5     4

Northfield (21-4)              2   0   1      0   0   1      x                        4    9     0

Ryan Keaffaber     7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 9K (9-0)



Andy Roser           2-4, rbi

Ryan Keaffaber     2-3, 2 2B, 2rbi

Tanner Wilcox      1-2, rbi

Collin Dawes         2-3

Uggen:  “This one turned out to be quite the challenge for us.  Ryan (Keaffaber) struggled a bit in the second but once he started using the change up to set up his other pitches he did great job.  I liked the way we came out of the gate. The early lead was nice but we also handled the pressure and stress of the middle innings and played solid defensively.  (Jon) Keesling was pretty good for them but I felt he hit him pretty well.”


In game two against Blackford the Norse hit early and often to build a quick 11-0 lead.

In the first Adam Roser singled to center. Tanner Chamberlain would sac bunt Roser to 2nd. Andy Roser was then hit by a pitch. Ryan Keaffaber would then hit a deep fly to left center, advancing Adam Roser to 3rd. On the next pitch Andy Roser stole base. Joseph Ross then laced a 2rbi single (2-0).

The second inning is when the Norse would brake it open. Tanner Wilcox lead off with a  walk. Collin Dawes followed with a bunt single. Jared Kirtlan walked to load the bases.  Adam Roser was then hit by a pitch to bring home Wilcox  (3-0). Tanner Chamberlain hit in to a fielders choice. Andy Roser singled to drive in two and the Norse led (5-0). Ryan Keaffaber was then hit by a pitch to reload bases. Joseph Ross then cleared the bases with a grand slam to left center on a 1-2 pitch, making it (9-0).

In the third Austin Keen ripped a 2 out rbi single over short (11-0).

Blackford got their offense going in the fourth, scoring four runs on a hit batter and five singles, 11-4 and then added a run in the fifth to make it 11-5, which ended up the final score.

………………………………..1   2   3      4   5   6      7 ………..       R    H    E

Northfield (22-4)              2   7   2      0   0   0      0                        11  12   1

Blackford                             0   0   4      1   0   0      0                        5   10   0

Joseph Ross           2.1IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 3K

Andy Roser           4.2IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 6K (6-2)



Adam Roser          2-3, rbi

Andy Roser           2-4, 2rbi

Joseph Ross           2-4, HR (Grand Slam), 6rbi

Austin Keen          2-3, 2rbi

Collin Dawes         3-3

Jared Kirtlan          1-2

Highlight of game:  Collin Dawes  dove to his right to snag grounder by Chase Twibell and threw him out for 2nd out. Then he ran and dove, rolling to his seat facing the outfield and somehow threw to Joseph Ross (who was still pitching) covering first.  2 outstanding plays!  He later made a great play of a grounder to his left in the 7th.  Great game defensively and all day offensively for Collin.

Uggen:  “We did a great job executing early in this one to build the 11-0 lead. Collin Dawes had a great defensive game. He made two outstanding plays in the 2nd that were as good as any of seen in years and then made another tough play later.  Add that to his 5 hits today and he had a heck of a day.  It was also great to see Joseph Ross drive the ball.  Overall, we hit very well today as a team.”

Next game:   at Bellmont on Monday at 5pm.


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