It was the semi finals of the Wabash baseball sectional Monday afternoon with two games playing for the right to play in the championship Monday night.
In game one Lewis Cass defeated North Miami 4-0 and in the game two county match up Northfield got by Manchester 9-4.
In the county match up Northfield jumped on Manchester ace Connor McLaughlin in the top of the first. The usual McLaughlin pop of the ball on the catchers mitt was not quite there after his amazing 10 inning, 200 pitch night against Oak Hill Thursday. Tanner Chamberlain got things started by being hit by a pitch and was followed by an Andy Roser rbi double, 1-0. Joseph Ross then singled home Roser to put the Norse up 2-0, but they were not done yet. Ross advanced to second on hit hit and then third on a wild pitch to set up and Austin Keen rbi single to go up 3-0.
In the third Roser would hit his second double to get in to scoring position and was brought home on a Ryan Keaffaber triple, 4-0. Keaffaber struck out the side in the third and the Norse led 4-0.
In the bottom of the fifth things got a little interesting. Northfield elected to remove Keaffaber from the mound to save innings for the championship game and brought in Andy Roser. The Squires greeted Roser with a rally. Justin Lewis singled and was followed by Grant Schuler reaching on an error. Payton Sorg then singled to load the bases and the Norse re-entered Keaffaber to the mound. Keaffaber struck out the first batter he faced and then the Squires struck. Connor McLaughlin hit a grounder to Collin Dawes for a force at second and scored a run, 4-1. Payton Sorg then singled to make it 4-2 before Keaffaber got the Norse out of the inning.
In the top of the sixth Dawes singled and was moved to second by Dallas Hovey. Hunter Wells then singled home Dawes for a 5-2 lead. Keaffaber struck out the side in the Squire sixth and with an inninng to go it was 5-2.
Northfield tacked on four insurance runs in the seventh. Chamberlain walked and Andy Roser singled. At that point Squire coach Jack Rupley elected to remove work horse Connor Mclaughlin who had an amazing tourney. Ryan Keaffaber greeted relief pitcher Logan Brunn with a two run triple, his second three bagger of the game to make it 7-2. Austin Keen would bring home a run on a fielder’s choice to make it 8-2 and the last run came on a Dallas Hovey rbi single, 9-2.
Northfield brought in Collin Dawes to pitch the seventh, with Dawes being roughed up a little before getting out of the jam. Payton Sorg singled and was followed by a Caleb Thomas single. Connor McLaughlin then singled home the third Squire run to make it 9-3. After a pop up to catcher Andy Roser Logan Brunn was hit by a pitch, followed by Sainsbury being hit to make it 9-4 before Dawes forced a ground ball to end the game.