The Northfield varsity baseball team took a double header from Marion Saturday. Game one was a pitching dual for six innings as Joseph Ross picked up his second win of the year in a 6-1 win. Game two was an eight inning marathon as the Norse pulled off a 16-15 win.
The Norse struck in the first inning of game one. Collin Dawes singled and was advanced to third on an Andy Roser double. Ryan Keaffaber then singled home Dawes with Roser being thrown out at the plate trying to plate a second run.
Marion would tie the game up in the third on a double and a single and the two teams went to the fifth tied at one.
In the top of the fifth Adam Roser got things started with a single and was eventually brought home on a Dawes single to give the Norse a 2-1 lead.
With the Norse offense struggling some, Ross remained strong on the mound. In the bottom of the sixth and one out Ross walked the second batter and coach Tony Uggen elected to bring in Andy Roser. Roser forced a pop up and got a strike out to get out of the inning.
With the Norse needing an insurance run in the seventh, they got that and more. Bryce Kendall started the inning with a single and was followed by back to back bunt singles by Adam Roser and Dawes. Andy Roser then gave the Norse the breathing room with a grand slam over the center field fence to open the gap to 6-1. Roser struck out the side in the bottom of the inning and the Norse won game one 6-1.
Game two had runs scored in every inning and plenty of them. The Norse scored two in the top of the first when Adam Roser reached on an error and was followed by freshman Drake Richter taking one deep to left to give Northfield a 2-0 lead. The Giants got one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning on a Norse error and a single.
In the top of the second and one out, Austin Curless and freshman starting pitcher Remington Monce drew walks. Adam Roser bunted for a single to load the bases and a wild pitch brought home the next run, 3-1. With two outs Andy Roser doubled home two more to make it 5-1, then Ryan Keaffaber singled home Roser to make it 6-1. The Giants got to Monce in the second and loaded the bases. Andy Roser came in to relieve, forcing a ground ball out that scored a run, 6-2. The next hitter doubled home two more and it was 6-4 after two.
The Norse would pick up one more in the sixth and the game went to the fifth 7-4.
Joseph Ross singled in the fifth and was brought home by a Shane Vigar single to lead 8-4 when the Marion offense went wild in the bottom of the inning. Six Marion hits and two Northfield errors related to six Giant runs to put Marion up 10-8 after five.
Trailing by three, Bryce Kendall started the inning reaching on an error. Adam Roser then blasted a two run shot to tie the game at 10. Richter and Andy Roser drew walks and after a Keaffaber sac fly, Richter scored on a passed ball to put the Norse up 11-10. Again the Giants would beat up on Norse pitching in the bottom of the inning, collecting five runs on five hits to take a 15-11 lead heading to the 7th.
Kendall led off the 7th being hit by a pitch. After an Adam Roser fly out, Richter and Andy Roser drew walks to load the bases. With two outs a passed ball scored Kendall, making it 15-12 when Joseph Ross hit a towering three run shot over the right field fence to knot the score at 15. Living on the edge, the Norse found some trouble in the bottom of the inning. With two outs and a runner on second Roser intentionally walked the hitter to set up a force. On the next pitch the runner on second broke to soon with Roser stepping off and getting the runner in a rundown. The Norse botched the rundown with the winning run making it to third. Roser calmly struck out the next hitter to force an 8th inning.
In the top of the 8th, Nate Hembree singled to start the inning. Dallas Hovey moved Hembree to second with a bunt, then Kendall hit a sac fly moving Hembree to third. Adam Roser then singled home Hembree to give the Norse a 16-15 lead heading to the bottom. After a strike out and a walk, Joseph Ross made an outstanding catch over the dugout fence for the second out. Roser then forced a grounder for the third out and the Norse escaped 16-15.