The Northfield baseball team got two home runs from Shane Vigar and collected 15 hits in route to an 18-0 win at Southwood Monday.
The Norse jumped on starting Knight pitcher Robbie Cole in the first inning for 3 runs before Cole and the Knights settled down. The Norse led just 4-0 after 5 innings before things got out of hand.
Collin Dawes got things started by drawing a walk, when Drake Richter followed with a bunt the Knights booted. Ryan Keaffaber bunted to load the bases. Andy Roser would fly out to bring home the first Norse run. With the next hitter up, Richter tried to score on a passed ball, but was thrown out at the plate. Shane Vigar then launched a 2 run homer to give the Norse a 3-0 lead. Kyle Weaver led off the Knight half of the inning with a double and Jackson Blair walked, but the Knights were unable to capitalize.
With Ryan Keaffaber on the mound for the Norse and Robbie Cole settling in, it became a pitchers dual for three innings as the Norse still led just 3-0 after four.
Northfield would pick up a run in the 5th when Andy Roser singled and was sacrificed to second by Vigar. Joseph Ross was then hit by a pitch before Andy Maggart singled home Roser to make it 4-0.
In the sixth the Knight defense unraveled a little as two fielding errors led to a run. With the Norse up 5-0, Andy Roser singled to set up the table for Vigar, who took the pitch the opposite way for a three run shot to give Northfield an 8-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Blair doubled and Cole singled, again not being able to push a run across.
In the top of the 7th the Norse would send 15 batters to the plate, scoring 10 runs in route to the 18-0 win.
Ryan Keaffaber improved to 7-1 allowing 4 hits, a walk and striking out 10 to win his 42nd career game.
Keaffaber went 4-6 and Shane Vigar hit 2 homers and drove in 5 to lead the Norse. Andy Roser, Andy Maggart and Bryce Kendall each had 2 hits.
For Southwood Kyle Weaver and Jackson Blair each had a double. Nathan Hollars and Robbie Cole singled.
Coach Uggen: “It was unfortunate that the game got out of hand late as it was a great game through 5 innings. Ryan (Keaffaber) pitched pretty well and seemed to get stronger as he went along. Andy (Maggart) pitched a nice 7th. He’s pitched really well his last 3 times out. Shane (Vigar) really had a big day at the plate as did Ryan and a few others. This lineup is really starting to gel.” Uggen added, “I felt bad for Robbie Cole. He pitched a great game for them but was hurt by a few defensive mistakes behind him.”