Apaches Fall-Norse Advance To Sectional Final

After having to wait a day to get the Wabash sectional going again due to rain, the Wabash Apaches struggled and the Northfield Norsemen road the back of Ryan Keaffaber. Wabash was eliminated from the tournament, falling to Oak Hill 4-0 in game one, while the Norse held off Lewis Cass 3-0 in game two.

In game one the Apaches just couldn’t get the bats going, collecting just three hits in the game. After falling behind 1-0 in the second, Tyler Brewer singled and stole second but the Apaches couldn’t move him around.

Oak Hill would score two more in the third and one in the fourth to go up 4-0. Grant Sailors singled in the fourth and Isiah Smith singled in the seventh for the only Apache hits of the night.

Roger Davis (Wabash) 7 IP, 3 ER, 5 H, 4 SO, 2 BB

In game two Ryan Keaffaber threw a masterpiece for the Norse. Keaffaber threw a 2-hit shutout, walked one and struck
out 5, throwing just 73 pitches. He retired the first 11 batters before giving up a 2 out double down the left field line.

The Norse struck in the first as Adam Roser reached on an error, moved to second on a balk and later scored on a fielder’s choice hit by Andy Roser.

Northfield manufactured a run in the third. After an Adam Roser single, he moved to second on a balk and
scored on a throwing error to lead 2-0.

In the fourth the Norse threatened. Bryce Kendall singled and advanced to second on a bad throw. Dallas Hovey then sac bunted Kendall to third with one out, but two short fly balls kept the Norse from scoring.

In the sixth the Norse played some small ball to score a third run. After Andy Maggart drew a walk, Kendall and Hovey executed sac bunts to move pinch runner Jared Kirtlan to third with two outs. Collin Dawes then came through with a single to drive Kirtlan home for the 3-0 lead.

The run in the first is all Keaffaber needed, as he shut down the Kings for the 3-0 win.

With the win, Ryan Keaffaber moves into a 2nd place tie all-time in Indiana with 45 wins in his career tying Robbie Clark of Hammond Gavit who won 45 between 1975-78. Keaffaber stands one win behind the all-time leader, Steve
DeRoos of Wheeler, who won 46 games between 1984-87.

Coach Uggen: “Ryan (Keaffaber) and their pitcher (Adams) were in quite the pitchers’ dual. We were fortunate to get the early lead then add to it. We forced them into some early mistakes but we did a poor job hitting with runners on 3rd
until Collin (Dawes) got the big 2 out hit in the 6th. I thought Ryan pitched a masterful game for us. He doesn’t have to strike 14 guys out a night. We played defensive for him and that helped keep his pitch count down. Great win over a
very good and well-coached team.”

The Norse improved to 25-3 and play Oak Hill for the Wabash Sectional championship Wednesday night at 6:30 pm.

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