Keaffaber strikes out 18 in Norse opener

by Gary Andrews

Behind a dominant pitching performance from Ryan Keaffaber, the Northfield baseball team won their first game of the sectional by beating North Miami 6-0.

Keaffaber pitched a three-hit shutout, striking out 18 Warriors to improve to 9-1 on the year and earning his 44th career victory to put him in sole possession of third place all-time in Indiana high school history.

The Norse got a one out double in the first by Adam Roser, which was followed by a two out RBI single by his brother, Andy, to put the Norse up 1-0.

Joseph Ross scored in the second on a throwing error by the catcher on a steal attempt by Bryce Kendall to put the Norse up 2-0.

In the third, Adam Roser was hit by a pitch and followed by a Keaffaber single. Andy Roser would ground out to move the runners to second and third when Shane Vigar singled home both for a 4-0 lead.

In the fifth, Andy Roser walked and followed by a Shane Vigar single to put runners on first and third Vigar would steal second and on the overthrow Roser would score to make it 5-0.

With Keaffaber dominating the Norse would tack on one more in the seventh. Andy Roser doubled, with Vigar reaching on an error. Joseph Ross would then drive home Roser with a fly ball to score the sixth run for the 6-0 final.

Posted on 2013 May 28