by Gary Andrews
After getting off to a slow start and trailing in the third inning, the Northfield baseball team rallied to win their fourth straight sectional title, defeating Oak Hill 8-4.
Oak Hill came prepared and gave the Norse a scare, scoring one run in the first and one in the second to lead 2-0 heading to the third. The Norse had a chance to score in the second, with Andy Maggart being thrown out at home on a questionable call.
The Eagles would then plate another two runs in the top of the third to go up 4-0 before the Norse got busy. Adam Roser got things started with a single and was followed by a Ryan Keaffaber bunt single. Andy Roser moved the runners to second and third when Adam Roser scored on a wild pitch. Shane Vigar would then double home Keaffaber to cut the lead in half at 4-2, then advanced to 3rd on a wild pitch. Joseph Ross drew a walk before Andy Maggart doubled home Vigar to make it 4-3. Bryce Kendall then doubled home two runs to give Northfield their first lead at 5-4. Adam Roser would single home the 6th run and Northfield led 6-4 after three.
Starting pitcher Andy Roser would shut down the Eagles in the fourth with a fly out and two strikeouts before giving way to Ryan Keaffaber the last three innings. Keaffaber would allow just one hit over the next three innings to seal the win.
Northfield tacked on two insurance runs in the 6th. Adam Roser went down swinging, but reached first on a dropped third strike to get the inning going. Ryan Keaffaber singled to put runners on first and third. Oak Hill elected to intentionally walk Andy Roser to load the bases. After a strike out, Joseph Ross hit a grounder to drive in Adam Roser and on the overthrow to first, Andy Roser scored to give the Norse the 8-4 lead.