by Gary Andrews
The Northfield varsity baseball team evened their season record to 3-3 Saturday with a double-header sweep over Marion.
The Norse rode the back of Shane Vigar in game one who was the winning pitcher striking out 13, while going 4 for 4 at the plate.
In game one, the Norse jumped on Marion in the first inning. Adam Roser led off with a single and was followed with a single from Brad Bever. Roser and Bever would then pull off a double steal with Roser scoring on a steal. Drake Richter then drove home Bever and the Norse led 2-0 after one.
In the bottom of the third, the Norse would tack on two more runs. Vigar started the inning with a single and was drove home on a Remington Monce double. Bryce Kendall was then hit by a pitch and followed by a Nate Hembree bunt single. With the bases loaded, Monce was picked off third but Joseph Mitchell loaded them back up with a single. Kendall would score on a wild pitch and the Norse led 4-0.
Marion would pick up a run in the fourth, and it was 4-1 in the fifth when the Norse struck again. Bryce Kendall started the inning with a double, but was thrown out at third. Nate Hembree then singled and was followed by a Mitchell walk. Both runners would advance a base on a wild pitch when Brown singled scoring Hembree and Mitchell to lead 6-1.
Northfield would get one more insurance run in the 6th. Drake Richter walked and stole second. Shane Vigar would single home Richter as the Norse took game one 7-1.
The Norse jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first in game two thanks to Brad Bever. Bever struck out swinging, but on a dropped third strike made it safely to first. Bever then stole second and third, then stole home on a passed ball to put Northfield up.
The game would go a little stagnant for the Norse the next five innings as they couldn’t get any momentum going and led 1-0 when the Giants made some noise. Marion, who hadn’t touched pitcher Nate Hembree most of the game, finally found some gaps to plate two runs and led the Norse 2-1 heading to the bottom of the 6th. The 2 runs by the Giants woke up a sleeping Giant in the bottom as Adam Roser led off with a walk. With one out Drake Richter hit a chopper to short, beating it out. Shane Vigar then singled to load the bases when Roser scored on a passed ball. Remington Monce then doubled home Richter and Vigar to go up 4-2, but the Norse were not done. With two outs Nate Hembree dropped one in right field to bring home Monce and the Norse led 5-2 heading to the 7th.
As it had been most of the game, Hembree dominated on the mound striking out the side to complete the sweep.