The 2017 Norsemen Classic kicked off Friday night, June 23, hosting AGWSR, Ogden, Highland, East Marshall and Saydel for what would end up being the first ever 4-0 win for Coach Amber Doyle at this tournament.
Roland-Story’s first match up was against AGWSR where Hailey Louw helped to put runs on the board early in the first and third innings, earning three RBIs on two singles.
R-S defense came out strong shutting the Cougars down inning after inning, allowing one run. Sydney Mathis came in relief inning 5 and had four strikeouts over the next two innings to end the game 3-1 Roland-Story.
With little time in between games, the girls warmed up and refocused for game two against Highland. Highland scored fast with a run in the first inning, but Roland-Story answered back in the second inning when Sydney Mathis scored on a single from Talyn Phillips.
R-S and Highland battled throughout the game, both refusing to allow runs until the sixth inning when Highland scored two runs. In the Norsemen’s last at bat and a score of 1-3 with one out, Sydney Mathis hit a single to get on base. With one on and two outs, Jessica Hovick singled to keep the Norse alive. Jade Elliot and Talyn Phillips drew back to back walks to bring in a run.
The R-S fans and dugout were buzzing as they cheered on the home team, now sitting with two outs, bases loaded and freshman Juliann Clark up to bat. Clark hit a single to right, earning two RBIs to end the game 4-3 Roland-Story.
Roland-Story won big Saturday afternoon, June 24, with a score of 11-3 vs East Marshall going into game 3.
Missing two from their starting lineup, Coach Doyle said, “Today we knew it would be a little different missing two from the top of our order, and everyone stepped up, played hard and looked fantastic.”
The Roland-Story Norsemen united for what would end up being their highest scoring game of the tournament. Each player contributed to the offensive outburst scoring 11 runs in three innings. Jessica Hovick hit a double to bring in two runs in the third inning and freshman Lexi Heaberlin singled in the top of the fourth for two RBIs. Sophomore Susie Weaver had a big triple to lead off the fifth inning and help to put runs on the board.
Game 4 of the Norseman Classic went similar to Game 3, with Roland-Story winning 9-2 against Webster City.
Susie Weaver went 2 for 3 and scored three runs for R-S. Senior Pressly Parker assisted the offense with patience at the plate walking three times, singling once and scoring two runs.
The pitching duo of Hailey Louw and Sydney Mathis proved effective to keep the Lynx off balance to clinch the 9-2 win and first 4-0 victory at Norseman Classic.
When asked how she feels about going 4-0 Doyle said, “I told them they should be proud because we bring in quality teams and we played some ranked team and teams that have had some success in the previous post seasons. I think it’s a testament to the kind of team we can be and the girls can be when we come out and play hard.”
The RS Norsemen scored 27 runs and allowed nine over two days and four games.