East Marshall holds off Norse boys

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

East Marshall scored single runs in four of six innings and made them stand up as they defeated the visiting Norse boys 4-2 at Le Grand on Tuesday night (June 28). An uncustomary four errors by the Norsemen helped the home team’s cause as well. Both teams scattered six hits, with Jakob Pitman going the distance on the mound for Roland-Story, allowing three earned runs, walked four and struck out five.

Nathan Bell led the R-S offense with two hits. Jake Ford, Will Larson, Josh Sevde and Caleb Schlatter also recorded hits for the Norse.

The Norsemen led 1-0 in the top of the first. Tyler Hovick drew a lead off walk, stole second and was sacrificed to third by Colby Gray. Tyler soon scored on Ford’s ground out to short.

East Marshall tied it in the bottom of the first on a walk, stolen base and a single to right. The home team went ahead for good with single runs in the third, fifth and sixth.

The Norse boys’ final run came in the top of the seventh when Bell singled to right, advanced to second and third on back to back singles by Larson and Sevde. Bell would score on Hovick’s fielder’s choice with the bases loaded.

“This game was a good reminder to us on what can happen if we don’t limit walks and errors,” said Coach Chris Hill. “We had a few nice hits, but, for the most part, our hitting struggled. When it does, our defense and pitching has to be able to pick up for the lack of run production. Today we just weren’t able to do that.”