Norse boys back on track with win over GC

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

The Roland-Story boys were back on track Thursday (June 30), winning a home game in Story City over Greene County 9-2. Zach Shadlow went the distance on the mound, throwing a three-hitter, striking out 10 in the process, and allowing no earned runs.

“Zach had a very nice night on the mound,” said Coach Chris Hill. “Over his last 34-plus innings he only has two walks and one hit by pitch. He has been a very consistent arm for us this year.”

The Norse scored all of their runs in the middle innings, scoring three in the third, four in the fourth and two in the fifth. Greene County managed only two runs in the fourth.

Tyler Hovick’s double to center in the third scored John Barclay, who had singled to left to start the inning. After Colby Gray walked, Hovick scored on Jake Ford’s ground out to third. With Gray now at third, Shadlow skied a sac fly to left field to bring in Colby with the third run of the inning for the Norsemen.

Four more runs crossed the plate for R-S in the fourth, led by Ford’s two-run double to center. Landon Greiner and Barclay scored the first two runs for the Norse, singling and walking, respectively. Hovick and Gray walked and reached on an error, and scored on Ford’s hit.

The Norsemen’s final two runs came in the fifth with Greiner driving in Caleb Schlatter with a single up the middle.

Hovick and Greiner each went 2 for 3 at the plate, as the Norse punched out seven hits. Coach Hill also praised Hovick’s play at shortstop: “Tyler had a great night in the field. He made some very big plays for us, and some of those plays you just don’t see made very often at our level.”

The other hits came off the bats of Ford, Nathan Bell and Barclay. “Our bats have been cold (lately) and it was good to see six through nine come up with four hits,” added Hill.