Norse girls fall short against Ballard

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

After Ballard (17-15) took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the R-S girls took a brief 2-1 advantage in the top of the third. But the Bombers retaliated with two more of their own to take the lead for good, and then held on for a 4-3 victory Tuesday night (June 28) at Huxley.

The Norse out-hit Ballard 6-5, but four R-S errors led to three unearned runs for the home team, and that was one of the key elements in the game’s outcome.

Sydney Mathis led the offense with a 2 for 3 night at the plate. She also went the distance on the mound, allowing one earned run on five hits, struck out one and walked five. Susie Weaver, Hailey Louw, Jessica Hovick and Jade Elliott had the other R-S hits.

In the two-run third for the Norse Elliott singled up the middle with one out and eventually scored on Louw’s single to center. Jenna Clark walked after Elliott’s single and she too came in to score on a sac fly by Kelsey Polaski.

The Norsemen’s final run came in the sixth, which cut the lead to 4-3 at the time. Mathis led off with a double that threaded the gap in left-center. Juliann Clark’s sacrifice bunt advanced Sydney to third, and she would then score on Hovick’s single up the middle. R-S went quietly in the top of the seventh, as Ballard preserved the victory.

“I was very proud of our effort tonight,” said Coach Amber Doyle. “We held them in several innings with runners in scoring position and we never allowed a big inning against a strong hitting and aggressive base-running team. we scored first and were much more confident at the plate, forcing them to make two pitching changes in the game. We need to clean up our errors (however) to win these close ball games, and that will be a deciding factory for us going into the post-season - how clean can we play?”

J.V. Results

The Norse J.V.’ers lost a tough ball game to the Bombers by the same score as the varsity contest, 4-3, Tuesday night (June 28) in Huxley. A 3-0 early lead by the Norsemen soon was erased as Ballard tallied two runs in each of the third and fifth innings, with the game ending after the fifth frame, and the home team gaining the victory. The big blow came on a two-out, two-run homer in the fifth by Ballard’s Miranda Noack that won the contest.

The Norse collected six hits, while Ballard had only two hits. Seven errors by the Norsemen greatly aided the Bombers’ cause. Susie Weaver had two hits for R-S and two RBIs as well. Hailey Louw, Jenna Clark and Sydney Weaver handled the pitching duties for the Norsemen; throwing 2, 2 and 2/3 innings, respectively.