Roland-Story boys drop second game in a row for first time this season

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

The Roland-Story boys (23-7) haven’t had to experience a losing streak all season, that is, until Wednesday night (June 29), when they lost a 5-4 decision to visiting West Marshall (19-8) in Story City. Coming off a loss at East Marshall the night before, the Norse came up just one run short, falling to the Trojans 5-4. The bats were again silent, as the home team could only punch out three hits in the game. West Marshall had 10 hits.

“Our struggles at the plate continued tonight,” said Coach Chris Hill. “The bats began to come alive in the later innings (however). Hopefully the life our bats had at the end will be a spark as we head towards the end of the season.”

The Norse scored first in the bottom of the first, and tried to peck away after the Trojans scored three in the fourth and two in the fifth to lead 5-1. R-S posted two in the bottom of the fifth to cut the margin to 5-3 and made it 5-4 with a run in the sixth. But the Norsemen were retired in order in the seventh as they fell one run shy of catching the Trojans.

In the first inning, Tyler Hovick reached on an error and went to second on a wild pitch. Colby Gray’s ground out to the pitcher enabled Tyler to go to third and he would soon score when Zach Shadlow reached on an error. the inning ended with two men still left on base.

The fifth saw Caleb Schlatter drive in two runs with a single to right-center. Scoring runs were Hovick and Jake Ford, who had reached on a hit by pitch and an error, respectively.

The Norsemen’s final run in the sixth was courtesy of a double by Landon Greiner, a ground out and a passed ball.

John Barclay and Colby Gray handled the pitching, going 4 1/3 and 2 2/3 innings, respectively.