Roland-Story girls drop tough one to CMB

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

The Norse girls played one of their best ball games of the season, but unfortunately, they fell short, losing a tough 2-1 decision to CMB (21-8) at Collins Wednesday night (June 29). It was the Norsemen’s fourth loss in a row; all close, tough luck losses. It was a game where neither team could get much offense going. The Raiders scored single runs in the second and fifth innings, and the Norse (10-16) posted their lone run in the sixth.

“The girls played a fantastic game,” said Coach Amber Doyle. “It was one of those nights where if we could have just had one more hit fall in, the outcome goes the other way. Both teams played well.”

The Norsemen’s only score came when Kelsey Polaski reached base on an error with two outs in the sixth. Sydney Mathis’ single to right moved Polaski along, and Kelsey would eventually score when Juliann Clark reached on an error. R-S would leave the bases loaded, however, as the multiple scoring threat went by the wayside.

Mathis went six innings on the mound, allowing just two hits, one earned run, struck out one and walked one. Jenna Clark, Hailey Louw and Mathis had the Norse hits.

“The exciting thing is that we are wrapping up the regular season with all cylinders firing,” commented Coach Doyle, “and you can sense that the girls are looking forward to finishing strong and having a fun post season.”

J.V. Results

In a game that saw five lead changes, the Norse J.V. girls prevailed over CMB 11-6 Wednesday night (June 29) in Collins. Both teams scored three times in the first inning. A big six-run fifth inning by the Norsemen sealed the victory. Juliann Clark drove in two runs in the fifth, scoring Emma Auld and Susie Weaver.

After CMB took a 5-3 lead with single runs in the second and third, R-S tied it at 5-5 with two runs in the fourth. Susie Weaver walked and scored on Talyn Phillips’ single up the middle. Talyn woulde score when Juliann Clark reached on an error. The Raiders took back the lead briefly 6-5 in the bottom of the fourth, setting the stage for the Norsemen’s six-run outburst in the fifth.

Jessica Eslick led the R-S offense, going 2 for 3 with two runs scored. Clark, Lexi Heaberlin and Susie Weaver each scored two runs as well. Hailey Louw (2.0), Jenna Clark (1.0) and Sydney Weaver (2.0) shared mound duties.