Norse boys’ ‘Senior Night’ results in shutout over CAL

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com
Norse boys’ ‘Senior Night’ results in shutout over CAL

Three seniors were honored Friday night (July 8) by the Roland-Story boys’ baseball team - John Barclay, Josh Sevde and Tyler Hovick - prior to their 6-0 shutout victory over CAL (Latimer) in Story City. Pitchers John Barclay (5.0) and Colby Gray (2.0) combined for a four-hit shutout, as the Norse tied the school record for wins in a season with their 28th victory against just 10 losses.

“We recognized three seniors tonight, all of which have been a vocal part of our team,” said Coach Chris Hill. “Getting a win on senior night was an added bonus, and a great way for these three to end their reglar season.”

The Norse scored two in the first and one in the second to take an early 3-0 lead. They added three more for the final margin in the fourth inning.

Barclay and Gray scored the two runs in the first, both reaching base on errors, advancing around on a ground out and a hit batsman. In the second, Gray scored again after singling to right, coming around to eventually score on Tyler Hovick’s double to right field.

The three insurance runs in the fourth came about when Gray singled, Hovick reached on an error and Zach Shadlow singled to left, which drove in Gray. Hovick eventually scored on a wild pitch, and Shadlow would score on Nathan Bell’s sacrifice fly to right.

CAL was retired in order in each of the second, fourth, sixth and seventh innings.

Gray and Shadlow led the R-S offense with two hits each. A total of 16 Norsemen were able to see action in this game.

“We have played well in our last three games and it gives us some confidence going into the post season,” concluded Hill. “We will need to play well from here on out, but this group is ready for the challenge.”

The Norsemen will have faced PCM last night (Tuesday) in 2A District action at Story City. If victorious, they will play Saturday night (July 16) against the winner of the Des Moines Christian/CMB game.