Pitman, Gray combine for no-hitter, as Norse roll past B-K

Todd ThorsonSports Writertthorson@storycityherald.com

The combined efforts of pitchers Jakob Pitman and Colby Gray proved beneficial, as they threw a no-hitter against Belmond-Klemme (3-19) Thursday night (July 7) in Story City. It didn’t take long either for the Norse offense to pile up the necessary runs. A six-run first inning eventually led to an 11-1, five-inning victory.

Pitman went the first 2 1/3 innings, allowing one earned run, walking four and striking out three. Gray took over in the third and went the final 2 2/3 innings, striking out two and walking no one.

“Jakob and Colby did a great job to combine for the no-hitter,” said Coach Chris Hill. “Those two have done very well for us on the mound this year. This is a well deserved memory for them to have, and I’m happy for them that they have it.”

The Norsemen’s bats exploded from the git-go. Doubles by Nathan Bell and Matthew Weaver and singles by John Barclay, Zach Shadlow and Caleb Schlatter, plus a walk, and a couple of B-K errors, led to a six-run first inning outburst.

R-S added single runs in the second and third and three final runs in the bottom of the fifth. Landon Greiner’s double to right plated both Jake Ford and Bell in the fifth. Schlatter also singled to center in the third to bring Bell home. Bell managed to score three of the Norsemen’s runs.

All totaled, the Norse (27-10) banged out 10 hits, two each by Bell and Schlatter. Greiner had three RBIs as well.

“Our hitting continues to improve, and it is good that the guys are taking some confidence at the plate into the post season,” commented Hill. “The defense and pitching has been consistent. Add in the hitting, and things are coming together.”