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Sweet 16: Norwalk Truckers sets school record for consecutive wins
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Norwalk's pitcher Colin Obringer, left, watches first baseman Ethan Rhodes pull in a pop up in the fourth inning
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Norwalk's Michael Finch pulls down a long fly ball against Bellevue.
MORNING JOURNAL/JIM BOBEL Norwalk's Joseph Hinckley, left, high fives Michael Finch after he scores in the third inning against Bellevue.
The Truckers have won 16 straight games and broke the school record for the number of wins in a row.
“It was a great team win, the way we’ve won all year,” Norwalk coach Wes Douglas said. “It was probably the best all-around game we’ve played all year against a quality pitcher. We had some good at-bats, some good two-out hits. We kept adding on. We kept on throwing strikes and getting outs.”
Bellevue got things started in the top of the first inning after Dylan DeWitt hit an RBI single, scoring Nick Raifsnider, putting the Redmen on top 1-0. Norwalk responded in the bottom half of the inning when Alex Keefer hit a two-out RBI single, tying the game at one.
In the bottom of the second, the Truckers’ Tyson Putnam led off the inning with an infield single. After Putnam stole second base, with one out in the inning, Keefer hit a RBI single to center field, scoring Putnam, giving the Truckers a 2-1 lead.
The Truckers tacked on a run in the bottom of the third with a two-out rally. Bellevue starting pitcher Alex Manner retired the first two batters of the inning then walked two in a row. Colin Souter came through with a two-out single to center field, giving the Truckers a 3-1 lead.
Norwalk scored two more runs in the game, one in the fourth on a RBI single by Joseph Hinckley and one in the fifth on a RBI single by Bailey Rarick.
Norwalk starting pitcher Colin Obringer (4-0) pitched 6 2/3 innings, and gave up one run on six hits, walked one and struckout two. Obringer was able to dance out of danger multiple times, limiting Bellevue offensively.
In the top of the second with two outs and runners on first and second, Obringer was able to get Raifsnider to fly out to center field. In the top of the fourth, it was the same result. With two runners on, Dalton Jarvis popped out to the first basemen.
“He (Obringer) made pitches when he had to,” Douglas said. “He kept them off-balance. He was throwing curveballs when they were looking fastballs and fastballs when looking for curveballs. It was a great effort from a guy that doesn’t pitch that much.”
Bellevue coach Andy Dennings believed that Norwalk was able to get the clutch hits when the Redmen could not.
“We didn’t get it done at the plate again,” Dennings said. “It was a matter of just getting one hit and maybe it’s a different story. If we hit the ball a little better in different situations, we’re on the other side of the coin. They got some hits when they needed to.”
In the top of the seventh, a two-out RBI-double to deep left field by Alex Manner scored the final run for the Redmen. Bellevue threatened to add more runs in the inning, as it had runners on second and third. Truckers’ pitcher Michael Finch struck out DeWitt for the final out of the game.
Norwalk 5, Bellevue 2
Northern Ohio League
Bellevue (14-4, 3-3) 100 000 1 — 2 7 1
Norwalk (20-2, 8-0) 111 110 0 — 5 9 0
TWO HITS OR MORE — Bellevue: Nick Reifsnider, Trent Stamm; Norwalk: Isaac Perry, Tyson Putnam; 2B — B: Stamm, Alex Manner; WP — Colin Obringer (4-0); LP — Alex Manner (2-2).
Last Updated: 5/2/2013 11:22:46 PM EST