Click here for the REPlay … In this game that was expected to bring a small ball theme and perhaps a power outage at the plate, the New Bloomfield Wildcats ran away with this one.
After starting pitcher Clay Jenson (6-4) struggled finding the plate during the first frame and for part of the second, lightbulbs went off and his team went on the attack.
While the Norwood Pirates jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after one, the Wildcats never buckled or gave in. They realized that if they stayed patient and slowed the game down, they would have their chances to drive in runs on offense.
When the top of the third rolled around, Norwood’s senior starting pitcher, Dalton Rein (9-3) was on cruise control and was doing an excellent job of working in and out of the zone, and particularly throwing first pitch strikes through the first two innings as evidenced by him throwing zeros on the board.
That was until the top of the third when the Wildcats decided they had enough and battered around Rein impressively and in doing so put up a 6 spot on the board, to take a 6-1 lead and would never look back.
While Rein loss his effectiveness in the third inning until being removed in the fifth, he did not exactly get good assistance from his defense behind him.
The team had 5 errors including two from right fielder/shortstop Kyler Hyde, two from third baseman Levi Mason and one from the pitcher Rein himself.
Norwood got solid production from outfielder Tyler Pritchard with a two-hit game as well as Weston Chadwell who had a hit and scored both of the team’s runs and Joel Ogletree as well.
In the end it was not nearly enough as Rein was charged with 10 earned runs on 10 hits in 4 2/3 while striking out just two and walking four.
Meanwhile on the other side, the Wildcats got great efforts from everyone in the lineup with at least an at-bat outside of the pitcher.
Stars of the game for New Bloomfield included but aren’t limited to Tucker Lane, Derek Shikles, Boyd Kempker and Tyler Fennewald who was my Star of the Game.
The bottom line is a team had to lose and unfortunately that was Norwood who had a good season overall, and will with their track record undoubtedly be back and improved next season.
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