by Gary Andrews
Despite a misty rain at times, blustery winds and cold temperatures the Northfield baseball team took the field Friday for the first time at home to take on Woodlan. While the temperature was cold, senior lefty Ryan Keaffaber was on fire on the mound. Keaffaber faced the minimum 21 batters, striking out 17 in a no hit 2-0 Norse win.
Keaffaber allowed only a fifth inning walk to Dylan Gerig and a sixth inning walk to Jared Emenhiser. Pinch runner Ryan Milby was caught stealing and Emenhiser was picked off so that Keaffaber pitched to the minimum 21 batters.
The Norse scored their first run when Bryce Kendall collected a hit on a slow roller, tough play at third that was thrown away allowing Kendall to go to second. Pinch runner Christian Hawkins then scored on an RBI ground out by Adam Roser to the first baseman and the Norse led 1-0 after three.
The Norse later scored in the 5th when Dallas Hovey had a bunt single and went to second on a wild pitch. He scored when Bryce Kendall's bunt was thrown down the right field line.
The Norse garnered just five hits, two by Collin Dawes and one each from Bryce Kendall, Shane Vigar and Dallas Hovey. Andy Roser was hit by a pitch twice and drew a walk.