The varsity baseball team rallied from down 1-0 heading to the bottom of the 7th to pull out a stunning 2-1 victory over Delphi (21-7).
Adam Roser lead off the 7th with a flare to left which was only the 4th hit of the game for the Norse who gave up a lone run in the 6th. Ryan Keaffaber followed with a sacrifice bunt off the Oracle closer. Andy Roser battled to a 2-2 count before single sharply through the third baseman to move his brother to third. Andy Roser then stole second to take away the double play possibility. Shane Vigar then fell behind 1-2 before staying alive to walk to load the bases with still one out.
Joseph Ross then came up big by grounding to first. The first baseman knocked it down to get the out at first but his throw to home was late to get Adam Roser and the game was tied 1-1. Now with two outs and first base open, Andy Maggart worked the count to full before grounding slowly towards first. The ball went fair and foul at least twice before the first baseman had to pick it up (it was fair) and frantically tried to tag Maggart who barely raced by the attempted tag which seemed to have scored Andy Roser and clinch a 2-1 Regional championship for the Norse. The two umpires looked at each other to determine the correct call as the attempted tag was made. Finally, a delayed call was made by the home plate umpire as most waited for the decision in great anticipation which was correctly (based on observations from those upstairs) called “safe” and the Norse stormed the field in celebration.
Andy Roser went 2-3 at the plate to lead the Norse. Adam Roser, Bryce Kendall and Maggart had the other 3 hits for the Norse.
Ryan Keaffaber pulled out the win for the Norse going 6 strong innings and allowing 1 run on 6 hits. He struck out 9. Andy Roser pitched a 1-2-3 3rd for the Norse as Keaffaber only had 6 innings he could throw after throwing 4 in the win the night before.
With the win, Keaffaber becomes the winning-est pitcher in Indiana history with his 47th win overall.
The fans couldn’t have been entertained any more by two great teams playing an outstanding baseball game at Chris Rood Field. It was the second consecutive Regional win for the Norse who improved to 28-3.
A side note….with the win, the Norse, due to the new “success factor” will play in the Class 3A tournament in 2014 and 2015.
The location of the semi state will be determined tomorrow morning. The Norse will either play at Coveleski Stadium in South Bend or at Highland Park in Kokomo. They will face Adams Central (26-3).