The Norse baseball team finished their season 29-4 as State Runner-Ups after a tough 3-2 loss to South Spencer on Saturday. Ryan Keaffaber took the loss despite setting the record for strikeouts in a 2A State Championship with 14. He fell to 13-2 and ended his career with a remarkable 48-4 record.
The Norse trailed 1-0 in the second when Andy Roser tripled over the head of the left fielder. He would then score on a wild pitch to tie it.
The Rebels loaded the bases in the 5th thanks in part to two great bunts with no outs. Keaffaber almost worked out of it before giving up a 2 strikeout looper off the handle that barely cleared Andy Roser’s glove at third to give them a 3-1 lead.
The Norse wouldn’t quit as they rallied to with 3-2 with one out in the bottom of the seventh. With Andy Roser at second after an RBI single by Shane Vigar that scored Keaffaber, Andy Maggart popped out and Drake Richter flew softly to center to end it.
Head Coach Tony Uggen stated, “There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. We played our hearts out and, in the end, gave ourselves a chance for yet another comeback win but South Spencer simply did a little more offensively and made a great play or two defensively to earn the win. Their pitcher was superb. We just couldn’t get a bead on him. I am proud of what this group of kids has accomplished. It was truly an honor to get to coach such great kids.”
He added, “I can’t be more proud of our fans and the community of Wabash. They came out in big numbers for a 2A school and made this a truly special day to remember. We just didn’t quite play well enough to maybe have enjoyed it a little more but it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of effort on their part.”
The award program is tentatively scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 30, at 7:30 pm in the NHS auditorium.