Norwich Claims Lead In Third, Downs B-G 18-4

By: Meagan Schulz

NORWICH – Bainbridge-Guilford took an 2-1 early lead on Norwich’s home field but it only lasted until the third inning. Norwich then scored seven runs over the next two innings before cruising to a 18-4 win, taking their streak to seven in a row.

Mike Hagen continued with hot bat, going 4-for-5 at the plate to lead Norwich’s offense. He also came away a triple and four RBIs in the game.

Trey Bates ended the game with three hits while Torin Lawerence, Evan Sylstra and Logan Ford finished with two hits each. As a team, Norwich totaled 18 hits.

“We are starting to hit on all cylinders as a team,” said Norwich head coach Greg Bates. “Once again, Mikey [Hagen] did Mikey again tonight. He’s smashing the ball right now.”

Bainbridge-Guilford went up 2-0 after the top of the first with Garrett Ives’ double to left field, scoring Jose Bivar and Owen Drown. Both of B-G’s runners drew walks to get on base and pt Bivar into scoring position.

Norwich answered with one run in the bottom half of the inning and both teams were held scoreless in the second.

In the bottom of the third, Norwich tied the game and eventually took the lead for good.

Lawerence reached first due to an error by the Bainbridge-Guilford fielders. The Norwich baserunner put himself into scoring position with a steal then Bates’ hit a single to center field, sending Lawerence into the score. Bates attempt to turn the base knock into a double but was thrown out on the play.

Facing two outs during his at-bat, Hagen stepped up and ripped a shot to center. Stealing second base, Hagen came into score on Ford’s single line drive up the middle in the next at-bat.

Ford scored the final run of the frame when Sylstra drove in his teammate on a base hit to left field.

B-G cut the Norwich advantage down to one run when Ives once again sent Drown into score. Bainbridge-Guilford tacked on another run in the top of the sixth but that was all the visiting team was able to muster up.

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