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Pirates win slug fest with Fordland

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There was a slug fest last Tuesday in Fordland when the Norwood Pirates baseball team went on the road for a Summit Conference match-up.

Both teams combined to score 36 runs on 29 hits with 11 errors.

Fortunately for Norwood, Noah Drake had a two-RBI double in the top of the eighth inning to lift the Pirates to a 19-17 victory.

Fordland had jumped out to a 9-1 lead in the first inning before the Pirates responded with seven runs in their second at-bat to close the gap to one run.

The Eagles led 17-9 in the bottom of the fifth when Norwood head coach Drew Miller decided to bring pitcher Garrett Davault into the game to shut down Fordland’s momentum.

The move worked as Davault tossed three innings of shutout ball and allowed just one hit with two strikeouts.

Meanwhile, Norwood’s offense scored four runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Jacob Sinning’s three-run home run in the top of the seventh inning tied the game at 17-17 before the Pirates added two more runs in extra innings.

Offensively, Drake paced the Pirates with five hits, five RBIs and four runs scored while Sinning tallied three hits, five RBIs and two runs scored;

Davault tallied two hits, two RBIs and four runs scored; Brayden Wehrer had two RBIs and two runs scored; Dylan Calhoun added three hits, one RBI and three runs scored; Cooper Vaughan and Gunner Bradshaw had one RBI and one run scored; while both Peyton McDaris and Toby Cottengim each scored a run.

Sinning only lasted one-third of an inning on the mound as he gave up two earned runs and two hits with three walks. He also allowed one home run. Cottengim tossed four and two-thirds innings allowing four earned runs and eights hits with three strikeouts. Norwood’s defense committed five errors in the loss.

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