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04/27/2018 - BASEBALL: Wild Pitch Allows Waverly Runner To Score In Win Over Norris

By Jeff Motz

WAVERLY---It came down to a wild pitch that ultimately determined the winner Friday afternoon at Waverly's Lawson Park. 

The pitch from Norris' Colson Hestermann got away from catcher Sayre Burnley, allowing Waverly's Thatcher Kozal to score from third and give the Class B eighth-ranked Vikings a 6-5 victory over the No. 6 Titans.

The play at the plate was close.  As soon as Burnley found the ball, made a diving effort to put the tag on Kozal, who slid under the tag.  

What's interesting to note is the game wasn't close to start out.

Waverly (14-5) jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead, sparked by Nolan Brown's two-run single.  Norris countered in the 2nd, when Cade Kohout tripled then scored on a sac fly to right from Joe Osborn to get the Titans on the board.

The Vikings added two more runs in the bottom of the second when Thatcher Kozal reached on a fielder's choice, then after Jay Adams reached on an error, Treyton Kozal picked up an RBI single.  Brown added his third RBI of the game when he singled and scored Adams for a 5-1 lead.

Waverly, though, remained scoreless from the third through sixth innings.  Norris (13-6) capitalized during that time, Burnley scored on a wild pitch from third base in the third inning and in the fifth, Burnley, Osborn and Zach Argo each drove in runs to tie the game at five.

Adams came in relief for Waverly to earn the win, after Treyton Kozal went 4 2/3 for the Vikings and struck out four batters.

Hestermann, who came in relief for Tyler Ruhl, took the loss for Norris.
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