Norse nine wins two of three

            Whitehall’s Luke Beighley looked to tag an Alma/Pepin runner on a pickoff attempt during their game on Friday.            (Times photograph by Andrew Dannehy)

The Whitehall baseball team won two of three games last week to stay in contention in Dairyland Conference play. 

The Norse began the week with an 8-1 win over Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran, which had been the top team in the DC standings. The Norse would have a share of the top spot if it didn’t split a doubleheader against Alma/Pepin on Friday. The Norse won the first game, but dropped the second.

Entering this game with a 7-3 overall mark and 7-2 in Dairyland Conference play, the Norse are a game behind Eleva-Strum in the DC standings. They were set to play at E-S on Tuesday of this week with home games against ECIL on Thursday and against Augusta on Friday. 

This coming Monday, the Norse are scheduled to host Independence/Gilmanton with a game against E-S next Tuesday followed by home games against Blair-Taylor and Alma Center Lincoln next Thursday and Friday. 

Whitehall 8 ECIL 1

Whitehall’s pitching was in control and their offense broke the game open in the fourth.

The Norse took the lead in the top of the first when Eric Kleinhans singled home Devon McCune. They added to it in the third on a sacrifice fly by Aidan Sonsalla.

Five runs in the fourth gave the Norse complete control as Sonsalla hit a two-run single and Brayden Lisowski had an RBI single. One more run scored on a passed ball and another on a wild pitch as the Norse went ahead 7-0. 

The Lancers got on the board in the bottom of the fourth with a walk and a double, but that’s all they’d get. Whitehall got that run back in the seventh when Isaac Skoyen singled home Brock Sluga.

Whitehall had nine hits in the game as Kleinhans and Skoyen both had two. 

Lisowski got the win, pitching the first five innings with three hits, two walks and four strikeouts. McCune finished the game, striking out four with one walk and two hits in two innings. 

Whitehall 6 A/P 4

The Eagles scored three in the first, but the Norse answered and came back for the win.

A/P’s 3-0 lead held until the third inning when the Norse matched them with three runs as Sluga had an RBI single and Kleinhans brought home two with a hit of his own.

The Eagles retook the lead with a run off of a dropped third strike in the fourth, but the Norse put up three in the bottom half of the inning to go ahead.

A fielder’s choice and two hit batters put runners on before Kleinhans hit into an error and Bryce Schorbahn singled to put the Norse ahead by the final score.

McCune got the win, pitching a complete game with three hits, one walk and seven strikeouts. 

Sartor and Schorbahn both had two hits, Kleinhans was credited with four RBIs. 

A/P 5 Whitehall 2

The Eagles jumped ahead early and the Norse couldn’t catch up this time.

A/P scored two runs in the first inning then three in the second. The Norse responded in the fourth when Sluga and Beighley both hit into errors that brought runs home, but that’s all the Norse would manage. 

Skoyen had Whitehall’s only hit in the game.

Seth Lambeck took the loss, allowing seven hits while striking out three in three innings.

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