JOPLIN — The Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College Golden Norsemen rallied from an early 4-3 deficit to earn an 8-5 victory in nine innings over No. 11 ranked Crowder College in the Battle on the Border at Joplin’s Joe Becker Stadium Tuesday, April 17.
NEO traveled to Warner on Thursday, April 19, for a nine-inning Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference game with No. 18 rated Connors State College (15-6 and 38-7).
The Norse are 12-9 in the conference and 22-17 overall.
A walk by Troy Gagan from Crowder starting pitcher Colten Webber started the game. After Colton Marion popped out to left, Bryson Lierle singled sending Gagan to third.
Lierle stole second before Matthew Patton walked to fill the bases.
Carter Nelson reached on a fielder’s choice as Gagan scored. Tyler Silva singled scoring Lierle for a 2-0 Norse lead.
Crowder responded with consecutive singles by Freilin Cabrera and Tyler Duncan to begin the bottom of the first inning.
After NEO starter Caleb Rogge hit Drew Reilly with a pitch to load the bases, Brandon Williams walked to score Cabrera. Samuel Chaput reached on a fielder’s choice as Duncan was thrown out at the plate.
A sacrifice fly to center by Colten Nix scored Reilly as the Roughriders created a 3-2 lead through one inning.
Golden Norse shortstop Erasmo Mavarez hit a 3-2 pitch from Webber over the left-field fence for his third homer of the season to produce a 3-3 tie.
With two outs in the bottom of the second inning, Cabrera singled for Crowder. Cabrera stole second before advancing to third on a wild pitch. A sacrifice fly to center by Duncan scored Cabrera with the go-ahead run for the Roughriders.
NEO regained the lead for good in the top of the third inning after Silva walked to start the rally. With two outs, Mavarez drilled a 2-2 pitch out of the park to give the Golden Norsemen a 5-4 margin.
The Norse padded their lead in the top of the seventh following a single by Lierle. Patton hit a 1-1 pitch out for his seventh home run on the year as NEO constructed a 7-4 advantage.
Jarrd Demmel replaced Rogge on the mound in the bottom of the seventh and allowed a two-out solo homer by Williams (6) for a 7-5 Crowder deficit.
Mavarez was hit by a pitch to start the top of the eighth inning.
After Gagan walked, both Marion and Lierle struck out. Patton singled, scoring Mavarez to create an 8-5 Norse lead.
Patton led the 10-hit Norseman assault with a homer and two singles.
Mavarez contributed two homers while Lierle added two singles. Pinch hitter Dylan Taylor, Carter Nelson and James Avery added a single each.
Cabrera led the Roughriders with two singles from the leadoff spot.
Rogge (4-2) allowed four runs on six hits in five innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Demmel earned his first save by allowing one run on one hit in four innings of relief. He struck out three and walked two.