RAYMOND, Miss. — After completing a 9-hour bus ride to Hinds Mississippi Community College, ninth ranked Northeastern A&M Golden Norsemen play four games in two days.
Coach Roger Ward’s Norsemen make the 533-mile trek with a 9-0 record. The Norse defeated Northern Oklahoma College-Enid 10-6 in nine innings Thursday at Homa Thomas Field.
"Because of the rain we had here, we had to move the Northern game to Thursday and that was when we were supposed to go to Hinds," Ward said. "They were very good about switching things around and guaranteeing us four games."
The Golden Norse face the Division II Hinds Eagles in a 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. double-header Sunday before playing Hinds at noon and Henry Ford Community College of Dearborn, Mich. at 3:30 p.m.
All four games will be seven-inning contests.
Last season the Eagles finished 28-13 overall while the Hawks with 9-30 on the year.
Against the NOC-Enid Jets, the Golden Norse built a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Samuel Domingue singled to start the inning. After a sacrifice bunt by Pete Hoyt, Domingue scored on a single to left by Kevin Meyers.
The Jets grabbed a 2-1 lead in the top of the second after Brandon Ruiz was hit by a pitch. Tanner Cruts followed with a home run to right-center.
Consecutive singles by Nick Shiplett, Hoyt, Mark Podlas and Meyers produced a three-run third inning as NEO built a 4-2 lead.
Designated hitter Samuel Groleau gave the Norse a 5-2 margin with a leadoff homer in the bottom of the fourth inning.
A single by Chris Faulkner and a RBI double by Dusty Harper trimmed the deficit for the Jets to 5-3 in the top of the fifth inning.
After walks to Groleau, Josh Schnable and Shiplett loaded the bases for the Golden Norse in the sixth inning, Domingue and Podlas contributed RBI singles for a 7-3 NEO cushion.
Solo home runs by Faulkner and Harper rallied NOC-Enid to a 7-5 deficit in the top of the seventh inning.
The Golden Norsemen scored three runs in the bottom of the eight inning. A walk to Domingue and Hoyt was hit by a pitch to start the outburst. Meyers delivered a two-run single to right-center. Cody Riley reached on an error at second as Meyers came around to score the final run.
With one out in the ninth, Blake Calloway hit the fourth home run of the game for the Jets to conclude the scoring.
Meyers led the 11-hit Norse offense with three singles and Groleau contributed a homer and single while Domingue and Podlas added two singles.
Faulkner paced the Jets 10-hit attack with a single, double and home run.
Freshman Keaton Hernandez is 3-0 on the year while allowing three runs on six hits in six innings of work. He struck out seven and walked six before Curt Copeland picked up his fourth save with two innings of relief of Kyle Woodard.