by ADAM GRUENEWALD
Kyle Brazil capped off Norwood Legion’s first game in the Third District Division II baseball tournament in a big way, with a walk-off double that scored Isaac Hormann for a 4-3 win over Belle Plaine in Cologne.
“I just wanted to get the bat on the ball,” said Brazil of his clutch hit in the seventh inning.
Norwood then lost their next game on Sunday to Jordan, 5-4, in Norwood.
As the home team against Belle Plaine, Norwood jumped on the board first, plating two runs in the third inning on some sound baserunning by Casey Clemensen.
After reaching on a leadoff walk, Clemensen took second on a wild pitch and then, while Belle Plaine was meeting at the mound, Clemensen strode into third as Belle Plaine never called time and the third baseman was way off the bag. Hormann then earned a walk and Brazil followed with a single, scoring Clemensen. Jordan Kohls then walked to load the bases and Taylor Trick was hit by a pitch, which scored Hormann.
Belle Plaine responded with three runs in the top of the fourth inning off Kohls, recording four singles and one walk, while another reached on an error. The bases were loaded with one out and three runs already in, but Kohls got the last two outs on flyouts to the outfield.
Kohls worked out of another big jam in the fifth inning, giving up a leadoff triple and a walk but getting a groundout, a strikeout and an infield flyout to end the threat.
“He’s a great hitter and pitcher for us,” said Brazil of Kohls. “He works hard, is steady and keeps his head in the whole game.”
Kohls came up big in the bottom of the fifth inning to even the game at 3-3, as his one-out single scored Hormann, who had reached on a leadoff double.
The game remained scoreless until the seventh, when Clemensen led off with a single and Hormann bunted into a fielder’s choice that set the stage for Brazil’s heroics.
Kohls went the distance, giving up 12 hits, two walks and striking out three.
Offensively, Brazil went 2-for-3, while Hormann, Clemensen, Kohls, Andrew Cardinal and Alex Meeker all had hits as well.
Norwood will next play the winner of Kenyon and Cannon Falls on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in Norwood for a chance to continue playing.
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