Norwood Legion wraps up tourney with loss to Pine Island

Legion Mound CMYKAfter going 3-1 in the second weekend of the Third District Division II tournament, the Norwood Legion baseball team just narrowly missed a trip to the state tournament by finishing second overall.

Norwood kicked off the weekend by defeating Kenyon Saturday morning in a ten-inning 9-6 victory. Isaac Hormann threw the first eight innings before Tim Swanson came in to finish up the game and earn the win.
Hormann was 3-6 at the plate, along with teammate Kyle Brazil.

Saturday afternoon, Norwood met Pine Island in what would be the first of two games that weekend. Winning in eight innings by a 9-6 score,  Swanson again picked up the ‘W’ from the mound after relieving starting pitcher Jordan Kohls.
Kohls had a walkoff double in the eighth inning to win the game. Hormann was 3-4 at the plate, while Casey Clemenson was 2-4.

Andrew Cardinal fields the ball for the Norwood Legion team during its Saturday, July 27 game against Kenyon.
Andrew Cardinal fields the ball for the Norwood Legion team during its Saturday, July 27 game against Kenyon.

Head coach Craig Pexa said  his top four hitters (Brazil, Kohls, Hormann, and Clemenson) were his “workhorses” of the weekend.

“My top four hitters are awfully tough,” he said.

On Sunday, Norwood met Sibley East in a battle for a spot in the championship game. Norwood won 11-5, spurred by solid hitting games from Hormann (3-4), Kohls (2-4), Brazil (2-5), and catcher Hunter Rickaby (2-4). Rickaby logged a two-run double during the game.

Taylor Trick went the distance for Norwood, throwing the entire game to pick up the win.
Sibley East would go on to finish third in the tournament.

With a spot in the championship secured, Norwood was set to face Pine Island once again for a chance at state.

But it wasn’t in the cards for Norwood, as the team fell 4-2 after two errors in the first inning led to three Pine Island runs.

Norwood left 13 runners stranded on the bags in the second Pine Island game and also lined into three double plays.

“It was a great game, hats off to Pine Island,” Pexa said. “If we played them 10 times, we’d probably go 5-5 between us … the kids played exceptionally well.”

Against Pine Island, Hormann was 2-3 and Brazil was 2-4. Pitcher Alex Meeker took the loss.

Pexa said overall, the tournament went very well, and he couldn’t be more proud of his players.

Brazil and Trick will be the only two (of 15) players not returning to the team next season, which sets a high bar for the 2014 Legion team.

“It’s hard to say goodbye to the seniors because they were such a big part of this group, but I have a great group of kids coming back next year,” Pexa said. “Both [Brazil and Trick] will be missed, but you play the next season and you hope you can do well.”

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