NORWAY - Norway, with a doubleheader sweep of Gibraltar Saturday, suddenly finds itself riding a season-best four-game win streak.
The Knights (6-4) defeated the visiting Vikings 4-1 and 7-6.
"We played really well in Game 1," Norway head coach Tony Adams said. "(John) Edwardsen was tough on the mound. We had lots of opportunities offensively, and our defense was sound with several great plays in the outfield by Bryce Plante and Garrett Bonetti."
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Norway third baseman Dane VanDenHeuvel waits for a throw from Norway catcher Jake Rehn as Gibraltar’s Connor Brennan retreats to the bag during the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader at Marion Park.
Edwardsen guided the Knights to the win by limiting the Vikings to just three hits over six innings. He fanned five, and also went 2-for-3 at the plate.
Mike Faull led the Knights offensively with a 3-for-4 effort including two RBIs.
Norway grabbed a 1-0- lead in the first when Austin Grayvold walked and scored on a single by Mike Faull. In the fourth, Norway upped its lead to 4-0. Dane VanDenHeuvel led off the inning with a single, and Bryce Plante walked. Grayvold hit a sacrifice fly to bring home VanDenHeuvel. Edwardsen singled to move up Plante. Faull singled in Plante, and Jake Rehn singled in Edwardsen.
A fifth-inning homer by Nik Kita supplied Gibraltar's lone run.
Faull took the hill in the seventh and retired the Vikings 1-2-3.
Austin Bauldry took the loss for the Vikings.
A six-run second inning helped lift the Knights in the second game. Norway sent 12 batters to the plate in the big inning. Three straight walks loaded the bases. Kevin Evosevich reached on an error scoring Cody Carlson. Caleb Tinkey walked scoring Jorden Neumann. Grayvold hit a single to score Nick Pearman, and Edwardsen singled in Evosevich. A walk to VanDenHeuvel scored Tinkey, and Cody Carlson was hit by a pitch to score Grayvold.
Gibraltar chipped away at Norway's lead, pulling to within a run in the sixth. But Norway got one more in the bottom of the frame thanks to a RBI single from Edwardsen.
Grayvold was 2-for-4 with a RBI, and Edwardsen was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.
Alex Carlson got the win, scattering seven hits while striking out four over five innings. Grayvold worked the final inning.
"Game 2 was a battle," Adams said. "Things were a little sloppy at times, but the kids found a way to win against a tough Gibraltar team."
Norway plays a doubleheader at Superior Central on Tuesday, travels to Marquette on Wednesday for a doubleheader and is home on Thursday against Crivitz.
"We have won four in a row and have shown improvement, so the needle is pointing upward," Adams said.
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