LAKE WORTH, FL – The Norse (2-5) dropped a pair of games to ASA College (Miami) (13-11). After a morning rain delayed the start by over an hour, Bay lost what was a close game throughout by a final of 8-1, before the Silver Storm dominated the night cap with a 16-0 victory.
ASA took the lead in the bottom of the first inning to start the day. With two outs they got an RBI single from Eduardo Castillo (SO, Santo Domingo, DR) to take the lead. The Silver Storm got their second run on an odd play, as Bay's starting pitcher Kyler Moir (SO, Hillman, MI) was initiating a rundown with the runner on first. As he reached the infield dirt, he slipped in the wet dirt and was not able to recover in time to get the runner stealing home from third. ASA led 2-0 after the first.
After that point Moir settled in nicely and kept the Silver Storm offense off balance. In the first five innings he allowed just three hits and four walks, while striking out five. The Bay offense was unable to take advantage of Moir's work however, as they stranded 11 runners throughout the contest. The Norse had baserunners in every inning, but could only muster one run. Nicolas Goebert (FR, Werl, Germany) led off the top of the sixth with a double and later scored on an error, making the score 2-1 in favor of ASA,
The bottom of the sixth changed the complexion of the game dramatically. After a leadoff walk, two errors loaded the bases, opening the flood gates. Six runs came across in the inning, breaking the game open. The Norse left a runner stranded in the seventh, ending the game with an 8-1 score.
Moir took the hard luck loss after a stellar performance. Only two of the eight runs he was credited with were earned. Shaw Bowser (FR, Toronto, ON) worked two thirds of an inning in relief.
ASA sent three pitchers to the mound in game one. Javier Manganelly (FR, Hialeah, FL) picked up the win. He started and threw four innings of scoreless baseball.
In the second game the Silver Storm took advantage of some young Norse pitchers getting their first action on the mound this season. Crow got the start and was not sharp in his pitching debut. He gave up six hits, five walks, and seven runs in two innings of work, before handing the ball off in the third. That is when it all feel apart. ASA saw three different pitchers in the third, and greeted them all rudely, as the Silver Storm put the game away with an 11-run frame. Sam Schneider (FR, Cheboygan, MI) finally settled in and got the Norse through two innings. Jackson Bower (FR, Bark River, MI) worked two scoreless innings, while Matt Richer (FR, Bark River, MI) finished with a scoreless seventh.
Meanwhile the Norse bats went silent. They would get just three hits in the contest, and only really threaten to score in the seventh.
The Norse will look to snap a four-game skid Wednesday morning as they take on the College of Lake County at 10 am in Vero Beach. They then face Nyack College at 1 pm.