Eight-Run Fourth Leads To 6A-16 Victory For Norland
Pepper Park played host to a 6A-16 match-up between the Mourning Senior Sharks and the visiting Norland Vikings Wednesday afternoon. The Sharks held a 2-1 lead after three innings but in the fourth the Vikings bats awoke to the tune of eight runs en-route to a 10-5 district win.
The Vikings (3-3, 3-2) came into the game having scored 21 runs in their previous game and looked to continue the trend. Trailing by one run heading into fourth, Max Gordon got things going for the Vikings by reaching base on a dropped third strike. Gordon came around to score the first run of the inning two batters later on an error on the infield. Two doubles from seniors Brandon Carter and William Alvarez accounted for three more runs in the inning. A total of eight were scored off the Sharks pitching to give the Vikings a commanding 9-2 lead.
Entering the game, the Sharks (2-6, 2-3) were trying to rebound off a tough district loss to Miami Springs. Senior Brandon Rios started the game for the Sharks and pitched well through the first three innings, allowing just one run. Rios’ night included a five pitch second inning which saw him put the Vikings hitters down in order. Rios wasn’t able to finish the fourth inning and relinquished the mound to Jim Varona.
Brandon Carter put together a solid start for the Vikings. Carter threw 70 pitches over four innings, allowing three hits and three runs, while striking out five batters. Carter’s victory helped his team improve to 3-2 within 6A-16 with a string of district games on the horizon. Ishmail Bellumour came in for the final three innings and helped secure the victory for the team. Bellumour allowed just two runs, one earned, and struck out three batters.