Norris throws gem to shut down Lutheran

Young CG-Belgium team is coming together at the right time; Ozaukee beats Kohler in scoring fest
By 
MITCH MAERSCH
Ozaukee Press staff

Cedar Grove-Belgium High School junior Jacob Norris said Monday was the best he felt in a while on the mound.

As a result, Manitowoc Lutheran hitters looked rather ill.

Norris only needed about 90 pitches to go the distance in a 3-1 Big East Conference victory in Cedar Grove.

“Just doing what I’m supposed to do. I felt really good,” he said.

Norris had his curveball working. It often fell off the table leaving hitters coming up empty.

“I love that when you see them turn their back and it drops in for a strike. That’s the best feeling,” Norris said.

Catcher Justin Anzia said he knows where to put his glove.

“I know exactly what the ball’s going to do,” he said.

Coach Tom Race was pleased with his ace.å“Norris pitched really well. He’s one of the better pitchers in the league,” he said.

Down, 1-0, in the third inning, the Rockets tied the game on a Parker Knight RBI single to right center on a 3-2 count.

He plated Colton Sellin, who beat out an infield single, stole second and advanced to third on Tanner Kettenhoven’s fly ball to center.

The Rockets plated two more in the fifth inning. Sellin and Kettenhoven walked and Knight singled on a groundball to left field to load the bases.

Two batters later, junior Deven Soerens hit a seeing-eye grounder in the hole to plate one run. Carter Risch followed with a sacrifice fly to score another.

In the meantime, Norris had settled in. He allowed a double in the fourth inning, but whiffed two that frame and only allowed one base runner — via a walk — the rest of the way. Six of his final 12 outs were strikeouts.

He told his coach he had no plans to come out after finishing the sixth inning with only 81 pitches. The limit is 100 in high school.

“I wanted the seventh. Pure confidence. I knew they weren’t going to do anything,” Norris said.

In the seventh, Knight made a running catch near his team’s bench after sprinting from first base and having the awareness to call it on the way.

He also went 3-for-3 batting.

“I was seeing the ball good today,” Knight said.

The Rockets moved to 7-3 in the Big East, tied for fourth place with Oostburg.

The timing of the victory was big, Race said, since the playoff seeding meeting was Wednesday. The Rockets play at Ozaukee on Thursday and host Oostburg on Friday, but playoff positioning will be determined by then.

The young squad celebrated senior night as well on Monday.

Wes Otto, Kyle Dehn, Tanner Kettenhoven, Casey Katte and Justin Anzia were honored between an inning.

Otto moved to outfield for the first time this season and has “been fantastic,” Race said.

Katte can pitch and play outfield, he said.

Race said Anzia was a late bloomer at catcher and will play at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville next season.

Kettenhoven has executed critical bunts and is a solid defender at second base.

“If he’s made an error, I don’t remember it,” Race said.

Dehn, he said, stuck with the program all four years and got his first varsity base hit a few games ago.

“It’s a great senior class,” Race said, “Not just baseball. More people stuff.”

The team stayed to autograph photos and baseballs for children after the game.

The Rockets were missing a few players due to prom and lost at Southern Door, 6-3, on Saturday. They won at Reedsville, 5-0, last Thursday, and beat Milwaukee Riverside, 16-2, on May 9.

Against Reedsville, Norris allowed three hits and two walks while whiffing eight in a complete-game shutout.

Sellin, Anzia and Knight each had a hit and an RBI.

Ozaukee wins big twice

Ozaukee beat St. Mary Catholic in Appleton last Thursday, 12-1, behind some power hitting.

Senior Matt Miller and sophomore Sawyer Kowalkowski each smacked their first home runs of their careers.

Miller was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle and Kowalkowski needed a single.

Talan Dybul had two hits and three RBI, and Miller and Tyler D’Angelo each had two RBI.

Miller allowed one earned run and four hits, walking one and whiffing three in five innings on the mound.

“It was a good game. We really got after it right away,” coach Steve Kowalkowski said.

The Warriors scored four runs in the first inning and five in the fourth.

On Monday, Ozaukee beat Kohler on the road, 21-14.

Ozaukee built a 12-0 lead through three and a half innings before the Blue Bombers scored eight runs in the fourth and six in the fifth to cut the lead to one.

“Being that far ahead they were a lot more loose than they needed to be,” Kowalkowski said.

“I reiterated to the guys can’t let teams get close.”

A five-run seventh inning put the game away.

Sawyer Kowalkowski and Joe Grabowski each had three hits. D’Angelo, Taten Platner and Miller each had a triple. Noah Harness, Natalie Miller Grabowski and Kowalkowski each had a double. Natalie Miller, Kowalkowski and D’Angelo each had three RBI.

“Our bats are really coming around. Our kids are seeing the ball really, really well and hitting the gaps,” coach Kowalkowski said.

The Warriors used four pitchers.

Ozaukee, 8-3 overall and 8-2 in the Big East, good for third place, was to play at Hilbert/Stockbridge on Wednesday and host Cedar Grove-Belgium on Thursday.

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