OSSIAN – After Carroll’s Drue Tranquill crushed a two-run home run in the first inning, the Chargers had to work a little harder and a little longer for their offense, eventually outlasting host and Class 3A No. 2 Norwell 5-3 in 11 innings for a big NHC win Friday.
Carroll (8-3, 2-0 NHC) scored twice in the top of the 11th on the back end of a double steal and a wild pitch.
We spent a lot of time on (doing the little things) the last three weeks being in the gym, and it helped tonight, Carroll coach Dave Ginder said. You do what you have to do to score some runs. We scraped a few things, and we took advantage of some things. We battled and did those little things pretty well and gave us an opportunity to win.
Tranquill’s blast to left field gave the Chargers a 2-0 lead, but the Knights (12-2, 1-1) tied the score at two in the second on an RBI single by Reece Dafforn and an error.
Carroll took a 3-2 lead in the fourth when Ross Koble walked, stole second and moved to third on an error. He scored on a fielder’s choice. Norwell’s Josh VanMeter tied the score again on a solo homer in the fifth.
In the top of the 11th, Matt Meihls singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt, then Keegan Nichols reached on an error to put runners at first and third. Meihls scored the game-winner after the Knights tried to get Nichols at second, then threw to the plate, but Meihls scored ahead of the low throw. Nichols eventually scored on a wild pitch from VanMeter, the losing pitcher.
It wasn’t really a play, Meihls said. I saw the first baseman turn his back, and I just took off. We came here today knowing we would have a battle. We didn’t get down, and we kept fighting every inning.
Blake Converset got the win for Carroll with four innings of scoreless relief of starter Mason Neuman. Jonah Patten went six for Norwell, while VanMeter pitched five. Patten struck out 11 batters, while VanMeter fanned five.
Grant Inman was 3 for 5 with two doubles for the Chargers.