Knights stay hot
By RON DEUTER
NORWAY – Taylor Bonetti hustling down the line after a well-placed bunt helped force a throwing error to first that allowed Norway to plate a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh for a 5-4 win over Crivitz Friday evening at Marion Park.
Norway (10-4) has now won eight of its last nine games.
“Eight out nine in the last eight days,” Knights coach Tony Adams said. “That’s pretty good for us.”
Austin Grayvold led off the Knights seventh with a double down the right field line. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and then was able to score on Bonetti’s bunt when the throw to first was a bit high and the Crivitz first baseman couldn’t hold on.
Norway entered the seventh nursing a one-run lead, but a leadoff walk followed by a double by Jake Sawinski allowed the Wolverines to tie the game 4-4.
Sawinski’s double completed a four-run comeback for the Wolverines. Norway, scoring one in the second and three in the third, had Crivitz shut out through three.
But the Wolverines got to Norway starter John Grayvold, Jr. in the top of the fourth. Grayvold had fanned two to nearly escape a bases loaded jam, but Parker De Los Santos jacked a line-drive to deep left to clear the bases.
Grayvold ended up going the distance for the Knights, striking out seven and allowing seven hits.
“Johnny hadn’t pitched much in the past couple weeks,” Adams said. “He battled. That was good.”
Dan Vivio put the Knights on the board in the second with a single down the left field line. In the third, Bonetti hit a RBI single before Grayvold Jr. and Mike Faull went back-to-back with triples for two more Knights’ runs.
“The hitting was OK today,” Adams said. “We had some fielding mistakes, but all-in-all I am not going to complain about today.”
Billy Bourg added two singles for the Knight. Vivio finished with two hits, and Jake Rehn and Bryce Grayvold joined Austin Grayvold with doubles in the ball game.
Lefty A.J. Garcia took the complete-game loss for Crivitz.
“Crivitz has come a long way,” Adams said. “It was a good test for us. We needed this.”
The Knights host Superior Central on Tuesday.