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Obringer pitches strong in Norwalk win over Bellevue

There has never been a better stretch in overall athletic success at Norwalk High School than the past three-plus school years. Staff
May 3, 2013

But one constant at NHS for nearly two decades has been the consistency of the baseball program, which made a little history of its own in a 5-2 Northern Ohio League win over Bellevue Thursday.

With the win, the Truckers (20-2) won their 16th straight game, a program record, while clinching at least a share of a third straight NOL title.

It is the first time in program history the Truckers have won three consecutive league titles and it is also the first time they’ve registered three straight 20-win seasons (eight overall).

“This senior class is 80-21 in the last 101 games. It starts with this class,” Norwalk coach Wes Douglas said. “They’ve also had outstanding summer coaches before they get to me. It’s been an outstanding run with this group.

“Hopefully we’ve got better things on the horizon,’’ the coach added. “We want to win it outright (vs. Willard Tuesday), then go after a sectional title and go from there.”

Colin Obringer (4-1) pitched 6 2/3 innings for Norwalk, allowing two runs (one earned) on six hits with three strikeouts and three walks.

Michael Finch struck out a batter and recorded the final two outs.

“Outstanding performance by Obringer,” Douglas said. “(Coach) Jeff (Todd) I thought pitched them backwards and had them really guessing. Colin threw his curve for strikes all night.”

Isaac Perry was 2-of-3, while Tyson Putnam added two hits with two walks and two runs scored.

Joseph Hinckley, Collin Souter and Bailey Rarick each singled and drove in a run, while Alex Keefer was 1-of-2 with a pair of walks and an RBI.

Finch and Ethan Rhodes each added a single.

“We had real quality at bats against (Alex) Manner,” Douglas said. “Three of our runs were two-out singles with guys on second.”

Norwalk visits Elyria in a non-league game Monday and can clinch the league title outright Tuesday against Willard.

Shelby (10-8, 6-2) hasn’t been mathematically eliminated yet in the NOL title picture.

Read more baeball in Friday's Norwalk Reflector and Sandusky Register.


Estrella Damm

Pretty good run by the baseball team. Is it the boys tennis team that has won 24 of the last 30 years and a couple of seven year straight runs?