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Watkins sweeps Norway in wild twinbill

NORWAY - The Norway Bandits belted five home runs and collected 18 hits in the first game of their doubleheader against Watkins in the  Iowa Valley League on Sunday.

Despite all that heavy hitting, the Bandits lost the ballgame 19-13 on their home field.

Watkins finished the sweep by taking the nightcap, 5-3, in nine innings on a two-run homer by Luke Farley in the top of the ninth.

Norway hurt itself in the opener by committing at least five errors in the sixth inning, helping Watkins score seven times. Farley socked a grand slam in the midst of all those fielding miscues by the Bandits.

Riley Braughton hit two home runs and had four hits for Norway in the opener. Braedon Brown, Jordan Pierce and Christian Stekl also hit homers for the Bandits in Game 1.

Skylar Frese picked up the victory for Watkins in relief.

The Mudhens and Bandits were tied, 3-3, heading into the ninth inning  of the nightcap when Farley smashed his two-run homer for Watkins.  Johnny Frese also hit a homer for Watkins. Evan Boddicker pitched eight strong innings for the win.


WILLIAMSBURG - The Williamsburg Red Sox stayed in first place in the IVL by splitting a twinbill with Walford.

The Red Sox won the first game, 6-0, behind a combined two-hitter by Tanner Jensen and Colin Sexton. Jensen struck out eight batters in six innings, and Sexton fanned two batters in one inning of relief.

Nick Suppel had two hits and two RBIs for Williamsburg. Cam Frazier had a double and scored three runs.

Walford rebounded for a 10-6 victory in the nightcap. Andrew Walker belted a three-run home and Jake Stenberg had two hits, including a double. Chase Rath was the winning pitcher.

Colson Frakes collected four hits with a pair of doubles and three RBIs for Williamsburg in the nightcap. Hogan Penney had three hits for the Red Sox.


Watkins 19-5, Norway 13-3 (G2, 9)
Williamsburg 6-6, Walford 0-10
Red Top 13-2, Stars 6-7


Williamsburg     3-1
Norway           2-2
Walford          2-2
Stars            2-2
Watkins          2-2
Red Top          1-3

PLAYER OF THE WEEK - Luke Farley, Watkins
PITCHER OF THE WEEK - Tanner Jensen, Williamsburg


Williamsburg at Stars, at Mount Mercy, 1
Watkins at Red Top, at Watkins, 3
Walford at Norway, 5


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