CRIVITZ, Wis. - In the first appearance on an actual diamond this spring, the Norway Knights opened the 2013 prep baseball season with a 7-0 victory over Crivitz.
"Our seniors were our leaders today," Knights coach Tony Adams said. "Everybody played well despite the fact this was the first time we were on a baseball field this year."
John Grayvold, Jr. pitched the Knights to the win, allowing only one hit over five innings while whiffing seven batters.
Cynthia Grayvold Photo
Norway’s John Grayvold Jr. kicks and fires during Tuesday’s high school baseball game at Crivitz.
The Knights (1-0) did most of their damage in the third, plating six runs to take a 7-0 lead. Grayvold Jr. singled in Riley Johnson. Billy Bourg scored Mike Faull and Jorden Neumann with a single during the frame.
"The third inning was the game with the way we were pitching and playing defense," Adams said. "We were able to put the ball in play and take advantage of some of their mistakes. Billy Bourg had a huge hit with two strikes."
Dan Vivio held the Wolverines scoreless over the final two innings, adding another three strikeouts.
A sacrifice fly by Vivio plated Johnson with the Knights' first run in the first inning.
Freshman Bryce Grayvold added a highlight-reel play at shortstop, as he fielded the ball deep in the hole behind second base and gunned the runner down at first.
"Grayvold and Vivio pitched well and I was happy with the way we communicated and executed on defense," Adams said.
Jake Sawwski took the loss for Crivtiz. He lasted four innings and was charged with all seven runs.
Norway is planning on playing a doubleheader at Stephenson Tuesday.
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