Warren County tops Northern in five innings

Mar. 11, 2014 @ 10:23 PM

Kelly Norwood threw a two-hit shutout, Kassie Clary was 3-for-3 with a home run and Warren County cruised to a 12-0 win at Northern Vance Tuesday in five innings.

The Eagles (2-0) extended their lead to 10-0 in the third inning with a six-run frame, highlighted by a Denaisha Wortham double.

Both of Warren County’s wins came over Northern. The Eagles host Northern Nash today.

“I think we’re OK,” said Warren County head coach Shannon Jones. “We’re going to play a very challenging team tomorrow so we’ll see how we react.”

Norwood didn’t quite react in time to a line drive off the bat of Kayleigh Spencer in the third inning. But the Eagle sophomore recovered after taking the ball to the chest and threw Spencer out at first.

It was that kind of day for the Vikings (0-3).

“We were hitting the ball, but we were getting out,” said Northern coach Keyachtta Hawkins. “And we weren’t hitting the ball out of the infield.”

Warren County has three pitching options in Norwood, Clary and Brittany Pitzing. Jones liked what she saw out of her left-hander on Tuesday.

“I think she did great,” Jones said of Norwood. “I think she did a wonderful job.”

Megan Andrews started on the mound for Northern before being relieved by Charlise Hawkins in the fifth.

Hawkins recorded one of the Vikings’ two hits and Katie McCallister had the other.

Warren County finished with six hits and was aided by walks, hit batsmen and errors from the inexperienced Vikes, who are still a work in progress.

“I do think they’re going to progress as the season goes on,” said Keyachtta Hawkins. “But right now, we’re taking baby steps.” 

Keara Avent and Deja Merrit also had hits for the Eagles.

Northern returns to action next week when it opens 3-A Big Eight Conference play at home Tuesday against reigning 3-A Carolina Conference champion Orange.

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