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July 3, 2022

5/13/2022 12:08:00 PM
Offense wakes up as NB wins four straight on the diamond

North Branch 10, Becker 2
North Branch put up crooked numbers in the first, third and sixth inning en route to a 10-2 win over the Becker Bulldogs on Tuesday, May 3.
Reed Jacobsen, Andrew Orf. Isaiah Scarborough and Nate Skiba all had big offensive games to pace the Vikings, and Orf shut down the Bulldogs from the mound to get NB back on track after losing five of their last six.

Orf was an absolute terror on the Bulldogs, and he only had one hit. The problem for Becker, however, was that he drew three walks and stole three bases, which just put immense pressure on their pitchers and defense. His final line was one-for-two with three walks and four runs.

While Orf was patient and calculating, Jacobsen went up swinging a hot stick. The senior lefty crushed three doubles and had three RBIs for North Branch. Skiba went two-for-four with three runs and Scarborough went one-for-three with a run and three RBIs himself.

From the pitchers bump, Orf started and went six innings, scattering just five hits. He gave up two runs, but only one was earned, and he struck out nine Bulldogs.

Noah Thorsen pitched a quick seventh inning, giving up one hit and striking out one.

North Branch 9, Cambridge-Isanti 8
The Vikings needed every bit of offense they could get when they took on Cambridge-Isanti on Thursday, May 5.

The Bluejackets jumped out to a 7-0 lead and looked to be cruising to a Mississippi 8 Conference victory before the Vikings scored at least one run in every inning from the third frame on and walked it off in the bottom of the ninth for a 9-8 conference win.

Orf, Thorsen, Nathan Franklin and Scarborough were the comeback heroes for the Vikings in this one.

Franklin went three-for-three with one run, Thorsen went one-for-two with two walks, two runs and two RBIs. Scarborough went one-for-four but had two runs and an RBI. And Orf, who has picked up from his stellar freshman year, went three-for-four with two runs and two RBIs.

After shaky pitching performances from Hunter Peterson and Scarborough, Austin Darwin came in and absolutely shut the Jackets down. He pitched three innings and only allowed one hit and one walk. He didn’t strike any batters out, but he kept them at bay to give the offense a chance to come back.

North Branch 9, Duluth Denfeld 3
The good times kept rolling for NB as they crushed Duluth Denfeld 9-3 on Saturday, May 7 at Wade Stadium in Duluth.

The usual suspects of Orf, Thorsen and Scarborough did most of the damage on offense, but they were joined by Tanner Helin in this one, and Orf got his second win in as many starts to give NB their third win in a row.

Thorsen was two-for-three with two walks and three runs and Orf went one-for-five with three RBIs. The pair are only sophomores and will be an absolute force for the next two and a half years in NB.

Skiba and Scarborough each collected two hits. Skiba had one RBI for his efforts and Scarborough two. Helin wen one-for-two with a walk and two runs.

Orf went five and two-thirds innings, allowing eight hits and just one earned run. He struck out seven Hunters. Thorsen finished out the game by pitching a perfect inning and a third.

North Branch 8, Cloquet 5
The Vikings jumped out to an early lead again playing their second game of the day on Saturday, May 7, and it held up despite a late Lumberjack charge.

North Branch belted out 14 hits, including three doubles from Orf, and a pair of hits each from Cole Olson, Jacobsen, Scarborough, Franklin and Thorsen. Olson and Franklin each had two RBIs, with other run-producing plays coming from Helin, Scarborough, Orf and Thorsen.

Thorsen got the start against Cloquet and was cruising through the first six innings, allowing only two runs to go with five strikeouts, but he ran into issues i the seventh and gave up three runs, forcing Head Coach Steve Christensen to go to the bullpen. Loghan Croal came in and shut down the Lumberjack rally. He did give up two hits, but got the three outs and the Vikings out of the late bind.

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