All this is done between Norris and battery-mate Trevor Rumberg, who call their own pitches with no help from the dugout.
"His slider is mean, it comes at your waist and breaks down at your feet," Rumberg said. "It's hard to pick up, even for me sometimes. I call his pitches. I have confidence in him. We're usually on the same page."
Winfield was also without one of its leading hitters and its top pitcher, senior Mason Dillon. Coach Will Isaacs would only say he "wasn't available for the game."
Riverside was unsympathetic, taking advantage of the ineffectiveness of Winfield starter Zach Strong to threaten in each of the first four innings and scoring all six of its runs until he was relieved in the fifth.
Rumberg, batting leadoff for the first time this season, made the Winfield pitchers work the hardest. He singled, struck out, walked three times and saw 31 pitches in five at-bats.
The Warriors left the bases loaded without a hit in the first inning and scored three runs with one hit in the second. Through the first four innings Riverside took advantage of two errors, three passed balls, three wild pitches and two hit batsmen.
Both teams finished with eight hits. Derik Chestnut and Drew Mack had two apiece for Riverside with Chestnut knocking in a run in each of the second and fourth inning. Bryan Bosley had a one-out, two-run single in the third inning, but a fly out to left field and a strikeout ended the threat.
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