Prep baseball: Warriors pitcher Norris finds groove against Generals
WINFIELD, W.Va. -- When Riverside pitcher Cameron Norris winds, kicks and deals it doesn't matter which pitch he throws.
In other words, there isn't much difference in his wind, his kick or his deal.
The 6-foot-1 right-hander put together his best outing of the young season on Tuesday night with a 12-strikeout, one-walk performance in the Warriors' 6-3 victory over Winfield on a chilly night in Putnam County.
The smooth-delivering junior gave up eight hits and three earned runs after surrendering seven runs in 7 1/3 innings combined against St. Albans and East Chester, N.Y.
"He threw tonight like I expected him to throw every game," said Riverside Coach Chris Hawkins, who is in his third season with the Warriors. "He had really good command of his fastball, curveball and his changeup and was comfortable throwing them anywhere in the count.
"The thing about Cam is he doesn't care. He doesn't care what the score is, he does not care what the count is, he does not care who the batter is."
Winfield (4-5) was certainly impressed, after striking out four consecutive times from the end of the fifth inning to the end of the sixth.
"He used his fastball to set up his breaking ball and what he did is he got stronger as the game went on," Winfield Coach Will Isaacs said. "I think he had more life on the ball in the sixth inning than he had in any other inning on the night. He controlled the inside part of the plate, used his breaking ball ... he took it to us."
The Generals mustered two runs in the third on Norris' only walk of the game and seventh of the season in 14 1/3 innings. However, his sixth strikeout and the third of five to end an inning halted the rally.
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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