North baseball takes down Belvidere in extra-inning thriller

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Ben Clanin, Co-Sports Editor

The Belvidere North baseball team took on their cross town rivals last Friday in one of the most exciting games that they have played this season.  The Blue Thunder defeated the Bucs by a score of 6-5 in nine innings.  The back and forth thriller was amplified by the fact that it was the two biggest rivals in the NIC-10 taking each other on.  

     Evan Waddell (‘18) got the start against the Bucs and went four innings while allowing four runs.  The bats were working well for Belvidere and North’s defense looked shaky in the first few frames.  Multiple errors were committed by the Blue Thunder which was the cause for the majority of the Buc’s runs were unearned and that allowed Belvidere to stay in the game through the first seven innings.  

     But after the seventh inning passed the game was still going, with both teams tied at five runs a piece. The game then continued to drag on all the way into the ninth inning, where North began to come alive in the bottom of the frame. The Bucs allowed the bases loaded with only one out, which brought up senior Kyle Perkins to the plate. Perkins was able to find a hole in between shortstop and third base which brought home the winning run, and North took down their cross town rivals in the most thrilling game of the season.  

     With the rivalry between North and Belvidere at an all time high, the stakes for this game were also at an all time high. So to reward the baseball team for their defeat of the Bucs, athletic director, Mr. Flynn, said that he would pay for the team to have a pizza party for their win.