North Muskegon Norsemen: 2. History: 1935-2018 Season Recaps

1935 to 2018      

 

NOTE: Conference games marked with *

 

1935 – coach Lyle McNitt (5-1 overall; no conference)

In its first year as a four-year high school, North Muskegon coach Lyle McNitt fielded the first-ever Norseman baseball team comprised of 13 eager candidates. The first game ever played by the Norse would be one for the ages. The Norse scored 19 runs vs. Montague – yet lost 23 -19. The combined 42 runs scored between the two teams has only been equaled, but never broken, in school history. The Norse did regroup to win their next five games in an abbreviated six-game schedule. The winning pitcher in at least four of those wins was ace Norse hurler, freshman Walt Bergren. In addition to Bergren, the 13 original Norsemen included Albert Schmidt (second base), Bob Raddatz (first base), Fred Schmid (catcher), Lewis Frost (third base), Charles Buys (right field), Clarence Rogers (shortstop), John Eckman (pitcher), Herbert Munson (pitcher), Marvin Andree (center field), Orlo Huntoon (catcher), Bud Wiley (third base), and Joe Witham (center field), who was the long-time proprietor of the Canary Inn. The school’s first baseball win came against New Era, 14-8. NOTE: Local papers mention a 1934 game between Montague and NM, but no report could be found. However, a junior high game between Bunker and NM was reported with Bunker winning 9-1.


Record Score Interesting Fact     

0-1 Montague 23, NM 19         School’s 1st game
1-1 NM 14, New Era 8            School’s 1st win; Walt Bergren & Fred Schmid the winning battery
2-1          NM 13, Montague 4         Bergren 5-hitter
3-1          NM 11, Holton 7               Bergren 6-hitter
4-1          NM 16, Whitehall 6          Bergren wins; Whitehall commits 10 errors
5-1          NM 5, Holton 3 

 

1936 – No team (reason unknown)  

 

1937 – coach Lyle McNitt (6-4 overall; 3-1 in WMC; co-Champs w/ Hart)

The highlight of the season had to be the first victory of this campaign. The 8-0 victory over the Muskegon Big Reds was not only the first win of the season but was the first baseball game ever played by tradition-rich Muskegon High School. Breaking out their new blue and gold uniforms, Walt Bergren tossed a two-hitter and received some lusty hitting support from first baseman Bob Raddatz. The future career Naval Officer knocked in four runs with a pair of doubles to spearhead the Norse offense. Bergren would be the winning pitcher in five of the six Norse victories, including a one-hit shutout of Whitehall in the season ending 19-0 rout. In an earlier 18-3 romp over the Vikings, Oliver Eyestone rapped out a pair of triples as well as two doubles. Only a tight 2-0 loss to eventual co-WMC champion Hart prevented the Norse from posting a perfect season in conference action. 


Record Score                        Interesting Fact     

0-1           Montague 2, NM 1             Walt Bergren 14 K’s; Bob Raddatz 2 hits

0-2           Grand Haven 15, NM 1       NM commits 7 errors; GH would finish with undefeated season
1-2          NM 8, Muskegon 0           Bergren 2-hitter; Raddatz 4 RBI, 2 doubles; MHS 1st game ever

1-3          *Hart 2, NM 0                    Bergren 3-hitter; Bergren 2 hits

2-3          *NM 8, Scottville 7            Harvey Speed wins
3-3          NM 7, Holton 5                 
Speed 2 doubles
4-3          NM 18, Whitehall 3          
Oliver Eyestone 2 triples, 2 doubles; NM 10 runs in 1st inning
5-3          *NM 2, Montague 1
5-4           Holton 5, NM 2
6-4          *NM 19, Whitehall 0
         Bergren 1-hitter to finish season with five wins
 

1938 – coach Lyle McNitt (10-2 overall; 4-0 in WMC; WMC Champs)

In just their third year of active competition, the Norse picked up their first Western Michigan Conference championship by posting a perfect 4-0 WMC record. After dropping consecutive games to Grand Haven and Muskegon Junior College, coach Lyle McNitt’s Norsemen would finish the season with nine straight wins to post a 10-2 record. The nine straight victories would stand nearly 70 years as the longest winning streak in Norse history, not broken until Warren Kent III’s 2007 squad put together a string of 15 consecutive wins. (The 2008 squad would raise that bar even farther with a 21-game win streak.) The Bergren brothers, senior Walt and sophomore Lawrence (Lunk), formed a very formidable battery that would rank among the best in NM history. Walt received a triple from brother Lunk while twirling a one-hit shutout over Holton in the Norse season opener. Walt Bergren’s 2-0 shut-out victory over Montague on May 20 was another sparkling one-hitter that saw Walt fan 17 Wildcats, a performance that still has not been surpassed in NM annals. Oliver Eyestone would go on to serve his country in World War II, where he was killed in action.

 

Record Score                           Interesting Fact

1-0          NM 7, Holton 0                      Walt Bergren 1-hitter; Lunk Bergren triple

1-1           Grand Haven 7, NM 5              L. Bergren 2 hits, including HR

1-2           Musk. Jr. College 9, NM 3

2-2          NM 3, Montague 2                 Harvey Speed 3-hitter
3-2          *NM 10, Hart 2
                      W. Bergen 3-hitter
4-2          NM 11, Holton 6
                   Oliver Eyestone, Al Johnson triple
5-2          *NM 5, Scottville 2
6-2          *NM 2, Montague 0
             W. Bergren 1-hitter, 17 K’s; Eyestone HR
7-2          *NM 13, Whitehall 2
             W. Bergen 2-hitter; W. Bergren 2 hits
8-2          NM 10, Musk. St. Joseph 1
    Speed wins; Speed HR
9-2          NM 8, Musk. Jr. College 1     W. Bergren 2-hitter, 16 K’s

10-2        NM 8, Musk. St. Joseph 5

 

1939 – coach Lyle McNitt (4-6 overall; 2-2 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Montague Champs)

The Norsemen baseball team slipped below .500, a disappointment for many of the NM players who boasted of their first perfect 8-0 record earlier in the year in football. The Norse were hindered when catcher Lunk Bergren, a regular since his freshman season in 1937, was injured and missed the second half of the season. The departure via graduation of Walt Bergren left the Norse drastically short of an experienced mound staff. The highlight of the season perhaps was NM’s 15-10 win over Whitehall on May 2, a date best remembered in baseball history as the day Lou Gehrig ended his consecutive game-playing streak at Tiger Stadium. Poor hitting doomed the Norse from posting a better season as third baseman Al Johnson posted the lone home run garnered by an NM player during the season.

 

Record Score                          Interesting Fact

0-1           Holton 4, NM 3

0-2           Grand Haven 10, NM 2      NM only 3 hits

1-2          NM 15, Whitehall 10        Lou Gehrig ends playing streak in Detroit

1-3          *Hart 16, NM 2

2-3          NM 14, Holton 2

3-3          *NM 8, Scottville 0

3-4           Montague 11, NM 1           NM only 1 hit

3-5           *Montague 5, NM 3            NM 5 errors; NM strikes out 11 times

3-6           Grand Haven 6, NM 1

4-6          *NM 7, Whitehall 6           Al Johnson triple
 

1940 – coach Lyle McNitt (5-4 overall; 1-3 in WMC; xx place in WMC; XXXX Champs)

The Norsemen started strong and ended the season with a bang but could only muster two more wins between the bookend start and finish. Lunk Bergren blasted a game-winning home run in the eighth inning to give the Norse a dramatic 7-6 season opening win over Muskegon St. Joseph. Dan Thompson spearheaded the Norse pitching staff by winning NM's only official WMC victory over Hart and then posted a complete-game shutout over neighboring Muskegon St. Jean's in the season finale. Among the Norse regulars during the campaign was Pete Sodini, whose work over the years in promoting baseball at Reeths-Puffer, culminated with the R-P baseball field being named in Sodini’s honor.

 

Record Score                                Interesting Fact

1-0          NM 7, Musk. St. Joe 6          8 innings; Lunk Bergren GW HR in 8th

1-1           *Whitehall 7, NM 2

1-2           Musk. St. Jean’s 5, NM 1      Dan Thompson & Bob Frost combine for win

1-3           *Scottville 10, NM 9

2-3          *NM 4, Hart 3                      Thompson 2-hitter; Frost double 

3-3          NM 7, Montague 4            

3-4           *Montague 6, NM 5               Arnie Stafford HR, triple; Bill Sikkenga HR

4-4          NM 15, Musk. St. Joe 6        NM 18 hits; St. Joe commits 10 errors

5-4          NM 15, Musk. St. Jean’s 0   Thompson wins; Art Kaule, Sikkinga triples

  

1941 – coach Lyle McNitt (8-1 overall; 3-1 in WMC; 2nd place in WMC; Hart Champs)

The Norse posted a dazzling 8-1 record but had to settle for second place behind an outstanding Hart team that was led by future Western Michigan University All-American Fred Stevens. Only a 10-0 pasting at the hands of the Pirates denied the Norsemen from posting a perfect season. Coach Lyle McNitt found some long sought after live arms to send to the mound during the season in Don Gunn and Bob Frost. The campaign also marked the arrival of hard-hitting shortstop Bill Meiner, along with future NM gridiron greats Bill Goldberg and Frank Sodini. Meiner came up just short in becoming the first Norse to hit for the cycle when he knocked out a home run, double and a single in NM’s 8-6 victory over Muskegon St. Joseph. The Norse capped their season with an impressive doubleheader sweep of Muskegon St. Mary’s. Ted Gates and Meiner belted out triples in the DH on the same day that the baseball world mourned the passing of baseball great Lou Gehrig. In only nine games, Meiner hit four home runs, six triples and 12 singles. 

 

Record Score                         Interesting Fact

1-0          NM 8, Musk. St. Joe 2         Don Gunn wins

2-0          NM 9, Whitehall 6               NM scores all 9 runs in 1st inn.; Bill Goldberg, Frank Sodini 2 hits

2-1          *Hart 10, NM 0                     NM commits 5 errors

3-1          *NM 15, Scottville 7            Bill Meiner HR, triple; Sodini triple
4-1          *NM 9, Montague 7             Meiner 3 hits
5-1          *NM 8, Whitehall 6

6-1          NM 8, Musk. St. Joe 6         Meiner HR, double, single

7-1          NM 8, Musk. St. Mary’s 4      Ted Gates, Meiner triple, single

8-1          NM 18, Musk. St. Mary’s 0    Bob Frost, Gunn combine on 1-hitter; MSM single with 2 outs in 7th

 

1942 – coach Lyle McNitt (5-4 overall; 2-1 in WMC; co-Champs w/ Hart)

Lyle McNitt completed his coaching career at North Muskegon by earning a share of the West Michigan Conference championship with the Hart Pirates. McNitt would leave NM to take over the football coaching reigns at Grand Rapids College, succeeding a man who, after just taking over the head coaching duties, was called to duty in World War II. The man McNitt replaced was the 38th president of the United States, Gerald R. Ford. The high-water mark for the season was NM’s exciting 2-1 triumph over Montague. Don Gunn hurled a two-hitter with Bill Meiner’s home run the difference in the outcome. It was a school year to be long remembered by Norse fans as the NM football team ran through the 1941 season undefeated, untied and unscored upon.

 

Record Score                               Interesting Fact

0-1           Musk. St. Joe 3, NM 0       Don Gunn loses 5-hitter as Bill Kruzona allows NM just 2 hits

1-1          NM 14, Whitehall 2

1-2          *Hart 12, NM 7

1-3           Musk. St. Mary’s 4, NM 3 at Marsh Field; Gunn 4-hitter in loss 

2-3          NM 3, Montague 0

3-3          *NM 2, Montague 1          Gunn 2-hitter; Bill Meiner HR wins game

3-4           Musk. St. Mary’s 5, NM 4

4-4          *NM 7, Whitehall 6
5-4          NM 6, Musk. St. Joe 1
 

1943 – coach Paul Moyes (5-2 overall; 3-0 in WMC; WMC Champs)

North Muskegon welcomed a new coach to the community when Paul Moyes took over the reigns from Lyle McNitt. Moyes earlier coached the 1942 football team to another undefeated season as the Norse extended their still-standing state record of 15 games where they were undefeated, untied, and unscored upon. Many of those great gridiron icons, which became only the third team ever inducted into the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame, continued their success in baseball and led the Norse to a perfect record in winning the West Michigan Conference. This team was also stingy with runs allowed – in more than 70 years of Norsemen baseball, the 1943 team allowed the fewest runs per game (2.33). The Norse certainly got out of the blocks in a hurry when they blasted Whitehall 20-0 with Frank Sodini lashing out four hits. On May 12, Virgil Wilks posted not only the first no-hitter in NM history but also the first no-hitter in conference history with a 4-0 shutout over the defending WMC champs, the Hart Pirates. The Norse tallied all their runs in a four-run third with Wayne Dulyea, Ken Tyler, Wilks, and Don Jacobson stroking base hits. Each team committed just one error, and the game was completed in a very swift one hour and 15 minutes. Only losses to Class A powers Muskegon Heights and Muskegon put a blemish on a war-torn abbreviated 5-2 season. Future Rose Bowl hero Jack Weisenberger, the spinning fullback on the University of Michigan national championship football team of 1947, three-hit the Norse in Muskegon Heights’ 4-1 win. Weisenberger wasn't too shabby of a baseball player either, as he made it all the way to AAA level in the Boston Braves farm system. 

 

Record   Score                               Interesting Fact

1-0          NM 20, Whitehall 0            Don Gunn, Virgil Willks combine on shutout; Frank Sodini 4 hits

1-1           Musk. Heights 4, NM 1        Sodini triple & scores only run

2-1          NM win, Montague loss
3-1          *NM 13, Montague 1         Gunn wins; Paul Duell HR; Wilks 3 hits; Ken Dulyea & Ken Tyler triples

4-1          *NM 4, Hart 0                    Wilks (1 walk, 6 K's) 1st no-hitter in school & WMC history

4-2           Muskegon 7, NM 1              31st straight win for Muskegon; Duell double 

5-2          *NM 9, Whitehall 2

 

1944 – coach Paul Moyes (5-3 overall; 4-0 in WMC; WMC Champs)

The Norse made it back-to-back WMC championships while again sweeping through the WMC portion of their schedule. Jack Weisenberger again was a thorn in the side of the Blue & Gold, as he one-hit the Northsiders for the second straight year. Tom Pinder proved to be the ace of the Norse pitching staff. After posting an earlier 5-0 shutout over Shelby, Pinder struck out 15 Hart batsman en route to a 10-1 NM triumph. The Norse clinched the conference championship in a most exciting fashion on May 18 vs. Whitehall. Dick Salmonson slid home with the winning run late in the game after Marshall Strayer had earlier belted a pair of home runs, the first NM slugger to mash multi-homers in a single game. Following the May 5 encounter with the Pirates, Norse head coach Paul Moyes packed his bags and drove his 1936 Ford Model A car to Detroit where he enlisted in the Navy. The following day Moyes would return to Muskegon where he would be present for the birth of his second son, future four-year starting Norse shortstop Tommy Moyes. Ten days after the Norse ended their season with a WMC-clinching victory over Whitehall, Moyes would join many of his former athletes in fighting the perilous battles of World War II.

 

Record Score                       Interesting Fact

1-0          NM 12, Whitehall 3        George Felt 3 hits; Bob Pyle, Marshall Strayer, Dick Salmonson 2 hits 

2-0          *NM 5, Shelby 0             Tom Pinder wins; Strayer triple, single

2-1           Musk. Heights 9, NM 0    Tigers' Jack Weisenberger tosses a one-hitter; Strayer has lone hit 

3-1          *NM 10, Hart 1               Pinder 1-hitter, 15 K’s; Strayer GS

3-2           Montague 7, NM 2           Non-conference loss

3-3           Muskegon 12, NM 0

4-3          *NM 4, Montague 3        Strayer 3 hits; Salmonson HR; NM no errors 

5-3          *NM 6, Whitehall 5        Strayer 2 HR's
 

1945 – coach Earl Meyers (6-4 overall; 3-1 in WMC; co-Champs in WMC w/ Whitehall)

While coach Paul Moyes was serving as a gunnery officer aboard a Naval ship in the Pacific Theater, Earl Meyers pinch hit for Moyes for the next two seasons. The Norse grabbed a share of the crown in the WMC. Only a tough, season-ending 4-3 defeat at the hands of Whitehall denied the Norse from grabbing the entire trophy. Junior right-hander Norm David became the top Norse pitcher during the season. Aided by the lusty slugging from Marshall Strayer, who tattooed the Shelby staff for a home run and pair of doubles, David whiffed a dozen Tiger batters in a 13-5 Norse blowout win. Although the Norse fared well against competition in the WMC, it was dealt a dose of reality when facing the big boys. Muskegon Heights’ pitcher Earl Beam threw a no-hitter at the Norse while Muskegon High showed the Northsiders why they could lay claim as one of the all-time best teams in Michigan prep history. The Bob Ludwig-led Big Reds put a real hurt on the Norse with a 21-0 trouncing, Muskegon’s 52nd straight win in a row. According to the 1946 NM Annual, Marshall Strayer hit a lusty .614 for the 1945 season.

 

Record  Score                         Interesting Fact

1-0          NM 7, Holton 2               Marshall Strayer wins; Strayer 2 hits

2-0          NM 6, Holton 0               Bud Anderegg 2-hitter

2-1           Montague 5, NM 1

3-1          NM 4, Whitehall 3           NM wins on back-to-back 2B by Tom Jackson & Don Jacobson

4-1          *NM 13, Shelby 5            Norm David 12 K’s; Strayer HR, 2 doubles

4-2           Musk. Heights 6, NM 1     NM no-hit by Earl Beam

5-2          *NM 7, Hart 5                 David wins; David 3 hits

5-3           Muskegon 21, NM 0         Muskegon’s 52nd straight win

6-3          *NM 16, Montague 15     Strayer 3 hits

6-4           *Whitehall 4, NM 3

  

1946 – coach Earl Meyers (6-5 overall; 6-4 in WMC; 2nd place in WMC; Montague Champs)

An extremely young team that used as many as five freshmen (Tom Mitchelson, Bob Chaffee, Bill Graham, Bill Jackson, Ken Douglas) in its lineup, the Norse continued their winning ways in coach Earl Meyers’ last season as the Norse baseball coach. Meyers would remain as the NM basketball coach through the 1947-48 school year. Senior pitcher Norm David had a busy spring for the Norsemen. Not only was David the ace of the pitching staff, but he was also a valuable member of the NM track squad. His best time of 2:04.0 in the 880-yard dash would serve as the school record for the next 15 years. David began and ended the season in stylish fashion, striking out 12 in the season-opening 8-5 win over Scottville and striking out 17, a school record, in a season-ending 8-7 loss to Montague. Against the Wildcats, the Norse had a golden opportunity to garner a share of the WMC title, but NM errors led to two unearned runs in the seventh inning while another Norse miscue led to the winning run in the 10th inning.

Record   Score                        Interesting Fact
1-0           *NM 8, Scottville 5          Norm David 12 K’s; Ken Kueny 3-for-4  

2-0           *NM 9, Scottville 7          Kueny 3-for-4 (6-for-8 in the DH)

2-1           *Hart 14, NM 11               NM loses on Grand Slam in 7th; Kueny, David 2 hits

3-1           *NM 16, Shelby 0            Bob Anderegg wins; Marshall Strayer 4 hits, including triple

3-2           *Whitehall 6, NM 3           David 12 K's; Strayer 2 hits; David triple

3-3           *Montague 8, NM 7          David 8 K's

3-4           Musk. Heights 9, NM 2    NFL great Sonny Grandelius catcher for Heights

4-4           *NM 12, Hart 6                NM scores 6 runs in 7th; David 11 K's; Al Meerzo 2 hits
5-4           *NM 8, Shelby 5             Anderegg wins; Meerzo, Strayer 2 hits
6-4           *NM 5, Whitehall 4         David wins; Strayer bases-loaded triple; Ken Baars triple

6-5           *Montague 8, NM 7           10 innings; David 17 K’s; Al Meerzo 2 hits, including double, 4 RBI



1947 – coach Paul Moyes (3-6 overall; 3-6 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Shelby, Scottville co-Champs)
Paul Moyes returned from the service to once again take over the reins for the Norsemen. The season was marred by an abnormal amount of inclement weather that resulted in numerous cancellations. This would be a rebuilding year for coach Moyes as 1947 would be the only year NM would not have a winning season under Moyes' leadership. The tempo was set when the season opener with Hart was postponed due to snow. One bright note during the Norsemen season was the execution of the first triple play in the school’s history; however, the Norse dropped the game to Montague 11-3. Another highlight for the Norsemen had to be their come-from-behind win over Whitehall. The Norse got a game-winning hit from Jack Kroelczyk as NM rallied for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to defeat the Vikings, 10-9. Getting credit for the win was freshman hurler John Biddle.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 *Shelby 10, NM 3
1-1 *NM 13, Whitehall 10 NM scores four in 7th inning for win
1-2 *Montague 11, NM 3 NM executes triple play (Tom Mitchelson-LaVern Nicholson-Al Meerzo)
2-2 *NM 8, Hart 6 Ken Baars 2 hits (bases-loaded double); Dick Salmonson, Mitchelson 2 hits
2-3 *Shelby 15, NM 7 Shelby has seven two-out hits in 3rd inning
3-3 *NM 10, Whitehall 9 Jack Kroelczyk GW hit; NM scores five runs in 7th
3-4 *Montague 14, NM 7 Bob Chafee 3 hits, including triple
3-5 *Scottville 8, NM 1
3-6 *Scottville 10, NM 0 Scottville's sweep of Norse earns share of WMC title

1948 – coach Paul Moyes (5-3 overall; 5-2 in WMC; 2nd place in WMC; Scottville Champs)
The season went down to the wire to determine the WMC conference champ. The Norse took the long jaunt up old highway US-31 in the final WMC game of the season to play Scottville in a winner-take-all battle. A young and jittery NM pitching staff walked an uncharacteristic 11 Spartan batters in losing the championship clash 12-7. Earlier in the season, the Norse dropped a heartbreaker to Shelby, 10-9, despite a Tom Mitchelson home run. It was in 1948 that coach Moyes unveiled a battery that would propel the Norse to their most productive WMC years in NM baseball history. Freshman pitcher John Arntz paired up with freshman catcher Bill Duplissis to win the first of many games these two would win for the Norsemen over the next four years when they defeated Montague, 7-6, in a nine-inning thriller. Jack Anderegg sent the game into extra innings by bagging a clutch homer in the seventh inning. The Wildcats plated a run in the top of the ninth, but the Norse came back with Mitchelson knocking in Monty Hand with a walk-off double. Sophomore John Biddle would prove to be another mainstay on the mound for the next three years by hurling a three-hit 9-2 victory over Whitehall and later allowed the Vikings only a single base hit in an abbreviated 12-1 romp.

Record Score Interesting Fact
1-0 *NM 13, Hart 10 Ken Douglas 3 hits
1-1 *Shelby 10, NM 9 Tom Mitchelson HR; Douglas triple; Jack Anderegg double
2-1 *NM 9, Whitehall 2 John Biddle 3-hitter; Bob Chafee 2 hits, 3 RBI
3-1 *NM 7, Montague 6 9 inn.; John Arntz wins; Anderegg HR; Monty Hand 2 hits, Mitchelson double
4-1 *NM 12, Whitehall 1 Biddle 1-hitter (4 inn.)
5-1 *NM 12, Montague 7 Mitchelson 3 hits, including double
5-2 *Scottville 12, NM 7 Norse pitchers walk 11
5-3 Musk. Heights 15, NM 8 NM loses 7-1 lead; Mitchelson 2 hits, including double



1949 – coach Paul Moyes (8-5 overall; 8-2 in WMC; WMC Champs)
The Norse would begin their most successful WMC run in the school’s history beginning with the 1949 season. NM would win the first of their five consecutive conference championships. The Norse pitching staff of sophomore John Arntz, junior John Biddle and senior Ron Kolkman would team up to shutout the opposition in five of the team’s 13 games. Three of those shutouts would be two-hit gems from the flame-throwing Arntz. Not even during the current era, when a 30-game schedule is the norm, would a Norse pitching staff match this extraordinary achievement – until 2007 when the pitching staff tossed seven shutouts. Norse moundsmen got plenty of hitting support during their 8-5 season from Ron Commons, Bill Woller, Monty Hand, Bill Duplissis and Don Schuiteman. Woller delivered a pair of triples in Biddle’s one-hit shutout of Montague. The last defeat in an 8-2 conference record would be at the hands of Scottville in the second game of a doubleheader. It would be the last time the Norse would taste defeat in the conference over the next 20 games.

Record Score                        Interesting Fact
1-0          *NM 8, Hart 6                 Bud Matych, Tom Mitchelson 2 hits
2-0          *NM 5, Shelby 0              John Arntz 2-hitter, 12 K’s; Ron Commons 4 hits, HR; Arntz double 
3-0          *NM 11, Whitehall 0        Arntz 2-hitter; Monty Hand 3 hits, including a triple
4-0          *NM 7, Montague 0         John Biddle 1-hitter; Bill Woller 2 triples; Bill Duplissis triple 
4-1           Musk. Heights 13, NM 2   Woller 3 hits, including 2 doubles
5-1          *NM 5, Hart 0                 Ron Kolkman 3-hitter; Woller, Matych 2 hits 
6-1           *NM 9, Shelby 2
              Arntz 9 K’s; Commons, Don Schuiteman triple; Ken Douglas double
6-2           Muskegon 6, NM 2           Biddle losing pitcher as NM commits 3 errors
7-2           *NM 10, Whitehall 0
        Arntz 2-hitter; Duplissis triple; Woller, Commons two hits
7-3           *Montague 5, NM 4           Jack Kroelczyk double
8-3           *NM 7, Scottville 4
8-4           *Scottville 7, NM 5
8-5          Musk. Heights 8, NM 1

1950 – coach Paul Moyes (9-4 overall; 9-0 in WMC; WMC Champs) 
Although a 9-4 season record may not look that impressive on paper, the 1950 Norsemen baseball team would rank with some of the best ever NM squads. Coach Paul Moyes’ nine dropped a pair of hard-fought games to Muskegon and Muskegon Heights after sweeping all comers in the WMC. John Arntz fanned 10 Heights hitters in a 3-1 loss and dropped a three-hitter in a 5-2 loss to Muskegon in the first game of the season between the two schools. Game No. 2 vs. the Big Reds was lost by the narrowest of margins, 8-7. The Norse could not protect a 7-6 lead going into the seventh as the Big Reds scored once to send the game into extra innings. The Norse were unable to score off Big Red reliever Jim Mitchell during his four innings of work. The undefeated Big Reds won the game with one out in the ninth on a squeeze bunt by Big Red shortstop and Greater Muskegon legend Earl Morrall, who would have an incredible NFL career, including an MVP season in 1969 while with the Baltimore Colts. Senior hurler John Biddle posted two shutouts while allowing opponents only two hits in three of his wins. Only Muskegon Heights was able to touch up an outstanding NM pitching staff for more than eight runs in a game. Bill Duplissis was the big NM hitter throughout the season, capping the season-ending 6-1 Norse win over Montague by stroking four hits.

Record Score                     Interesting Fact
1-0           *NM 10, Shelby 1
            John Biddle 2-hitter; Ron Commons double
1-1           Musk. Heights 3, NM 1      John Arntz 10 K’s; NM scored on a Charley Whiteman bases-loaded walk
2-1           *NM 7, Whitehall 0
           Biddle 4-hitter, 11 K’s; Claude Easterling 2 hits
2-2           Muskegon 5, NM 2            Arntz & Biddle combine on 4-hitter; 3 NM errors costly
3-2           *NM 9, Hart 3
                  Arntz 3-hitter; Bill Woller, Claude Easterling triple; Monty Hand 2 hits
4-2           *NM 5, Montague 1
          Biddle 4-hitter; Bill Duplissis triple; Woller, Commons 2 hits
5-2           *NM 7, Shelby 4               B
ob England winning pitcher; Duplissis key RBI
5-3           Muskegon 8, NM 7            9 innings; Muskegon ties games in 7th; wins on squeeze by Earl Morrall
6-3           *NM 8, Hart 5                   
Arntz winning pitcher; Commons, Hand & Easterling 2 hits
7-3           *NM 10, Scottville 0          Biddle 2-hitter; Woller HR; Gordy Munn 2 hits; Duplissis 2 RBI
8-3           *NM 13, Whitehall 7
         Duplissis 2 hits, including HR; each team walks 12
8-4           Musk. Heights 10, NM 3    Duplissis 2 of 4 NM hits; John Dykhouse, Munn each 1 hit

9-4          *NM 6, Montague 1          Biddle 2-hitter; Duplissis 4 hits, including triple; Biddle double

 

1951 – coach Paul Moyes (10-2 overall; 9-0 in WMC; WMC Champs)

Coach Paul Moyes, unable to continue his labor of love after the 1951 season due to a serious illness, would lead the Norse to another undefeated WMC season and an overall mark of 10-2. The opening game blow out (15-2) of Whitehall gave a quick glimpse of this team’s abilities. The Norse demonstrated power at the plate (two triples and two doubles), strong pitching (a one-hitter by John Arntz) and flawless defense (no errors). Both losses were very competitive and came at the hands of a Muskegon powerhouse that would end the season undefeated and rated as the top team in the state. In the first encounter with Muskegon, the Norse gave freshman Tom Arntz, a future Norse multi-sport star, his first start behind the plate, as two NM regulars were unable to suit up. In the next match-up between the two local powers, the Norse had an early comfortable lead vs. the Earl Morrall-led Big Reds before falling short. According to Jim Moyes, North Muskegon baseball historian, the 1951 team would rank as one of the best in Norsemen history. Only one team in NM history can boast of a wider margin of victory (10.66-4.25), an average of almost 6 ½ more runs than their opponents. The 2008 team outscored its opponents 10.71 to 4.02. The 10.66 run average is the second highest in school history (in a season with 10 or more games), and what is amazing about this number is that it came during the period of high-school baseball when wooden bats were used. In his all-too-short coaching career at North Muskegon, coach Moyes’ clubs would win the WMC crown five times in his seven-year stint, posting half of the conference titles earned in the more than 70 years of NM baseball. Two of NM’s all-time greats would end their four-year careers on a historical note. Bill Duplissis came on in relief of John Arntz to save the season-ending 8-6 victory over powerful Muskegon Heights, the first NM victory over Oakie Johnson’s Tigers in school history. Earlier, against Scottville in a double header, Duplissis had a day for the ages. In game one, Duplissis blasted five hits, including three doubles and a triple in a 22-3 rout of the Spartans. So confident were WMC officials that NM would take care of the Spartans that they presented NM the WMC championship trophy at the official conference banquet the night before the doubleheader. In the nightcap, Duplissis took to the mound and threw a one-hitter in shutting out the Spartans 8-0. With stalwarts such as Tom Arntz, John Dykhouse and Jack Dewall returning, 1952 looked promising as well.

Record Score                          Interesting Fact

1-0           *NM 15, Whitehall 2         John Arntz 1-hitter; Bill Duplissis, Jerry Upman 3B; Don Vento, Tom Arntz 2B
1-1           Muskegon 10, NM 4           J. Arntz 3 hits; T. Arntz, Harvey Fohlbrook 2 hits
2-1           *NM 8, Montague 7
           T. Arntz 2 hits, including HR; J. Arntz GW RBI; Upman 2 hits
3-1           *NM 14, Hart 3                 
J. Arntz 2-hitter; Jack Dewald, Munn, Upman, J. Arntz & Duplissis 2 hits
4-1           *NM 13, Shelby 2
              Duplissis 5-hitter; Jack Dewall HR, triple, 5 RBI; Don Vento HR
5-1           *NM 12, Shelby 2             J. Arntz  5-hitter; John Dykhouse 3 hits, including triple,
5-2           Muskegon 10, NM 4           Muskegon would be state champs; NFL MVP Earl Morrall 2 hits for MHS
6-2           *NM 13, Whitehall 5        
J. Arntz winning pitcher; NM scores 9 runs in fifth inning
7-2           *NM 7, Montague 1          Duplissis 2-hitter; J. Arntz (triple), Don Schuiteman, Munn, Upman 2 hits
8-2           *NM 22, Scottville 3
          Duplissis 5 hits, including triple and 3 doubles
9-2           *NM 8, Scottville 0
           Duplissis 1-hitter; NM WMC win streak at 18
10-2         NM 8, Musk. Heights 6
      J. Arntz 3-run HR in 6th inning; Duplissis save; 1st win vs. Heights

1952 – coach Arnold Wilson (10-2 overall; 9-1 in WMC; WMC Champs)
Arnold Wilson, in his only season as the North Muskegon baseball coach, inherited a veteran team as well as some talented freshmen. Seven letterman from the 1951 powerhouse team would insure another very successful season.  Outfielders John Dykhouse, Curtis Jones, and Harvey Fohlbrook; infielders Don Schuiteman, Art Turner and Gordy Munn; sophomore catcher Tom Arntz, along with pitcher Scott Moore, all saw action in 1951. On their way to a fourth consecutive WMC title, the Norse extended their undefeated streak in the conference to 20 straight wins before falling 4-3 to Montague in the third game of the season. The one-run loss to the Wildcats would be the lone conference defeat tasted by the Norse over a three-year period. A new pitching star emerged for the Norse in freshman Dick Schuiteman. Schuiteman, whose son David possesses the NM school record in the two-mile run, posted a pair of two-hit shutouts during the season, including an impressive shutout over Muskegon Heights in the campaign’s final game. The 15-year-old posted the finest season ever posted by a freshman pitcher by winning five of the Norsemen’s 10 wins and posting an ERA of 1.51. First baseman Dave Bliss and outfielder Gordy O’Dell would also crack the starting lineup as freshmen.

Record Score                    Interesting Fact
1-0           *NM 8, Shelby 1             
Don Schuiteman (HR), John Dykhouse (double) 2 hits
2-0           *NM 12, Whitehall 9       
WMC win streak hits 20, Curtis Jones 3 hits (HR, 3B, 1B)
2-1           *Montague 4, NM 3            Charlie Mikkelson, longtime Montague coach, beats NM
3-1           *NM 6, Scottville 5  
4-1           *NM 6, Hart 5                   Hart SS throws DP ball into Bear Lake; Tom Arntz 3 hits (3B, 2B, 1B)
5-1           *NM 11, Shelby 0           
Dick Schuiteman 2-hitter; Gordy Munn lead-off HR
6-1           *NM 5, Hart 2                  
Dick Schuiteman 4-hitter; Art Turner, Jones RBI singles
6-2           Muskegon 16, NM 3           Future minor leaguer Chuck Dobberstein limits NM to 3 hits
7-2           *NM 11, Whitehall 3       
Scott Moore 4-hitter; Harvey Fohlbrook 4 hits
8-2           *NM 10, Montague 4       
Dick Schuiteman 5-hitter; NM scores 5 runs in 1st
9-2           *NM 10, Scottville 4          Moore 3-hitter; clinch WMC title; NM scores first nine runs of game
10-2        NM 3, Musk. Heights 0     D
ick Schuiteman 2-hitter; Arntz key RBI double

1953 – coach Dunc Lectka (6-1 overall; 6-1 in WMC; WMC Champs)
Although North Muskegon administrators perhaps hired new head baseball coach Dunc Lectka as a football coach first and baseball second, it was the sport of baseball that Lectka clearly had his most passion. The former all-around star athlete from Cadillac High School spent one year in the Detroit Tigers minor league system with Fulton of the Kitty League in 1941. As with most athletes from this generation, World War II cut his dreams for a major-league career short. The 1953 baseball season easily qualifies has the most abysmal as far as weather conditions are concerned. The inclement weather forced the Norsemen to cancel their entire slate of games scheduled for the month of April. It was not until the first week of May when the Norse were able to begin play for the year. Coach Lectka’s nine got out of the gates quickly by winning their first four games, as the Norse would capture the WMC conference championship for the fifth straight year. For the next 55 years, NM would only win the WMC title three more times (1955, 1972 & 2008). Only a 7-5 loss to Whitehall would put a blemish on the abbreviated seven-game schedule. The usually sure-handed Norsemen committed six errors as sophomore pitching ace Dick Schuiteman would lose his only game in his first two years on the hill. The Norse featured the lively young arms of juniors Leonard Green and Scott Moore and sophomore Schuiteman on the hill. Junior catcher Tom Arntz was joined by a flock of four sophomores that would provide the core for NM baseball over the next three seasons. Sophomores Gordy O’Dell, Dave Bliss, and Jack Mavis, along with freshman Ron Simonelli, would join Schuiteman in the starting lineup through 1955. 
 

Record   Score                           Interesting Fact
1-0           *NM 9, Hart 2
2-0           *NM win, Scottville loss
3-0           *NM 6, Whitehall 2          D
ick Schuiteman 5-hitter, Leonard Green 2 hits, including triple
4-0           *NM 17, Hart 0                 Scott Moore & Dave Bliss combine for shutout; Bliss, Tom Arntz 2 hits
4-1           *Whitehall 7, NM 5             Schuiteman 5-hitter; NM commits 6 errors in night game @ Whitehall
5-1           *NM 4, Montague 3         
NM scores 4 in top of 7th after 2 outs; winning run scores on a balk
6-1          *NM 2, Montague 1          Schuiteman gives up 1 un-earned run; Green triple, double
 

1954 – coach Dunc Lectka (7-3 overall; 5-3 in WMC; 2nd  place in WMC; Scottville Champs)
The Norse relinquished their stranglehold on taking the West Michigan Conference Championships as they placed second to WMC champ Scottville. Leonard Green (5-1) was the ace of the staff by winning five of the seven NM wins on the season. Two of Green’s victories were shutouts, including a 16-strikeout performance in an 8-0 Norse victory over Montague. Pitching certainly was a strongpoint for Dunc Lectka’s nine as no opponent was able to score in double digits. All three of NM’s losses came against WMC foes as the Norse struggled with their hitting. The non-conference victories in the season were against Lectka’s previous coaching post, Sparta, and a rare 10-9 decision over perennial power Grand Haven. The season-ending victory over Montague marked the end of a great all-around career for catcher Tom Arntz. Arntz earned four letters in baseball, three in football and basketball and an additional two in track. Arntz won 12 letters over his career, the most letters earned by any single athlete in NM history. So versatile was the 6-foot-3 Arntz that he captured the conference championship in the high jump in his senior year.

Record   Score                          Interesting Fact

1-0          *NM 2, Montague 0          Green 3-hitter

1-1           *Whitehall 3, NM 0            Leonard Green 4-hitter in loss

1-2           *Scottville 6, NM 1

1-3          *Hart 7, NM 2                    NM has only 2 hits

2-3          NM 10, Sparta 1

3-3          NM 10, Grand Haven 9    Chuck Houts 2 doubles

4-3          *NM 6, Whitehall 2           Green 6-hitter; Tom Arntz double

5-3          *NM 9, Scottville 4            Green win in relief; Gordy O’Dell 3 hits

6-3          *NM 6, Hart 2                   Green 4-hitter

7-3          *NM 7, Montague 0          Green 2-hitter, 16 K’s; Dick Schuiteman, Dave Bliss, Arntz triple
 

1955 – coach Dunc Lectka (8-2 overall; 7-1 in WMC; WMC Champs)

The Norse returned to the top of the ladder in the WMC for the sixth time in the past seven years by posting a 7-1 record in conference action. Only defending champion Scottville was able to move into the winner’s circle vs. the Norse, but the Norsemen redeemed themselves by taking the nightcap of a doubleheader with the Spartans. The Norse received some lusty hitting from all-time NM great Gordy O’Dell. O’Dell, who was an All-State selection in basketball, set the table for a great season for the Blue & Gold by belting a grand slam home run in the season opening 7-6 win over Whitehall. O’Dell also blasted a school record three doubles in NM’s win over Scottville and again flexed his muscles with a home run and a triple in NM’s first win over Hart. Future long-time Orchard View baseball coach Tom Stribley closed the door on the WMC championship by belting a game-winning double in the pennant clinching 2-0 victory over Hart. Dick Schuiteman then capped his sterling career by notching a school record-equaling 17 strikeouts in the season ending 5-0 shutout of Grand Haven.

Record   Score                        Interesting Fact
1-0           *NM 7, Whitehall 6         
Gordy O’Dell GS; Pete Sheldon 3 hits
2-0           *NM 4, Montague 3         
Dick Schuiteman wins, GW 2-run triple; Ron Simonelli, Chuck Houts 2 hits
2-1           *Scottville 7, NM 0             Schuiteman’s only loss on season, has only both NM hits
3-1           *NM 6, Scottville 4           
Dave Bliss winning pitcher; O’Dell 3 doubles
4-1           *NM 6, Hart 1
                    Schuiteman 3-hitter, 12 K’s; O’Dell HR, triple
5-1           *NM 3, Whitehall 1          
Schuiteman 3-hitter, 9 K’s; NM scores all 3 runs in 3rd; O’Dell 2-run single
5-2           Musk. Heights 21, NM 8    Simonelli triple, double; Jack Mavis, Tom Stribley 2 hits   
6-2           *NM 6, Montague 4          Schuiteman 4-hitter; O’Dell 3 hits, 2 RBI; Dave Bliss RBI
7-2           *NM 2, Hart 0                    O’Dell wins; Stribley GW double drives home O’Dell & Simonelli

8-2          NM 5, Grand Haven 0       Schuiteman 17 K’s; Stribley 3 hits; Mickey Hinkin 2-run single

1956 – coach Dunc Lectka (4-5 overall; 4-3 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Hart Champs)
The Norse failed to reach the .500 mark for only the second time in 20 years; however, the Norse were able to stay above the .500 mark in the WMC. It was a season that would have plenty of upsides for the Norse with a few truly unique performances. Third baseman Pete Sheldon pulled off a feat that will likely stand for the ages. On May 17, the future starting third sacker for the Dartmouth Indians of the Ivy League blasted two home runs against Scottville – in the same inning. One of Sheldon’s shots was a grand slam and the other a two-run dinger. In the next game, the Norse defense helped Norse pitching ace Ron Simonelli by turning three double plays in a 15-1 trouncing of Whitehall. The Norse pulled off a remarkable 11 double plays after just seven games were played. Simonelli pitched another gem in a Norse defeat suffered at the hands of Grand Haven. Simonelli, who would go on to play football at the University of Wyoming, gave up but two hits to the Bucs in a 2-1 losing cause.
 

Record   Score                         Interesting Fact
0-1           *Hart 12, NM 8                 Jim Damm 2 hits, including triple; Jerry Johnson 2 RBI; NM commits 8 errors
0-2           *Whitehall 6, NM 3           Pete Sheldon, Joe Sienkiewicz triple
1-2           *NM 8, Montague 0        
Ron Farmer 2-hitter; Damm 3 hits; Mickey Hinkin 2 hits, including double
2-2           *NM 4, Scottville 0         
Ron Simonelli 3-hitter, Sheldon 2 hits
2-3           *Hart 7, NM 6                   Sheldon 2 hits, including triple
3-3           *NM 17, Scottville 6       
Sheldon becomes first state high schooler to hit 2 HR in 1 inning (GS, 2-run)
4-3           *NM 15, Whitehall 1
       Simonelli 1-hitter; NM turns 3 double plays; Hinkin 2 hits
4-4           Grand Haven 2, NM 1       Simonelli 2-hitter; Simonelli 2 hits, including double

4-5          Musk. Heights 6, NM 1    Sienkiewicz 2 hits



1957 – coach Dunc Lectka (4-7 overall; 4-3 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Whitehall Champs)
The next two seasons would not be good ones for a Norse program that had experienced so much success in the first two decades at NMHS. NM would compile only a 4-7 record with two victories each over Montague and the Scottville Spartans. Much of the success earned in the spring at North Muskegon came on the golf course as the Norse linksters set a school record with a new low of 333 strokes. Righthander Ron Farmer, a 6-6 fireballer, accounted for two of the Norse victories. Farmer struck out 15 in wins over Scottville and Montague. It would only get worse in 1958.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 *Hart 5, NM 2 NM only 3 hits off Jin Gwinnup & Turk Griffin
0-2 Fremont 10, NM 5 Packers break up 4-4 tie with a 4-run 6th inning as NM walks 6
1-2 *NM 8, Scottville 1 Ron Farmer 1-hitter, 15 K’s; Pete Sheldon HR
1-3 *Hart 10, NM 8 NM commits 10 errors; Sheldon double
2-3 *NM 6, Montague 4
2-4 *Whitehall 3, NM 2 Mickey Hinkin loses; NM loses 2-1 lead as Whitehall score 2 runs in 7th 
2-5 Fremont 5, NM 0 Norse 4 hits: Sheldon, Jim Damm, Al Beauchamp & Jim McNiff
3-5 *NM 4, Montague 2 Farmer 15 K’s, 2 hits
4-5 *NM 10, Scottville 8 Damm 3 hits
4-6 Grand Haven 9, NM 3 Hinklin, Joe Sienkiewicz double
4-7 Musk. Heights 14, NM 4 Heights legend Osie McCarty 2 hits, including triple

1958 – coach Dunc Lectka (1-7 overall; 1-3 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Whitehall Champs)
About the only bright note for North Muskegon during the spring of 1958 came on the track – not on the baseball diamond. Sam Hughes, whose son Mark would captain the University of Michigan basketball team to the 1989 NCAA championship, would win the Class B State Championship in the high jump. The Norse would win only one game vs. Hart during the entire season en route to a mysteriously low record of 1-7. It was obvious that departing head coach Dunc Lectka was frustrated with his Norse diamond getters during the campaign as there were a number of unreported scores to the local paper. The pace of the campaign was quickly set in the season opener vs. Fremont as future Detroit Tiger signee Wayne Somers threw a no-hitter against the Norse. Somers had an additional no-hitter against Whitehall, the WMC champs, and posted a shutout over powerful Muskegon. One bright note for Norse fans: Somers played for the North Muskegon entry in the summer city league before departing for his minor league assignment. Baseball historians had to know this was a bad season for the Norse when the season ended with an embarrassing loss to Muskegon Heights with Gene Young getting credit for the win for the Tigers.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 Fremont 16, NM 0 NM no-hit by Wayne Somers, who had 17 K's
1-1 *NM 11, Hart 8 Dale Swanson, Al Beauchamp & Larry Powell 2 hits
1-2 *Scottville 11, NM 2
1-3 Fremont 15, NM 2 Beauchamp 2-run HR
1-4 *Hart 9, NM 7
1-5 Whitehall 13, NM 5 Bill Shackelford complete-game loss
1-6 *Whitehall 17, NM 4 Merv Mitchell 3 hits for the Vikings
1-7 Musk. Heights 10, NM 6 Swanson 2 of 3 NM hits



1959 – coach Bruce Benson (7-10 overall; 1-3 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Whitehall Champs)

Bruce Benson, who played a couple years in the Baltimore Orioles minor league system, became the manager, and the Norse survived an opening-day shaky outing against Muskegon Catholic Central to post a respectable record. The Norse ended the season with an invite to the White Lake Invitational. The Norse gave undefeated Grand Rapids Lee a scare behind the five-hit pitching of Bill Shackelford before falling 3-0. The hitting woes continued the following day, as the Norse were again shutout 2-0 by Fremont in the consolation round. Tommy Moyes began his four-year career as a Norse mainstay by posting the only Norse hit against the Crusaders. The highlight of Benson’s initial year at the helm had to be NM’s 23-5 romp over Reeths-Puffer. It would be the first-ever meeting between these two schools, as 1959 would produce the first graduating class for the Rockets. The lowlight of the campaign had to be the 31-8 thumping from Muskegon Catholic. The 31 runs scored by the Crusaders is the most runs allowed by the Norsemen in school history. NM all-star selection Jerry Johnson had a day to remember in the thrashing of the Rockets. Johnson became the first Norseman to hit for the cycle and had five hits in all to become one of only two Norse (Justin Visconti is the other) to hit for the elusive cycle. Johnson teamed with his brother Dave on May 6 for another NM first. Each of the Johnson brothers belted a home run in a 7-5 loss to Holton, a feat matched in 2003 by the Dean brothers. 


Record   Score                           Interesting Fact
0-1           Musk. Catholic 8, NM 1     Freshman Tommy Moyes only NM hit
1-1           NM 12, Fremont 11
1-2           *Scottville 3, NM 1            Moyes has 2 of NM’s 3 hits; Scottville scores 2 runs in 7th for the win
2-2          NM 12, Holton 7                Bill Shackelford, Dave Johnson 2 hits
3-2          NM 5, Whitehall 2            Jerry Johnson wins in relief; Jay Conover 2 hits
4-2          NM 3, WM Christian 2      Shackelford 4-hitter; 1st meeting between two schools

4-3          Musk. Catholic 31, NM 8  
Pat White 2 HR for MCC; Conover HR for NM 
5-3          *NM 7, Shelby 3                NM only 4 hits; NM has 6-run 6th inning; 1st Shelby team in 5 years

5-4          *Hart 7, NM 0                    Hart’s Turk Griffin no hits NM

5-5           Holton 7, NM 5                  Brothers Dave & Jerry Johnson each hit HR

5-6           *Whitehall 16, NM 8           Moyes, J. Johnson 2 hit; Bill Bisson HR

5-7           Grand Haven 9, NM 2     

6-7          NM 5, WM Christian 4       J. Johnson wins in relief & has 2 hits, inclduing double

7-7          NM 23, Reeths-Puffer 5    J. Johnson hits for cycle (5-for-6), 7 RBI

7-8           Musk. Heights 7, NM 2      NM has 5 hits
7-9          GR Lee 3, NM 0                Shackelford 5-hitter; GR Lee has undefeated season

7-10         Fremont 2, NM 0               Consolation game of White Lake tournament



1960 – coach Bruce Benson (7-8 overall; 2-3 in Seaway; xx place in Seaway; Whitehall Champs)
This would be the first of six years that the Norsemen would play in the Seaway Conference. The period from 1960 through 1966 would be the only years since the Norse became a complete high school in 1935 that NM wouldn’t compete in the West Michigan Conference. The Norse would play only a partial Seaway schedule in 1960 but would have a full load for the 1961 season. Oddly enough, reports from the Muskegon Chronicle list NM as being in both the WMC and the Seaway conference. Coach Bruce Benson’s nine would slip just below the .500 level. Junior Southpaw hurler Bill Shackelford pitched the first of his two-career no-hitters for the Norse. Shackelford’s no-no was not without its quirks. He would surrender eight walks to the Western Michigan Christian Warriors but would strike out 13 in a narrow 3-2 Norse victory. The Norsemen also had a remarkable turnaround vs. Reeths-Puffer. After being soundly thrashed 14-0 by their nearby rival early in the season, the improved Norse had a huge turnaround and defeated the Rockets in a late-season contest. 

Record    Score                             Interesting Fact
0-1           Musk. Catholic 10, NM 7    NM commits 5 errors in six-run 3rd inning for MCC
1-1           NM 4, Montague 1           
Bill Cribbs 2-hitter
2-1           NM 3, WM Christian 2
      Bill Shackelford no-hitter, 8 BB, 13 K’s
2-2            *Reeths-Puffer 14, NM 0    Joe Fodrocy shuts out Norse
3-2           NM 15, Shelby 7             
Shackelford bases-loaded triple; Charlie Langeland 3 hits
4-2           NM 16, WM Christian 11 
Oscar Manning GS; Jerry Porter HR
4-3           Hart 8, NM 3   
4-4           Musk. Heights 7, NM 2      Bill Bissen, Langeland, Manning double
5-4           *NM 7, Whitehall 3         
Cribbs winning pitcher; Cribbs, Langeland 2 hits
6-4           NM 12, Montague 7         
Shackelford, Porter 2 doubles; Bissen 2 hits
6-5            Scottville 13, NM 3            Cribbs HR; Manning 2 hits
6-6            *Whitehall 12, NM 6          Bissen double
6-7           Grand Haven 13, NM 0       Roger Wheeler throws a perfect game for Grand Haven
7-7           *NM 8, Reeths-Puffer 7
7-8            *Whitehall 5, NM 4            Seaway tournament; Manning 2 hits
 

1961 – coach Bruce Benson (9-7 overall; 6-4 in Seaway;  co-Champs in Seaway w/ Fremont & Ravenna)

The Norse were able to get a share of the Seaway conference title even with four losses. NM got its season off on the wrong foot as they dropped a 10-1 decision to Muskegon Catholic. Future Weber State baseball star Ron Janczyk allowed the Norse just three hits, two of those from shortstop Tommy Moyes. Later in the season, the Norse lost back-to-back games against a pair of the best teams in any class, dropping a game to Muskegon, 5-3, and becoming the 42nd straight victim of Grand Haven’s Hall of Fame team, 11-6. Spearheading the Norse co-champs was lefty Bill Shackelford. Shackelford equaled John Arntz’s 1949 all-time mark for shutouts in a single season with three goose eggs. Oddly enough, Shackelford’s second no-hitter of his career was not a shutout. Shackelford also equaled the all-time strikeout record (17) in his no-hitter against Fremont but inexplicably gave up three runs in the Norse 6-3 victory. Earlier in the season, Shackelford nearly had his third no-hitter, but Ravenna was able to get one hit off the Norse southpaw. Shackelford ended his career with a two-hit shutout over Coopersville to give the Norse a share of the title.
 

Record   Score                             Interesting Fact
0-1           Musk. Catholic 10, NM 1    Tommy Moyes 2 of NM’s 3 hits
1-1           NM 3, Montague 2           
Bill Shackelford 6-hitter; Chuck Langeland, Oscar Manning double
2-1           *NM 18, Whitehall 6        
Shackelford winner with 2 hits (3B), Bill Bissen 2 doubles. Manning 2 hits
2-2            *Ravenna 5, NM 3             NM commits 5 errors as Arlyn Zach wins for Ravenna
2-3            *Fremont 6, NM 5              Bissen 2 hits
3-3           NM 18, WM Christian 7   
Bissen 3 hits
4-3           NM 7, Coopersville 0
        Bill Shackelford 3-hitter, 13 K’s; Shackelford also 3-for-4 with 2 RBI
5-3           *NM 11, Whitehall 2       
Shackelford 2-hitter; Bob Porter 2 hits
6-3           NM 13, Musk. Heights 11 
Shackelford 5 RBI; Cribbs, Manning HR; Bissen 3 hits
7-3           *NM 16, Ravenna 0
          Shackelford 3-hitter; Manning 4 hits, including double, triple; Moyes 2 hits
7-4            *Reeths-Puffer 4, NM 3      Manning 3 RBI triple; NM five errors
7-5            *Reeths-Puffer 5, NM 1      Porter, Langeland 2 hits
8-5           *NM 6, Fremont 3
            Shackelford no-hitter, 17 K’s
8-6            Muskegon 5, NM 3            Larry Maxwell throws 5-hitter at Norse
8-7           Grand Haven 22, NM 6      GH’s 42nd straight win; Bissen HR; Shackelford 3 hits
9-7           *NM 9, Coopersville 0      Shackelford 2-hitter; Bissen 3 hits; Langeland 2 hits, including double
 

1962 – coach Bruce Benson (13-5 overall; 10-2 in Seaway; 2nd place in Seaway; Whitehall Champs)
After earlier winning the Seaway conference in football and basketball, the Class of 1962 wanted to complete a clean sweep of championships as they headed to Whitehall on the last date of the regular season. The Norse and Vikings each had impressive 10-1 conference records leading up to the big game. Back on April 13, the Norse dealt Whitehall its only conference loss, 5-4. The Norse could have won the Seaway outright if they could somehow have mustered up one little run against Fremont. Gary Frens out-dueled Norse lefty Ron Matthews in 11 innings in a classic 1-0 pitchers’ duel. The winning run for the Packers was tallied on a bunt hit, an error on a pick-off attempt at first base that sent the runner to third base, followed by a wild pitch that sent Dallen Gillen home with the winning run that would doom NM to a second-place finish in the Seaway. In the season finale, future Muskegon sheriff Bob Carter & Company were too much for the Norse and took the championship game with a convincing 8-2 victory. In the second game of the 1962 season, the Norse were on the wrong end of high-school history. Grand Haven took advantage of a charitable Norse pitching staff that gave up 20 walks in setting a state record of 56 wins in a row, a record that would last for more than 40 years. The Norse even out-hit the Bucs, 13-6, in this memorable game. The two other defeats suffered by the Norse came against some of the best competition around. NM lost to a Muskegon Heights team that would have an undefeated season and dropped a 6-3 decision to Muskegon. Against the Big Reds, the Norse were able to muster six hits off future major-league hurler Ray Newman with Tommy Moyes and Charlie Langeland both chipping in doubles in a losing cause. Piece of trivia: Newman would team up with Jim Johnson for a combined no-hitter for the Big Reds, as each pitcher tossed three innings of no-hit ball against Western Michigan Christian. Newman and Johnson would each pitch in the major leagues. The Norse were able to notch a win over long-time nemesis Muskegon Catholic, and they did it in resounding fashion with a 14-0 shutout victory.
 

Record     Score                             Interesting Fact
1-0           NM 6, Montague 5          
Bill Cribbs 2 hits, including HR; Bob Merkle, Charlie Langeland 2 hits
1-1           Grand Haven 13, NM 10     GH state record 56th straight win; NM walks 20
2-1           *NM 5, Whitehall 4           Langeland scores winning run in 7th inning
3-1           NM 14, Musk. Catholic 0   Tracy Hickman 1-hitter; Vince Markie triple
4-1           *NM 11, Ravenna 3           Bennie Manning 2 triples; Langeland triple
4-2            Muskegon 6, NM 3            Tommy Moyes, Charlie Langeland double
5-2           *NM 7, Fremont 5             Bob Hasper 2-run HR for the win
6-2           NM 12, WM Christian 3     Ray Schuiteman wins; Tom Johnson 2 hits
7-2           *NM 8, Coopersville 2      Cribbs 2-hitter and 2 hits, including double
8-2           *NM 9, Orchard View 1     NM scores 8 runs in 5th; Paul Engstrom HR; Hickman double, triple
9-2           *NM 8, Ravenna 4            NM scores 5 runs in 4th; Cribbs, Langeland 2 RBI
10-2 *NM 6, Orchard View 4     NM scores 5 runs in 5th on doubles by Moyes, Langeland & Cribbs
10-3          *Fremont 1, NM 0              Ron Matthews pitches all 11 innings in loss; Fremont scores on WP
10-4         Musk. Heights 16, NM 4    Heights undefeated season; Langeland 2 hits
11-4         *NM 6, Reeths-Puffer 4     Hasper triple; Hickman, Cribbs & Markie doubles
12-4         *NM 18, Coopersville 5     Cribbs 2 triples; Hasper 3 hits
 
13-4         *NM 3, Reeths-Puffer 0    
Hickman wins; Cribbs 2 hits
13-5          *Whitehall 8, NM 2            Whitehall wins Seaway

1963 – coach Lee David (13-5 overall; 10-2 in Seaway; Seaway Champs)
The Norsemen posted another fine season as new head coach Lee David’s first baseball team won the Seaway conference championship. The pitching of Ron Matthews (8-1 record) and the slugging of third baseman Charlie Langeland were pivotal to the success. Matthews posted a pair of sterling one-hit shutouts over Seaway conference foes Ravenna and Reeths-Puffer to lead the pitching corps. Langeland’s home run was the winning blow in a 5-4 nailbiter with Coopersville and led the Norse to a big win over Orchard View with a triple and a double. He also had four hits in a losing cause against the Muskegon Reds in an early season contest, two more than posted by Muskegon star and future major leaguer Jim Johnson. As any avid Norse fan can tell you, this is the same Jim Johnson who would become Superintendent of Schools at North Muskegon in the 1980s. Shortly after Johnson passed away in 1987, the current baseball field that dates back to 1920 was named in Johnson’s honor.
 

Record  Score                            Interesting Fact
0-1            *Fremont 3, NM 1              NM only 3 hits, including 2 by Tom Johnson
1-1           *NM 8, Whitehall 3
           Ron Matthews 2-hitter
1-2           Grand Haven 7, NM 0        Tracey Hickman 2 hits
2-2           *NM 9, Orchard View 5   
Charlie Langeland triple, double
2-3            Muskegon 12, NM 4           Langeland 4 hits        
3-3           NM 7, Montague 6
4-3           NM 6, Musk. Catholic 3
4-4            *Coopersville 8, NM 6
5-4           *NM 5, Ravenna 0
            Ron Matthews 1-hitter; Johnson 4 hits; Langeland HR
6-4           *NM 4, Reeths-Puffer 0   
Matthews 1-hitter
7-4           *NM 12, Fremont 2
7-5           Musk. Heights 10, NM 1
8-5           *NM 10, Whitehall 3
          Hickman 3 hits
9-5           *NM 5, Orchard View 2
    8 innings; Langeland GW triple
10-5         *NM 5, Coopersville 4
      Langeland HR
11-5         *NM 7, Ravenna 3
            Ron Coverly 3-run HR; Bob Walters 2 hits
12-5         *NM 10, Reeths-Puffer 0   Matthews tosses 5-inning no-hitter
13-5         NM 3, Montague 2            NM wins on double steal in 7th inning
              

1964 – coach Lee David (14-8 overall; 9-5 in Seaway; xx place in Seaway; XXXX Champs)
The Norse added one more win in 1964 to set a new mark for most wins in a season. It should be pointed out, that in fairness to the outstanding teams before them, the 1964 schedule was made up of 22 games. The Norse had a talented three-man rotation throughout the season in Jerry Ray, John Pattenger and Rick DeBruyn. Ray posted two shutouts in his eight-victory season during the campaign while Pattenger chipped in with another whitewash. DeBruyn came on strong and posted an ERA of 2.63. The trio posted a collective ERA of 1.99 with Ray the workhorse of the staff by posting a 1.65 ERA. Ironically, Pattenger, as did Bill Shackelford in 1961, pitched a no-hitter, but did not get a shutout in an 11-1 pasting of Fruitport. Coach Lee David’s squad posted a 9-5 record in the Seaway but was not able to duplicate their championship effort from 1963. Among their five losses in the Seaway was a 3-0 loss to Coopersville that featured a no-hit effort by Bronco hurler Larry Troutwine. The Norse received some timely hitting throughout their excellent season from catcher Bob Walters, DeBruyn, Mike Senecal, Bob Rea and Skippy Spier.
 

Record  Score                            Interesting Fact
1-0           *NM 5, Reeths-Puffer 1
     Jerry Ray 10 K’s; Bob Walters bases-loaded triple
1-1            *Ravenna 3, NM 0             John Pattenger 12 K’s in 5 innings
2-1           NM 6, Musk. Catholic 0
    Ray 11 K’s; Mike Senecal HR
2-2            *Coopersville 3, NM 0        NM no-hit by Larry Troutwine; Pattenger gives up 3 hits
2-3           WM Christian 7, NM 3       NM scores 2 runs a double steals
2-4            *Whitehall 3, NM 0            Norse only have 2 hits as Ray gives up 1 earned run & 3 hits
3-4           NM 2, Grand Haven 1
      Rick DeBruyn 4-hitter; NM wins with only 2 hits (Senecal & Tom Thiele)
3-5           Mona Shores 5, NM 3       Walters single, HR; MS scores go-ahead run in 7th on missed pop-up
4-5           *NM 5, Fremont 0
            Ray wins; Bob Rea double, HR; Senecal, DeBruyn 2 hits
5-5           *NM 11, Fruitport 1         
John Pattenger no-hitter; Skippy Spier 2 hits
6-5           *NM 5, Reeths-Puffer 3
   Ray wins; Walters, Don Johnson, DeBruyn 2 hits
6-6            *Ravenna 11, NM 6           NM commits 7 errors; Senecal, Jim Schillaci 2 hits
7-6           *NM 4, Coopersville 2
     Pattenger 1-hitter, 12 K’s
8-6           NM 7, Montague 2
          Ray 2-hitter, 10 K’s; Tom Cribbs 2 hits, including HR, Thiele 2 hits
8-7            *Orchard View 3, NM 2     Thiele 2 hits
9-7           *NM 4, Whitehall 3
         Ray 9 K’s; Cribbs double; Thiele 2-run single
10-7         *NM 14, Fruitport 2
         DeBruyn winner; Cribbs, Walters 2 hits
10-8          Muskegon 6, NM 0           Ray loses
11-8         NM 3, Montague 0
          Pattenger wins; DeBruyn 2 hits
12-8         *NM 4, Fremont 1
           Ray wins; Spier HR, Walters 2 hits
13-8         *NM 5, Orchard View 2  
DeBruyn winning pitcher & 4 hits, 4 RBI
14-8         NM 11, Spring Lake 6     Ray wins, finishes 8-1; DeBruyn HR; Spier, Walters, Don Johnson 2 hits
 

1965 – coach Lee David (3-8 overall; 3-7 in Seaway; xx place in Seaway; Orchard View Champs)
In coach Lee David’s final year as the NM skipper, this season would signal at least a temporary end of baseball prosperity on the Northside for the next few seasons. However, this final record is incomplete as some Seaway conference game reports are missing, including three of the last four scheduled games. It is likely that two of those missing games were Norse losses, according to Muskegon Chronicle reports for 1965. Only Bob Senecal, Bob Rea, and former Little-League home run-hitting phenom Tom Cribbs returned from the successful 1964 squad, and the Norse dropped the first seven games of the season. Cribbs produced perhaps NM’s most shining memory from 1965 when the stocky right-hander hurled a four-hitter in a 7-2 Norse victory over Fruitport. The low point for the Norse could well have been their failure to get any hits on April 27 vs. the offerings of Orchard View pitcher Tom Waggoner. Unfortunately for NM baseball fans, the immediate future wouldn’t get any better. NOTE: Muskegon Chronicle said NM was 3-9 in Seaway following win over Ravenna.
 

Record  Score                         Interesting Fact
0-1            *Fruitport 9, NM 0 Mike Senecal, Bob Ray, Jim Middleton have only NM hits
0-2            *Fremont 17, NM 8 Ray 2 doubles; Andy Dagen, Jim Osborne 2 hits; Tom Cribbs HR
0-3            *Orchard View 8, NM 0 NM no-hit by Tom Waggoner
0-4            *Reeths-Puffer 7, NM 6      Roy Richardson 2 hits, 3 RBI
0-5            *Ravenna 7, NM 6             Cribbs 2 hits, including double
0-6            *Coopersville 13, NM 10    Ray 2 hits, including double; Wes Wegner triple
0-7            *Whitehall 9, NM 2            Roger Vanderlaan, Senecal only 2 hits off Vikings' Bob Mutthart
1-7           *NM 7, Fruitport 2
             Cribbs 4-hitter, 12 K's; also, double and 3 RBI
1-8            Muskegon 8, NM 0             Dagen has only hit off Muskegon's Tom Klett
2-8           *NM 6, Fremont 5            NM wins on Richardson's 2-run HR in 6th inning
3-8           *NM 5, Ravenna 2
           Pat Kersh wins; Osborne 4-for-4

1966 – coach Fritz Wagner (3-11 overall; 3-11 in Seaway; xx place in Seaway; Fruitport Champs)
North Muskegon’s last year in their six-year stint in the Seaway would prove be less than memorable for long-time followers of Norsemen baseball. The Norse, under first-year coach Fritz Wagner, would post a 3-11 record against an all-Seaway Conference lineup. The only non-conference games on the schedule vs. Muskegon and Muskegon Catholic were rained out and never rescheduled. Big sticks were missing from the NM offense throughout the season as the Norsemen were shut out five times (including the final three games), one of the lowest offensive outputs in NM history (only 40 runs scored in 14 games). The Norse did rebound from the poorest offensive output of the season after being no-hit in their season opener by Fruitport’s Ron Stroup by racking up a season-high nine runs in their next outing, a 9-7 win over Fremont.
 

Record  Score                            Interesting Fact
0-1            *Fruitport 10, NM 0             NM no-hit by Ron Stroup
1-1           *NM 9, Fremont 7             Dave Marchido 3-run HR; Andy Dagen HR; Jim Osborne 3 hits
1-2            *Spring Lake 12, NM 4       Pat Kersh, Ray Richardson double
1-3            *Ravenna 6, NM 3
1-4            *Reeths-Puffer 5, NM 0
2-4           *NM 5, Fruitport 4             Marchido, Osborne 2 hits; NM ralllied with 4 hits after 2 outs in 7th inning
2-5            *Fremont 8, NM 4             Tom Cribbs HR; Wes Wegner 2 hits
2-6            *Spring Lake 14, NM 4       Larry Aldrige 4 hits for Lakers
2-7            *Coopersville 3, NM 2        8 innings; Cribbs 2 hits; Coopersville scores unearned run in 8th inning
2-8            *Ravenna 6, NM 3             Pete Speier 2 hits; Dagan double
3-8           *NM 6, Whitehall 5           8 innings; Richardson's double scores Larry Carter with winning run
3-9            *Whitehall 1, NM 0             Dave Arneburd loses five inning, 1-hitter
3-10          *Reeths-Puffer 13, NM 0    Marchido double
3-11          *Coopersville 17, NM 0
      Osborne double


1967 – coach Fritz Wagner (1-13 overall; 1-9 in WMC; 6th place in WMC; Montague Champs)
The return to the familiar haunts of the West Michigan Conference didn’t meet with any more success for the baseballers, who were able to muster but one victory during the season, a 7-0 shut-out victory over Shelby. Pat Kersh picked up the victory with help from future Northern Michigan University quarterback Pete Speier, who chipped in with three hits to aid the winning cause. Again, it was a lack of hitting that doomed the Norse from posting a better season. Following a 1966 season that saw the Norse hit a career low with having five scoreless games, the 1967 batsmen fared even worse, only scoring 33 runs in 14 games. NM finally put some wood on the ball in it seventh game, a 7-6 loss to Oakridge. The Norse tallied 13 hits against the Eagles, more than they totaled in their first six games combined. Opponents’ hurlers blanked the Norse five times, capped by a season-ending 1-0 shutout tossed at NM by Shelby’s Gene Gifford. The future long-time basketball coach at Muskegon Community College won a tight pitching duel over Kersh to make amends for NM’s only victory. Kersh was certainly a hard-luck pitcher, losing two 1-0 games while compiling an ERA around the 2.00 mark. While the 1966 team averaged 2.86 runs per game, this squad managed to score just 2.36 runs per game. These two averages are easily the two lowest outputs in school history. The only reported home runs hit by the Norse came late in the season off the bats of Jim Osborne and Roger Vanderlaan.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 WM Christian 4, NM 0 Dave Marchido has only hit off Steve DeWall
0-2 Fruitport 1, NM 0 Dave Arneberg loses; Pat Kersh, Pete Speier (double) only NM hits
0-3 Whitehall 8, NM 0 Hoby Thrasher wins for Whitehall; Kersh, Mike Hooper only NM hits
0-4 *Scottville 4, NM 1 Spier, Kurt Boyd, Andy Dagen only NM hits
0-5 *Montague 14, NM 1 Boyd, Speier, Roger Vanderlaan only NM hits
0-6 *Hart 1, NM 0 Hart scores winning run on throwing error off a bunt single
0-7 *Oakridge 7, NM 6 NM has 13 hits; Speier, Boyd 2 hits
1-7 *NM 7, Shelby 0 Kersh wins; Speier 3 hits
1-8 *Scottville 11, NM 2
1-9 *Montague 6, NM 3 Marchido, Kersh 2 hits
1-10 Ravenna 5, NM 4 Ravenna scores winning run in 7th inning
1-11 *Hart 6, NM 5 9 innings; Jim Osborne HR
1-12 *Oakridge 8, NM 4 Vanderlaan HR
1-13 *Shelby 1, NM 0 8 innings; Kersh loses to Shelby’s Gene Gifford



1968 – coach Fritz Wagner (3-10 overall; 2-8 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Montague Champs)
The struggles continued for the Norse, as coach Fritz Wagner’s crew was able to win just three games while suffering 10 defeats. It had become clearly apparent that many of the superior Norse athletes were running track for veteran track coach Wes Bunks. Bunks’ track teams were in the midst of putting together a winning streak in dual track meets that would surpass more than 30 consecutive meets. Dave Arneberg hurled a nifty three-hit shutout over Scottville for one of the three wins. Pete Speier homered and Tom Burmeister had three hits in the Norse’s best offensive production in 1968, a 13-11 slugfest win over Fruitport. What was shocking about this win was Fruitport would go onto a 14-3 record and win the Seaway Conference title. The Ravenna Bulldogs snatched a seemingly fourth victory away from the Norse, as it appeared the Norsemen were headed for an easy victory. Holding a comfortable 8-2 lead heading into the final stanza, Ravenna crushed the Norse spirit by rallying for a 9-8 victory. Junior catcher Richard Bailey led the Norse in hitting with a batting average of .389. 

Record Score                   Interesting Fact
0-1           WM Christian 7, NM 3      Kurt Boyd 2 hits
1-1           *NM 2, Scottville 0
           Dave Arneberg 3-hitter; NM scores on 3 walks & 2 errors
1-2            *Montague 3, NM 2           Boyd loses; Pete Speier's double in 6th inning was NM's first hit
1-3            Ravenna 9, NM 8              Ravenna scores 7 runs in 7th inning; Spier double, triple
1-4           *Hart win, NM loss
2-4           NM 13, Fruitport 11
          Speier HR; Tom Burmeister 3 hits
2-5            *Oakridge 5, NM 1            Future Oakridge basketball coach Dick Stine tosses 2-hitter vs. NM
3-5           *NM 7, Shelby 4
               Burmeister, Richard Bailey 2 hits
3-6            *Scottville 14, NM 2
3-7            *Montague 10, NM 5         Barry Gordon 2 hits, including grand slam
3-8           *Hart win, NM loss
3-9            *Oakridge 24, NM 0          Stine again shuts down Norse on 2 hits; Bailey, Boyd only hits
3-10          *Shelby win, NM loss



1969 – coach Fritz Wagner (1-12-1 overall; 1-10-1 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Hart Champs)
Coach Fritz Wagner was hopeful of an improved Norse team to man the diamond. Five regulars returned from the previous year, but unfortunately for Norse fans, it would be another dreadful season on the Northside. The Blue & Gold was able to win but one game, an early season 7-3 victory over Ravenna. An omen for 1969 was given in the opening game of the season. Kurt Boyd pitched a no-hitter, but his teammates gave him little support, committing 10 errors as the Norse defense allowed five unearned runs to cross the plate in a 5-2 loss to Montague. The Norse did settle for a tie in their rematch with the ‘Cats with rain stopping the game at 3-3. Long-time Norse followers were anxious for this carnage to come to an end. 

Record  Score                     Interesting Fact
0-1            *Montague 5, NM 2           Kurt Boyd loses no-hitter; NM commits 10 errors; Jim Vanderweele triple
1-1            *NM 7, Ravenna 3           Tom Burmeister 4-hitter; Mike Patton triple
1-2            *Hart 13, NM 10                NM pitchers walk 10; Greg Taylor HR
1-3            Orchard View 8, NM 4       NM only has 4 hits
1-4            Fremont 14, NM 1             Four NM pitchers walk 15
1-5            *Shelby 8, NM 2
1-6            *Oakridge 9, NM 1            Oakridge's Dick Stine tosses 1-hitter; Boyd triple
1-7            *Ravenna 7, NM 1             NM only 3 hits; Vanderweele, Richard Bailey, Patton
1-7-1         *NM 3, Montague 3            Burmeister pitches all 9 innings; Mike Barry, Bailey, Vanderweele 2 hits
1-8-1         *Mason CC 7, NM 1          NM's only run scores on an RBI single by Bailey, scoring Barry, who doubled
1-9-1         *Mason CC 9, NM 3          Barry HR; Vanderweele double
1-10-1       *Hart 10, NM 0                 
1-11-1       *Shelby 3, NM 2               Shelby wins on WP in 8th inning; Taylor 2 hits; Jim Dagen, Burmeister triple
1-12-1       *Oakridge 9, NM 6             Vanderweele 3 hits, including double; Burmeister 2 hits; Dagen 2 RBI

1970 – coach Larry Blackmer (4-9 overall; 4-6 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Shelby & Montague co-Champs)
Departing coach Fritz Wagner was only too glad to hand over the coaching reins to new head coach Larry Blackmer. Wagner had suffered through a four-year period where his teams were only able to muster eight wins against a painful 46 defeats and one tie. Norse football coach Tom Seroczynski’s gridders were in the midst of winning their third of five straight WMC conference championships while Wes Bunks boasted of a track team that took its dual meet consecutive winning streak of 33 in a row into the 1970 season. Coach Blackmer was enthused in early season tryouts when 28 players reported for early season workouts, including 15 freshmen and sophomores. The Norse got off to a woeful start, dropping their first six games of the season, which made it 18 games in a row without a win (there was one tie in that stretch), before getting into the win column with a 14-3 pasting of Oakridge. The 17-game losing streak is the longest in school history. Although the Norsemen were unable to mount a winning season, the future certainly looked more promising as they finished the season with three straight conference wins. NOTE: Potentially missing three games. 

Record   Score                          Interesting Fact
0-1            *Montague 13, NM 3         Jim Dagen 2 hits
0-2            *Ravenna 9, NM 1             Apollo 13 lands safely; Jim Ray lone NM RBI
0-3            *Mason CC win, NM loss
0-4            WM Christian 18, NM 3     NM only 4 hits
0-5            *Hart 7, NM 3                   Hart has 6 unearned runs; Mike Patton 2 hits
0-6            Shelby win, NM loss
1-6            *NM 14, Oakridge 3          Greg Taylor HR, double; Tom Kesteloot HR
1-7            Orchard View 6, NM 4       OV scores 2 unearned runs in 7th inning; Patton 2 hits, including triple
1-8            *Montague 8, NM 4           Patton, Kurt Boyd 2 hits; Taylor triple
1-9            *Scottville 5, NM 4             NM loses when catchers drops ball on throw from outfield
2-9            *NM 13, Hart 8                 Chris Hillman, Patton, Rick Anderegg 2 hits
3-9            *NM 5, Shelby 4              
Anderegg GW RBI in 8th inning; Taylor 2 hits 

4-9            *NM 10, Oakridge 9        Brad Carlson GW single in 7th inning; Patton 3 hits; Mark Anderson HR



1971 – coach Larry Blackmer (6-10 overall; 5-7 in WMC; 3rd place in WMC; Ravenna Champs)
The Norse improved slightly during the 1971 season by moving into the winner’s circle six times. Again, the Norsemen got out of the blocks slowly by dropping their first four games before rebounding against newly renamed Mason County Central (formerly Scottville). Rick Anderegg mowed the Spartans down by fanning 15 batters in a 5-3 NM victory. Rick Jones, NM’s all-time No. 1 quarterback who directed NM to a perfect 8-0 record during the football season, had three hits in NM’s 9-6 triumph over Montague. In the final contest of the season, an 8-5 win over Hart, the Norse defense pulled off a triple play, one of only three reported triple plays in school history (1947 and 2004 the others). NOTE: Missing final game with Oakridge. Also, state tournament began in 1971, but NM did not enter for some reason.

Record Score                    Interesting Fact
0-1            Fruitport 12, NM 5             Chris Hilllman 2 hits, including double
0-2            *Montague 4, NM 1           Rick Jones only NM hit
0-3           WM Christian 5, NM 1       Tom Kesteloot's single drives in only NM run
0-4            *Ravenna 6, NM 3             Art Hirsh HR
1-4           *NM 5, Mason CC 3
          Rick Anderegg 2-hitter, 15 K’s; Jim Dagen 2 hits
1-5           *Hart 16, NM 12                 Hart rallies for 6 runs in 6th inning; Anderegg HR
2-5           NM 12, Whitehall 11         NM rallies for 4 runs in 7th inning; Ken Anderson 2 hits
3-5           *NM win, Shelby loss
3-6            *Oakridge 8, NM 3             Dagen 2 hits, including HR
3-7            Orchard View 7, NM 1       Merles Swanson 2 hits, including double; Mike Schalk RBI single
4-7           *NM 9, Montague 6
          Jones 3 hits, 5 RBI; Anderson 2 hits, including double
4-8            *Ravenna 8, NM 3             Dagen 3-run HR
5-8           *NM 7, Mason CC 1          Anderegg 3-hitter, 10 K's; Anderson 2 hits
6-8           *NM 8, Hart 5                   
NM turns triple play; Mark Anderson HR; Swanson 2 hits
6-9            *Shelby 6, NM 1 
              M. Anderson's sacrifice fly knocks in only run
6-10         *Oakridge 4, NM 3

1972 – coach Larry Blackmer (12-7 overall; 11-1 in WMC; WMC Champs)
After seven straight losing seasons, the Norse put it all together by capturing the West Michigan Conference championship. The season began with back-to-back losses, including a 12-9 loss to Whitehall when the Vikings scored seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase an 8-5 Norse lead. Six of those runs came after two were already out; however, the Norse would not let those early setbacks get in the way. Spearheading the 12-7 season were the Norse foursome of Rick Jones, Rick Anderegg, Greg Dean and Larry Williams. Jones, who quarterbacked the Norse football team to a No. 1 state ranking in the Class C football polls, was the leading home-run hitter for the Blue & Gold with five. Dean, who hit at a .481 clip, is the father of future Norse power hitters Geoff and Mike Dean in the 2000s. Greg would be the first Dean to clear the friendly left-field fence on the Northside during an 11-8 victory over Hart. Anderegg showed a lively arm once again in 1971 with a 12-strikeout performance against WMC while 1972 would mark the arrival of reed-thin freshman Larry Williams. Although Williams would be best remembered as one of NM’s all-time best pitchers, he hit a robust .400 in 1972. This season would mark several milestones in North Muskegon baseball history. It would signal the first appearance for the Norse in the Muskegon County tournament and their first in a recently created state play-off format. Sadly for Norse fans, they would drop their first-ever appearances in both, dropping a County tourney game to Mona Shores (4-0) and losing their first pre-District game to Western Michigan Christian (11-4). The other milestone accomplished by the 1972 club is one that is hard to believe: it would be the final West Michigan Conference championship won by the Norse until the 2008 squad took home the title.  

Record  Score                          Interesting Fact
0-1            Fruitport win, NM loss
0-2            Whitehall 12, NM 9            Rick Jones loses; Jones HR, 3 RBI; Tom Achterhof 2 hits
1-2           *NM 4, Montague 3
          Rick Anderegg wins; Mike Schalk, Larry Williams 2 hits
1-3           WM Christian 11, NM 1      Jeff Kersch loses; NM pitchers allowed 14 hits
2-3           *NM 4, Ravenna 1
            Jones wins; Jones 3-run HR; Schalk 3-for-3
3-3           *NM 2, Mason CC 1
          Jones 7 K’s; 2 hits (Greg Dean, Ken Anderson)
4-3           *NM 11, Hart 8
                  Mark Anderson wins; Dean 3-run HR; Schalk, Williams 2 hits
4-4            Orchard View 3, NM 1        Reid Raymor loses; Jones HR
5-4           *NM 10, Shelby 0              M. Anderson wins; Jones 3-run triple; Dean single, double, 3 RBI
6-4           *NM 4, Oakridge 2
            Jones wins; Jerry Brevick 3 hits, including a double
7-4           *NM 12, Montague 4
        Anderegg 8 K’s; Jones 2 doubles
8-4           *NM 5, Ravenna 3
            M. Anderson wins; Jones, Anderegg 2 hits
9-4           *NM 9, Mason CC 1
          Jones wins; M. Anderson HR; Jones, Anderegg single, double
10-4         NM 6, WM Christian 4
      Anderegg 12 K’s; Jones, M. Anderson 3 hits
11-4         *NM 5, Hart 3
                    M. Anderson wins; Dean 3 hits; Schalk, Jones 2 hits
11-5          *Shelby 6, NM 3                Kersch loses; Jones HR; K. Anderson 2 hits
12-5         *NM 11, Oakridge 10
        10 innings; Jones wins; NM 5 runs in 7th; K. Anderson 5 singles
12-6         Mona Shores 4, NM 0        1st County tournament game for NM; M. Anderson loses
12-7         WM Christian 11, NM 6      1st pre-District game; Anderegg loses; Dean single, 2-run triple 

1973 – coach Larry Blackmer (10-5 overall; 7-3 in WMC; 2nd place in WMC; Hart Champs)
The Norse put together another successful season and moved into a tie for first with Hart following an extra-inning win over the Pirates on May 17. The Norse needed a WMC season-ending doubleheader sweep over Oakridge to earn a share of the crown but had to settle for a split against the Eagles. Current NM principal Jim VanBergen, a regular on the Hart Pirate nine can boast about his conference championship, but Norse fans will be quick to point out who handed the Pirates both of the losses. A bit of history took place prior to the Norse nine-inning battle with the title-winning Pirates. On May 14, sophomore Larry Williams, who batted .360 for the season, knocked in two runs in the 15th inning to give the Norsemen a 7-6 win over Mason County Central, the longest game in NM history. Half of the Norse victories were decided by one run, including a pair of thrillers over Western Michigan Christian. The Norse took the first win versus their cross-town rival, 7-6, with the big blow being a three-run home run by Reid Raymour. The second win took place in the pre-districts with Mark Anderson hurling a one-hitter over the Warriors. The game-winning blow was Williams' two-run single in the seventh that sent the Norse fans home happy. The successful season came to an end, but not before the Norse put up a good fight, against Kent City, the top-ranked team in Class C, according to the latest AP poll. If not for a wild streak where NM pitchers allowed 14 walks, the Norse could very well have pulled off the upset. NOTE: North Muskegon did not play in the County tournament. 

Record  Score                       Interesting Fact
0-1           *Ravenna win, NM loss
1-1           *NM 8, Mason CC 7          Larry Williams 2 hits, including a double
2-1           *NM 6, Montague 3          Reid Raymour wins; Raymour 2 hits
3-1
           *NM 10, Hart 4                  Raymour 3-run HR; Jeff Kersh 2 doubles, including GW RBI
4-1           NM 7, WM Christian 6
      8 innings; Raymour 3-run HR
5-1           *NM 4, Shelby 1              Raymour 4-hitter; Raymour 2 hits
5-2            *Ravenna 4, NM 2             Brent Holcomb, Mark Anderson 2 hits; Williams double
6-2           *NM 7, Mason CC 6          15 innings; Williams 2-run double in 15th for win
7-2
           *NM 2, Hart 1                    9 innings vs. WMC champs; Greg Dean GW double in 9th
7-3           WM Christian 10, NM 0      Mark Riekels no-hits NM
8-3           *NM win, Shelby loss
9-3           *NM 8, Oakridge 7           Williams bloop single sins game; Anderson, Raymour HR
9-4           *Oakridge 3, NM 1             Williams loses; Eagles score 2 unearned runs in 1st inning
10-4         NM 3, WM Christian 2      Pre-District; Anderson 1-hitter; Williams 2-run single in 7th; Dean 2 RBI
10-5         Kent City 7, NM 4              District; NM allows 14 walks to No. 1 Class C team; Raymour 3-run HR 

1974 – coach Larry Blackmer (5-10 overall; 4-8 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Hart Champs)
If only Larry Williams could have pitched every game for the Norsemen! Final stats reported to the Muskegon Chronicle revealed an outstanding season for the junior right-hander. Williams fanned 92 batters while compiling an earned run average of 0.78, picking up all five of NM’s wins, including a six-inning no-hitter in a pre-district win over Pentwater. Coach Blackmer's decision to save Williams for the district championship game proved disastrous as Holton scored six runs early in the 8-3 semi-final loss for the Norse. Speedy outfielder Jeff Guy, whose father Stan was a legendary football star and NM’s only All-Dream team honoree in 1954, swiped 22 bases during the 1974 season. NOTE: North Muskegon did not participate in County tournament. 

Record  Score                         Interesting Fact
0-1            *
Mason CC 11, NM 9         Game played in rain & snow
0-2            *Ravenna 1, NM 0             Reid Raymour loses 2-hitter
1-2           *NM 4, Shelby 3              10 innings; Larry Williams wins in relief, 11 K's; Tom Achterhoff GW single
1-3            *Oakridge 3, NM 1             Williams 3-hitter, 10 K's
1-4            *Montague 3, NM 2           Raymour loses; NM loses on 2 errors in 6th inning; Jeff Guy, Raymour 2 hits
1-5            Orchard View 10, NM 0      Don Beattie 5-inning no-hitter           
1-6           *Hart 4, NM 2
1-7           *Hart 10, NM 6                 Achterhoff 2 hits
2-7           *NM 2, Mason CC 1         
Williams 2-hitter; NM wins on walk-off balk call
2-8            *Oakridge 7, NM 2
3-8           *NM 4, Montague 1
4-8           *NM 5, Ravenna 2  
4-9            *Shelby 2, NM 1               Shelby's Rick Zoulek 1-hitter; Bruce Bos only NM hit
5-9           NM 10, Pentwater 0        Pre-district; Williams 6-inning no-hitter, 15 K's; Williams 2 hits; Guy 3 SB
5-10          Holton 8, NM 3                  Districts 

1975 – coach Dave Warmack (11-7 overall; 7-5 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Oakridge/Ravenna Champs)
Dave Warmack served as the head coach of the Norse for the 1975 season and piloted the Northsiders to a successful campaign. Larry Williams had a spectacular season for the Norsemen winning 10 of the 11 games where NM finished on top. With an ERA of .071, Williams still possesses the two of the top seasons, ERA-wise, in NM history. Williams also fanned 154 opponents in 1975, a mark that hurlers are still trying to match. Williams set the tempo for the season by tossing a four-hitter in a 3-1 early April victory over Fruitport. Williams pitched a pair of shutouts in 1975 and in five other outings gave up only a single tally. One of those one-run outings came against Ravenna when Williams lost a 1-0 pitchers’ duel to current Shelby head coach Brian Wright. The Bulldogs' only run was unearned when Wright scored on a catcher's overthrow of third base. Williams, a tall, slender and bespectacled hurler, came back in the County tournament to fan 15 Bulldogs in a 4-0 whitewash of Ravenna. The win over the Bulldogs was the Norsemen’s first win in the four-year history of the County tournament. Supplying the big hit in the contest played at historic Marsh Field was a three-run home run by Terry Warmack, the younger brother of the Norse head coach. Williams, who would have a marvelous career at Central Michigan University, before embarking on a career in the Kansas City farm system where he would make it to the Double A level, was no slouch at the plate either. Williams lashed out five hits in NM’s 13-12 slugfest victory over Montague. NOTE: This season marked the first season of JV baseball with Ben Quick serving as head coach. 

Record  Score                          Interesting Fact
1-0           NM 3, Fruitport 1             Larry Williams 4-hitter; Williams triple
1-1            *Ravenna 3, NM 2             Williams triple; Jeff Guy 2 hits
2-1           *NM 6, Mason CC 3         Williams 2-hitter, 12 K's; Ed McPherson, Guy double
3-1           *NM 1, Hart 0
                    Williams 1-hitter, 15 K’s; Guy 2 hits, including triple
4-1           *NM 8, Shelby 6
               Williams 14 K’s; Guy 3 hits; Shelby scores 6 unearned runs
4-2            *Oakridge 3, NM 0             Terry Warmack, the coach's brother, has only 2 NM hits
5-2           *NM 6, Montague 1
          Williams 2-hitter, 14 K’s; Warmack 2 doubles
5-3            *Ravenna 1, NM 0             Williams loses; Williams 2 hits, including triple
6-3           *NM 6, Mason CC 1          Reid Raymour wins; Bruce Bos 2 HR; Guy 2 hits 
7-3           *NM 9, Hart 2
                    Williams wins; Warmack 2 HR, double, 6 RBI
8-3           NM 10, Hesperia 1           
Pre-District; Williams 3-hitter, 15 K's
8-4            *Shelby win, NM loss
8-5            *Oakridge 9, NM 8             Oakridge scores 4 unearned runs in 7th; Williams HR; Randy Breen 2 hits
9-5           *NM 13, Montague 12
       Williams 5 hits
9-6            Ravenna 12, NM 1             District; Williams HR
10-6         NM 4, Ravenna 0
              County; Williams 15 K’s; Warmack 3-run HR
11-6         NM 6, Fruitport 5              County; Breen, Warmack (GW RBI), Williams (double) 2 hits
11-7         Musk. Catholic 7, NM 0     County finals; Williams 11 K's; Guy 2 hits; MCC scores 6 unearned runs
 

1976 – coach Ben Quick (3-12 overall; 2-9 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Ravenna Champs)
The next four years would see the Norse suffer through some lean seasons. Former Mason County Central alumnus Ben Quick would take over the baseball program from his good friend Dave Warmack for the 1976 and ‘77 seasons. Quick's alma mater didn't treat his Norsemen kindly in his first game as NM coach as the Spartans pummeld NM, 13-2, in teh season opener. In the Norse’s lone non-conference victory, Roger Crawford blasted four hits in a 9-8 NM victory over cross-town rival Western Michigan Christian. One of the Norsemen’s two WMC victories came over Shelby when the Norse came out on top in a 6-3 victory. The second match-up between The Norsemen and the Tigers would be decidedly different. The Tigers ‘dimed’ the Norsemen 11-0 with long-time Shelby basketball coach Rick Zoulek throwing a five-inning, no-hitter against the Norse. Coach Quick’s squad couldn’t have been too disappointed in their final loss of the 1976 season when they lost to Ravenna. The Bulldogs not only won the WMC but also made it all the way to the state championship game before losing in the state finals to perennial power Blissfield. NOTE: Second game of DH with Hart rained out. 

Record  Score                          Interesting Fact
0-1            *Mason CC 13, NM 2        Terry Warmack HR
0-2            Fruitport 11, NM 1             NM has only two hits off Fruitport's Ken Jett
0-3           WM Christian 11, NM 1     Warmack triple, double in 5-inning game
1-3           *NM 6, Shelby 3              Warmack 3-hitter; Warmack (triple), Bert Jackson 2 hits
1-4            *Oakridge 6, NM 1            Kevin DeForest has only hit against Oakridge's Harry Whiteman
1-5            *Montague 7, NM 3           NM has only 4 hits
1-6            Muskegon 13, NM 3          County tournament; Big Reds score 12 runs in 1st inning
1-7            *Ravenna 6, NM 0             Jeff Stork has only hit against Ravenna's Joe Coletta
2-7           *NM 4, Hart 2                   NM only 1 hit, double by Roger Crawford; 2nd game of DH rained out
3-7           NM 9, WM Christian 8
     Crawford 4 hits, inclduing game-winner; Dan Dekker 3 hits
3-8            *Shelby 11, NM 0 5 innings; future Shelby basketball coach Rick Zoulek no-hitter
3-9            *Mason CC 10, NM 2 Jackson loses; NM commits 8 errors; Jackson triple
3-10          *Montague 10, NM 9 Pre-District & WMC game; Warmack (triple), John Nedeau 2 hits
3-11          *Ravenna 12, NM 3 
          Brad Coon, Warmack RBI single
3-12         *Oakridge 12, NM 5           NM commits 9 errors; Warmack triple
          



1977 – coach Ben Quick (2-13 overall; 2-10 in WMC; 6th place in WMC; Mason County Central Champs)
The Blue and Gold were only able to win two games with both coming in West Michigan Conference competition, as Ben Quick’s final team was 2-10 in conference action (one of three games vs. Montague was non-conference). One of those wins came in exciting fashion as Roger Crawford belted a home run as NM edged Shelby 9-8 in early April. The other WMC victory was a most improbable victory for the Norse. Just two days after being shutout 10-0 by Oakridge, the Norse reversed the table and defeated the Eagles, 11-1. Crawford nearly helped NM win its third conference battle when he lashed a three-run round tripper against Hart, but the Norse fell one run shy of victory in an 8-7 loss to the Pirates. Mason County Central supplanted Ravenna as WMC champions, and the Spartans showed little mercy of a former Mason County Central alumnus when they pounded the Norse 15-0 in the final game of the 1977 season. Mason County posted a perfect 12-0 record in conference action but lost their important pre-district game to conference rival Ravenna.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 *Hart 5, NM 2 Tim Breen, Joel Stefanitis 2 hits
0-2 *Montague 16, NM 5 John McNally HR
1-2 *NM 9, Shelby 8 9 innings; Roger Crawford HR, double
1-3 *Ravenna 14, NM 0 Bill Motambo no-hits the Norse
1-4 *Mason CC 16, NM 4 NM only 3 hits (Bert Jackson, Randy Breen, Randy Swanson)
1-5 *Hart 8, NM 7 Crawford 3-run HR
1-6 Fruitport 17, NM 3 County tournament
1-7 WM Christian 10, NM 6 Pat Bowen 3 hits
1-8 *Shelby 6, NM 3 Shelby wins first game of season; John Nedeau, Swanson RBI singles
1-9 *Oakridge 10, NM 0 Jackson loses, 8 K's
2-9 *NM 11, Oakridge 1 T. Breen double, triple; R. Breen, Bowen 2 RBI
2-10 *Montague 5, NM 2 R. Breen, Bowen 2 hits; Jackson double
2-11 Whitehall 15, NM 2 Pre-District; Swanson HR; current R-P principal Dan Beckman HR for Vikings
2-12 *Ravenna 9, NM 0 NM loses to Joe Coletta (1-hitter), future Oakridge off. coordinator
2-13 *Mason CC 15, NM 0

1978 – coach Randy Horn (2-13 overall; 2-10 in WMC; 7th place in WMC; Oakridge Champs)
The season would be one of those years that new Norse baseball coach Randy Horn would just as soon forget. The baseball team finished with a disappointing 2-13 record, but those two wins were two more than Coach Horn’s basketball team was able to garner during the winter months. Baseball at North Muskegon did have its upside for coach Horn. Horn would marry the sister of NM baseball legend Larry Williams. If it was any consolation for NM baseball followers, it was that this team was competitive. Only in an 11-1 loss to Oakridge did the Norsemen suffer a double-digit defeat. The highlight of the season was the Norse’s 6-5 victory over Hart when sophomore Steve Preston knocked in the winning run. Roger Crawford blasted at least two home runs.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 *Hart 3, NM 1 Bert Jackson 2-hitter, 14 K's; 3 errors in 7th doom NM; Scott Preston 2 hits
0-2 Musk. Heights 9, NM 3 Pat Bowen 2 hits, including double; Greg Botbyl, Roger Crawford 2 hits
1-2 *NM 5, Shelby 4 8 innings; Botbyl 2-run single ties game; Dave Williams GW double
1-3 *Oakridge 7, NM 0 NM only 3 hits (Jackson, Crawford, Ron Matthews)
1-4 *Montague 11, NM 7 Botbyl 2-run single
1-5 *Ravenna 12, NM 2 Ravenna scores 9 runs in 1st inning; Botbyl 2 hits
1-6 Oakridge 11, NM 1 County tournament; NM 1 hit in 5 inning game
1-7 *Mason CC 11, NM 8 Crawford 2 hits, including triple; Doug Laurin 2 hits
2-7 *NM 6, Hart 5 Steve Preston GW RBI; Botbyl 3 hits
2-8 *Shelby 8, NM 6 Matthews 2-run single; Andy Shirley RBI single
2-9 *Oakridge 10, NM 3 Oakridge wins 9th straight WMC game
2-10 *Montague 5, NM 4 Pre-District too; Wildcats score on 3 passed balls and error; Preston 2 hits
2-11 *Ravenna 12, NM 6 Crawford 3-run HR
2-12 WM Christian 9, NM 6 Jackson 3 hits, including 2 triples; Crawford HR
2-13 *Mason CC 6, NM 5 9 innings; Spartans' Dale Swanson ends game with walk-off HR



1979 – coach Randy Horn (1-14 overall; 1-11 in WMC; 7th place in WMC; Ravenna/Hart/MCC co-Champs)
The Norse battled hard again during the 1979 but suffered through another dismal won-loss season. NM was able to win one game during a 15-game season, a 9-7 victory over Montague. Freshman Sam Parker hit a pair of home runs during the campaign, both against Montague. Parker’s home run in the second Montague game, to go along with a couple of other hits, was the difference in the lone Norse victory on the season. Submariner Kevin Ware picked up the only win by a Norse pitcher. Symbolic of the Norse season was a 3-2 loss to Oakridge when the defense committed eight errors in a tight defeat. The loss to Oakridge was the 11th loss in a row for the Norsemen before they snapped their losing streak against Montague. Steve Preston had a fine offensive season for the Norsemen with a .439 batting average for the season. Interesting sidenote from Steve Preston, who was a red-shirt freshman quarterback at Northern Michigan University in the fall of 1981. Preston said: "We were ranked No. 1 in country going into the playoffs. I was the second-string QB. We had a fantastic season beating Witchita State, North Dakota State (one of the teams that made it to the National Championship game) and others. We won our quarterfinal game convincingly against Elizabeth City North Carolina (I played the entire second half), so we qualified to play Southwest Texas, down there, in a national semi-final game. I got the start only because the first QB got sick. It was a very significant game for the times. We were #1, they were #2, and the game was actually on regional ABC TV. The big significance for Jim Moyes (who did the research for much of this baseball history) and my family was more fate and irony. As it turns out, not only did I get the start and the game was on TV, but it was the last game my father ever saw me play. He died months later from melanoma. Another interesting note about that team was that one of my teammates was Mario Ferretti, a fantastic former first baseman for the Norse ('81 grad) who immigrated from the Dominican Republic when he was 15. Mario was a great kicker for both NMU and EMU. Also, I had two other teammates from NMPS -- Greg Cooke ('82 grad and outstanding b-ball player for the Norse) and Sam Parker ('82 grad and probably the best hitter for the Norse, and in the area, for our generation). All of us were significant players for NMU and enjoyed great success while playing NM baseball. (P.S., we lost the game and SWTS beat North Dakota State, who we had beaten ealier, for the National Championship.)"

Record   Score                         Interesting Fact
0-1           *Hart 10, NM 0                 NM only 3 hits (Sam Parker, Steve Preston, Ron Matthews)
0-2            Orchard View 8, NM 4        John Nedeau 2-run double
0-3            *Shelby 10, NM 8              Preston 4 hits (HR, triple, 2 singles)
0-4            *Oakridge 3, NM 2             Dave Billinghurst 4-hitter in loss; Preston 2 RBI singles       
0-5            *Montague 11, NM 4          Parker 3-run HR
0-6            *Ravenna 4, NM 1             NM only 4 hits
0-7            *Mason CC 9, NM 1          John Arntz 2 hits, including double; Dave Williams triple
0-8            Ravenna 7, NM 1               County tournament; Doug Laurin 2 hits
0-9           WM Christian 8, NM 6      Scott Preston, Steve Preston, Matthews, Nedeau 2 hits
0-10          *Shelby 14, NM 3              Parker HR; Scott Preston 2 hits
0-11          *Oakridge 3, NM 2             NM commits 8 errors; Parker, Williams 2 hits
1-11         *NM 9, Montague 7           Parker 3 hits, including HR; Steve Preston 3 hits
1-12          *Ravenna 9, NM 4             Matthews triple
1-13          *Mason CC 13, NM 3         NM only 4 hits
1-14         *Hart 9, NM 7                    WMC & District game; Mike Hanson 2 hits, 4 RBI
 

1980 – coach John Gwatkin (10-8 overall; 8-4 in WMC; 4th place in WMC; MCC/Oakridge Champs)
The Norse made a monstrous turnaround from the 1979 debacle by compiling a winning record and came a single game from winning the West Michigan Conference championship. Mason County Central and Oakridge, who split their season series with the Norsemen, shared the WMC crown with 9-3 records. The Norse received a timely combination of good pitching from Dave Billinghurst (4-0, 1.57 ERA) Dave Williams (2-2, 1.77 ERA) and Ron Matthews (2-3, 3.42 ERA) along with some lusty hitting from sophomore Sam Parker (.447), Matthews (.394) and Greg Cooke (.377). John Gwatkin who volunteered for the job as a non-staff coach guided the Norsemen. Gwatkin’s one-year tenure was a memorable one as it would be another 15 frustrating years before a North Muskegon baseball team would post a winning record. A one for the books occurrence took place in the Norse’s 16-1 romp of Hart on May 6 when the Norsemen ran at will against the Hart Pirates in stealing 16 bases.

Record Score                          Interesting Fact
1-0           *NM 6, Oakridge 1  
1-1            *Montague 12, NM 6         Greg Cooke, Dave Billinghurst, Jeff Botbyl 2 hits
2-1           *NM 6, Ravenna 3           Ron Matthews wins; Brian Hubbell 2 hits
3-1           *NM 4, Mason CC 3         John Arntz GW single
3-2            Orchard View 15, NM 3      OV plays errorless ball vs. NM
4-2           *NM 5, Hart 1                   Matthews, Bill Banner, Doug Laurin 2 hits; Botbyl 3 RBI
5-2           NM won, Holton loss        County Tournament
5-3           WM Christian 8, NM 7        County Tournament; current Chronicle sportswriter Ron Rop has GW hit
5-4           WM Christian 13, NM 9      Bill Banner 3 hits, including triple; Matthews, Sam Parker, Laurin 2 hits
6-4           *NM 16, Hart 1
                 Greg Cooke HR; Billinghurst 2 hits, including triple; NM stole 16 bases
6-5            *Shelby 3, NM 1                Dave Williams loses; 2-run throwing error dooms Norse
7-5           NM 13, Whitehall 6          Banner wins; Arntz 2 hits, including triple; Laurin 2 hits
7-6            *Oakridge 8, NM 4             Laurin 2 hits, Steve Preston triple 
8-6           *NM 10, Shelby 0             Billinghurst wins
9-6           *NM 6, Montague 5
           Cooke 3 hits (HR, double); Parker 3 hits and throws runner out at plate
10-6         *NM 1, Ravenna 0            
Kevin Ware wins
10-7          *Mason CC 11, NM 0         MCC scores 9 runs in 1st inning; NM only 1 hit (Cooke double)
10-8          Whitehall 13, NM 3            Pre-District; Parker triple; Cooke double

1981 – coach Terry Babbitt (7-11 overall; 5-7 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Ravenna Champs)
If the 1981 season were put on a graph, it would possibly resemble a seismograph chart from the San Francisco Earthquake of 1906. There were plenty of peaks and valleys throughout the season under coach Terry Babbitt. The Norse started off strong with early non-conference wins over Kent City and Western Michigan Christian, before dropping nine of their next 10 games. Ravenna, the West Michigan Conference Champion, may have had their way with other WMC foes, but certainly struggled against the Norse. Two of the Norsemen’s five conference wins came against the Bulldogs. Ravenna did have their day in the sun against the Norse by bouncing back to soundly defeat the Norse in the pre-District game. Current NM athletic director Jeff Cooke, who battled a rash of knee injuries during his high school career, can fondly look back and recall his pair of hits and three RBI performance in a 12-6 NM win over Hart. It should be pointed out that ace Oakridge pitcher Bob Cavanaugh had a not-to-be-forgotten moment at the County tournament. The future Central Michigan University ace was the winning pitcher in three games in one day. He went four innings in wins over Montague and North Muskegon and then went the route in the 1-0 championship game, tossing a no-hitter against Ravenna. Just two days before the County tournament, he hurled a five-inning no-hitter. In all, Cavanaugh pitched 22 scoreless innings in three days. Now, high school pitchers cannot throw more than 10 innings without a two-day rest. All conference games in 1981 were doubleheaders, much to the chagrin of many players and coaches. Due to a rainout, the Norse were forced to play back-to-back doubleheaders against Mason County Central and Hart on May 13-14.

Record   Score                           Interesting Fact
1-0           NM 9, Kent City 5             Kent City pitchers walk 15; Sam Parker, Kevin Ware 2 hits
2-0            NM 3, WM Christian 2       Parker drives in Dave Billinghurst for winning run
2-1            *Montague 7, NM 0           NM only 4 hits
2-2            *Montague 8, NM 5           Parker, Billinghurst, Mario Ferratti 2 hits
2-3            *Shelby 8, NM 7                NM loses 7-run lead on 5 errors, 6 walks and 3 passed balls
3-3            *NM 14, Shelby 13
            Greg Cooke, Ken Postema 3 hits; Billinghurst 2 hits
3-4            *Oakridge 3, NM 0             Bob Cavanaugh shuts out Norse
3-5            *Oakridge 2, NM 1             Cavanaugh wins in relief for Eagles; Dan Brondyk RBI 
3-6            Orchard View 13, NM 3     Billinghurst 2 hits; Cooke double
3-7            Oakridge 4, NM 1              County Tournament; Cliff Jackson 2 hits
3-8            *Mason CC 7, NM 6           Cooke 2 hits; Ware HR
3-9            *Mason CC 11, NM 1         NM only 2 hits off MCC's Rick Tyndall
4-9            *NM 17, Hart 1                 NM scores 15 runs in 1st 2 innings; Parker 3 hits (triple); Cooke HR
5-9            *NM 12, Hart 6                 
Jeff Cooke 2 hits, 3 RBI
6-9            *NM 3, Ravenna 2            Parker HR; NM wins on Postema's sacrifice fly
7-9            *NM 5, Ravenna 2            Ron Matthews 1-hitter
7-10          Reeths-Puffer 3, NM 0
        Lance Lowder tosses 3-hitter against NM
7-11          Ravenna 10, NM 0            Pre-District; Matthews has 2 of NM's 3 hits, including double



1982 – coach Terry Babbitt (2-17-1 overall; 1-10-1 in WMC; 7th in WMC; Ravenna Champs)
The success the Norsemen enjoyed during the football season didn’t carry over into the baseball campaign as NM had a dreary 2-17-1 record. The tennis program at NM was rock solid as never before as the Norse netters won 84 matches before dropping a match in May to Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central. A pair of All-State football players, Greg Cooke and Sam Parker, who led the football team to the state finals in the fall, paired up to lead the Norse in their lone tie in the WMC. Cooke blasted a grand slam and Parker notched a solo shot during an 11-11 slugfest that was called on account of darkness. The lone WMC win was a 9-8 trimming of Mason County Central with Cliff Johnson supplying much of the offense with four hits. After turning in their uniforms in late May, the Norse were forced to make up and earlier game with Montague that was called due to darkness. The game was replayed on June 2, and the Norse were more than cooperative as they were trounced 15-0. The Norse nearly salvaged their season by winning their District game with Shelby, but the Tigers' Dave Hoffman spoiled the fun by delivering a two-out, two-run triple in the bottom of the seventh inning. The poor showing for the Norse might have hastened head coach Terry Babbitt’s decision to give up coaching to become a school administrator. Certainly the pay was much more lucrative for Babbitt, who would become the Superintendent of Schools at Mona Shores.  

Record   Score                           Interesting Fact
0-1            Newaygo 14, NM 0            Greg Cooke 2 hits, including double
0-2            *Montague 13, NM 1         Cliff Jackson 2 of NM's 3 hits
0-3            Fruitport 12, NM 2             Jackson 3 hits, including double; Cooke 2 hits
1-3           NM 10, WM Christian 4    Sam Parker, Rich South, Jackson single & double
1-4            *Shelby 15, NM 7             Jeff Cordo 2 hits
1-5            *Shelby 8, NM 5                Jackson 2 hits
1-6            *Oakridge 6, NM 2             Parker RBI single
1-7            *Oakridge 14, NM 0           Bob Cavanaugh K's 16 and wins both ends of DH for Eagles
1-8            Orchard View 14, NM 4     NM commits 8 errors; Parker 2 doubles
1-9            Montague 18, NM 6          County Tournament; Tom Serocynski 2 hits
1-10          Whitehall 13, NM 1           Kyle Segar only NM RBI
2-10         *NM 9, Mason CC 8          Cliff Johnson 4 hits; Serocynski, Bob Versaw 2 hits
2-11          *Mason CC 10, NM 9        8 innings; NM loses on 2 wild pitches
2-11-1      *NM 11, Hart 11
                Cooke GS; Parker HR
2-12-1      *Hart 8, NM 2                   Cooke 2 hits, including double
2-13-1      Kent City 21, NM 1           NM only 2 hits
2-14-1       *Ravenna 4, NM 2             Ravenna freshman Dennis Moeller 4-hits NM
2-15-1       *Ravenna 7, NM 3             Jackson 2 hits; Parker triple
2-16-1       *Shelby 8, NM 7                District; Cooke 2 hits, 3 RBI; Versaw. Parker, Jackson 2 hits
2-17-1       *Montague 15, NM 0         Make-up game gives Wildcats tie for WMC title

1983 – coach Denny Emmons (3-11 overall; 2-7 in WMC; 6th place in WMC; Montague Champs)
North Muskegon band director Denny Emmons added the baseball coaching position to his list of duties when the former Muskegon High School teammate of Jim Johnson took over for Terry Babbitt. However, the Norsemen struggles continued. Following the Norse season opener, a 23-0 whipping by Newaygo, Emmons might have had some second thoughts about leading the Norse. Many of the top athletes on the Northside campus for the past few years had begun trading in their Little League gloves for tennis racquets. After Emmons watched his Norse get no-hit in the first two games, the Northsiders punched together 11 hits in an nconceivable 20-0 walloping of Kent City. Perhaps many of the Kent City players were on Spring Break as the Eagles shut out the Norsemen during the May 11 rematch. Greg Zack had a solid season at the plate by posting a batting average of .452. Roger South and Mark Cooke also had a few productive games for coach Emmons’ squad. Without question, the shining moment for NM was the season sweep of Shelby. Cooke had three hits in the first encounter with the Tigers in the 7-6 NM victory while South had four hits in the second meeting with Shelby, an 11-1 pounding of their WMC foe.  

Record Score                        Interesting Fact
0-1            Newaygo 23, NM 0            3 pitchers (Rick Perkins, Scott Bonk, Troy Molton) no-hit NM
0-2            *Ravenna 12, NM 4           Dennis Moeller, relieved by Mike Gilliard, no-hit NM
1-2           NM 20, Kent City 0           Roger South wins; South 2 doubles; current NM fire chief Steve Lague 2 hits
1-3            *Montague 21, NM 2          Wildcats score 18 runs in 1st; Todd Losee, Tom Serocynski only NM hits
2-3           *NM 7, Shelby 6               Mark Cooke 3 hits; Seroncynski, Greg Zack, Losee, John McCollough 2 hits
2-4            *Ravenna 8, NM 5             Zack 3 hits, Cooke 2 hits
3-4           *NM 11, Shelby 1             South 4 hits (triple, double, 2 singles)
3-5            *Oakridge 11, NM 1           NM commits 10 errors
3-6           Kent City 10, NM 0           NM only 2 hits
3-7            Whitehall 16, NM 3            County Tournament; Zack 2 hits, including double
3-8            *Mason CC 15, NM 2        MCC wins its first WMC game of season
3-9           *Hart 13, NM 2                  NM commits 12 errors; Mark Flynn, Zack only NM hits
3-10         *Hart 5, NM 2                    Zack 2 hits, including HR
3-11          Hesperia 10, NM 0             Pre-District; NM only 2 hits

1984 – coach Denny Emmons (6-11 overall; 4-8 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Montague Champs)
The Norse doubled their win total over 1983 but still were a long way from getting back to the .500 plateau. The Norse continued their mastery over Shelby and their youthful head coach Brian Wright by again sweeping the Tigers in the season series. Wright would quickly resurrect the Shelby program and become one of the most respected baseball coaches in the area in the future. Veteran hurler Roger South posted the lone shutout for the Norse when he blanked the Pirates, 3-0, on May 11. The victory over the Pirates capped the Blue & Gold’s best streak of the season by notching their fourth victory in five games. The only loss during the span was a respectable 6-3 defeat at the hands of Montague. The Wildcats pitching ace Link Mikkelson, who would have a great minor league career over a number of years, struck out 15 NM batters for Montague on its way to an undefeated WMC season. Earlier in the season, Mikkelson posted back-to-back no-hitters vs. Ravenna and Whitehall. 

Record  Score                             Interesting Fact
0-1            Newaygo 10, NM 0           Scott Smith 9 K's in loss
0-2            *Montague 15, NM 0         Bob Trevino 1-hits NM
0-3            *Oakridge 12, NM 6
0-4            *Ravenna 9, NM 8             Greg Zack HR, double; Jeff Diller double
0-5            *Mason CC 9, NM 2          NM only 4 hits
1-5           *NM 14, Shelby 4             Mark Cooke triple, single; John McCollough triple
2-5           NM 5, Kent City 4             8 innings; Cooke triple; Zack 2 hits, including double
3-5           *NM 6, Oakridge 3            Cooke 2 hits, including double; Zack, Diller 2 hits
3-6            *Montague 6, NM 3            NM batters strike out 15 times; Smith 2-run single
4-6           *NM 3, Hart 0                    Roger South wins
4-7           *Hart 6, NM 5                   Diller 2 hits; NM leaves runners on 2nd and 3rd in 7th inning
4-8            Whitehall 24, NM 2            County Tournament
4-9            *Ravenna win, NM loss
5-9           NM 7, WM Christian 6      Diller picks up win in relief
5-10          *Mason CC 11 win, NM 3
6-10         *NM 14, Shelby 1              Diller 3 hits; Cooke triple
6-11         WM Christian 15, NM 0      Pre-District; Todd Lossee's double only NM hit 

1985 – coach Denny Emmons (10-11 overall; 6-8 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Whitehall Champs)
The Norsemen managed to reach to .500 mark at the end of the regular season; however, a first-round playoff loss to Western Michigan Christian left NM south of their break-even goal when the Warriors, who would go on to capture the state Class D title, shut out the Norse, 3-0. NM did defeat the Warriors, 15-6, earlier in the season. Whitehall made its re-entry into the West Michigan Conference a memorable one as they ran the table en route to a perfect 14-0 league mark. Supplying some power for the Norsemen were Scott Smith, John Morrall and Jeff Diller. Smith had a career game in a May 14, 8-3 win over Ravenna, chipping in with his arm and his bat. Smith was the winning pitcher and aided his own cause by blasting a home run and a triple. It appeared the Norsemen established some signs of having a better future when they won five of their last six regular season contests. 

Record  Score                           Interesting Fact
1-0           NM 6, Kent City 3             Roger South wins; Scott Smith 2 hits, including double
1-1            *Montague 9, NM 4            Todd Losee 3 hits
2-1           *NM 8, Hart 4                    John McCollough 2 doubles; Steve Hoffman RBI double
2-2            *Oakridge 3, NM 1             NM only 2 hits (Jeff Diller, Smith)
3-2           *NM 10, Ravenna 4           Losee 3 hits; Mark Flynn, McCollough 2 hits
3-3            *Whitehall 8, NM 3             Losee 3 hits; Smith HR
3-4            *Whitehall 8, NM 7             Diller 3 hits, including HR; Losee 2 hits, including HR
4-4           *NM 16, Mason CC 11       John Morrall GS, double
4-5            Hesperia 11, NM 1             NM has 6 hits and 4 errors
5-5           *NM 5, Shelby 4               Hoffman 2-run single was the big hit
5-6            *Oakridge 5, NM 3             Kyle Stevens, Diller RBI single
5-7            *Montague 10, NM 0         Montague's Tim Peterson strikes out 11 in 5-inning game
5-8           *Hart 11, NM 5                 NM loses 4-run lead when Hart scores 8 in 4th inning
6-8           NM 6, Oakridge 5             County Tournament; after Hoffman's triple, Stevens drives in winning run in 7th
6-9            Whitehall 22, NM 3            County Tournament; Whitehall 18 hits; Stevens RBI single
7-9           *NM 8, Ravenna 3            Smith HR, triple; Flynn 2 hits; Hoffman triple
8-9           NM 15, WM Christian 6     Diller, Flynn 5 RBI; South 4 hits
9-9           NM 17, Musk. Heights 4    Diller HR, 4 RBI; South 3-run triple

10-9          *NM 7, Shelby 5               
Stevens HR
10-10        *Mason CC 19, NM 9         MCC scores 14 in first 2 innings
10-11       WM Christian 3, NM 0        Pre-District; Steve Dolislager 3 hits 

1986 – coach Denny Emmons (5-15 overall; 5-9 in WMC; xx in WMC; Montague Champs)
One had to truly love baseball to play for the Norsemen in 1986. The Norse played the entire 20-game season on the road as major renovations were being implemented on North Muskegon’s baseball field. Underground sprinkling and a complete reseeding of the outfield were among the improvements made on the old diamond, first used by North Muskegon baseball in 1920. A very young team answered the early season call from head coach Denny Emmons and was able to come out on top in only five of the games. Practice sessions for the Norse were held on the rocky grounds at Pioneer Park, and coupled with the limited facilities, the Northsiders had to do without a JV team. The Norse had to wait until April 22 before beginning the 1986 season. Despite an early morning record low temperature of 19 degrees, the team began their road trip to Whitehall to face the defending WMC champs. All five of NM’s wins came in WMC action, including a doubleheader sweep over the Shelby Tigers. In the first game against Shelby, sophomore Kyle Stevens tossed a two-hitter while fanning five. In the nightcap, John Morrall had three hits as the Norsemen again reached double figures in a 10-1 win.  The season ended with North Muskegon still looking for that elusive first-ever District win. Again, NM took an early exit while dropping the tournament opener to Western Michigan Christian, 10-1. Notching a pair of hits for the victorious Warriors was hard-hitting Dan Bylsma, who would become the first and, to this date, the only Greater Muskegon hockey player to make it all the way to the National Hockley League.  

Record  Score                          Interesting Fact
0-1           *Whitehall 10, NM 2           NM pitchers walk 8; Mark Flynn RBI single
0-2           Orchard View 8, NM 2        Wes Phillips HR, single
1-2           *NM 13, Mason CC 4         Kyle Stevens HR; Matt Steketee, Steve Hoffman 2 hits
1-3           Reeths-Puffer 4, NM 2       Tim Rop double; Phillips, Hoffman 2 hits
1-4           *Oakridge 15, NM 8           Matt Kolbe 3 hits
2-4           *NM 9, Oakridge 5           Hoffman, Mark Maynard 3 hits
2-5           *Montague 22, NM 4          Maynard 3-for-3; Kyle Stevens 2 hits
2-6           *Montague 12, NM 4         Maynard 3-for-3 (6-for-6 in DH)
2-7           Kent City 10, NM 7           NM commits 6 errors
2-8           *Hart 9, NM 3                   Ken Stevens loses
3-8           *NM 9, Hart 4                    John Morrall HR; Kolbe, Phillips 2 hits
3-9           Montague 16, NM 6           County Tournament; Stevens 2 hits, including double
3-10          *Ravenna 15, NM 7           Phillips 2 hits, including double
3-11          *Ravenna 12, NM 6           NM uses 4 pitchers in loss
3-12          *Whitehall 11, NM 1          
3-13          *Mason CC 7, NM 3          Phillips HR
3-14         WM Christian 8, NM 7       WMC wins in bottom of 7th inning to raise record to 14-5
4-14         *NM 10, Shelby 2            Stevens 2-hitter, 9 K’s; Morrall 2 hits, including triple
5-14         *NM 10, Shelby 1              Morrall 3 hits, including double; Stevens 2 hits
5-15         WM Christian 10, NM 1      District; future NHLer Dan Blysma 2 hits for WMC 

1987 – coach Walt Gawkowski (6-12-1 overall; 5-7-1 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Whitehall Champs)
Walt Gawkowski, a former standout outfielder for Central Michigan University, took over the head coaching duties, beginning the longest tenure by far in NM baseball history. Following the first four games (all losses) of the season, Gawkowski may have had second thoughts. The first of more than 180 wins Gawkowski would gain in his 17-year reign came in the fifth game of the season on April 24. The Norsemen won 11-1 over rival Whitehall and its Hall of Fame coach John Huizenga. Whitehall would bounce back from this upset to win the West Michigan Conference. Although the Norsemen were outscored by an average of two runs per game, the Norse lineup had a number of batters who would be able to knock balls over the friendly North Muskegon left-field fence. Steve Hoffman, Mark Maynard, Tim Rop, Wes Phillips, Greg Stepke, and Matt Kolbe were the NM power hitters while freshman Joe Mylenek, Tom Meyers, and Jim Johnson all had multiple hit games. The Norse weakness was on the mound as the Blue & Gold hitters gave up nearly seven runs per outing. 

Record    Score                       Interesting Fact
0-1           *Hart 11, NM 1               Freshman Joe Mylenek 2 hits
0-2            *Oakridge 6, NM 5          Tom Meyers 2 hits, inclduing double; Matt Kolbe 2 hits
0-3            *Ravenna 6, NM 0            Jim Johnson, Mylenek 2 hits
0-4            Orchard View 8, NM 4     Mark Maynard 2 hits, inclduing HR; Meyers 2 hits
1-4           *NM 11, Whitehall 1      Meyers double, triple; Wes Phillips, Jim Johnson 2 RBI
2-4           NM 13, Hesperia 3          Tim Rop, Matt Kolbe, Wes Phillips HR
2-5            *Mason CC 14, NM 1       NM pitchers walk 11
3-5           *NM 5, Shelby 4             8 inn.; Greg Stepke wins in relief; Matt Steketee scores winning run on WP
3-5-1        *NM 3, Shelby 3              Called after 6 innings due to darkness; Stepke pitched all 6 innings
4-5-1        *NM 6, Oakridge 3         Meyers wins; Maynard 2 hits, inclduing double; Mylenek 2 hits
4-6-1        Kent City 7, NM 5           Kolbe 3 hits; Johnson 2 RBI
4-7-1         Montague 7, NM 4           County tournament; Greg Stepke HR
4-8-1        WM Christian 10, NM 5    Stepke HR; Future NHLer Dan Blysma of WMC HR
5-8-1        *NM 10, Hart 7                Steve Hoffman, Mark Maynard HR
5-9-1         *Montague 6, NM 3         Maynard has only extra-base hit, a double
6-9-1        *NM 4, Montague 1       Meyers 2 hits, including triple; Mylenek 2 hits
6-10-1       *Ravenna 13, NM 3         Johnson 2-run double
6-11-1       *Mason CC 4, NM 1        Maynard 2 hits, including double
6-12-1       Allendale 9, NM 1            District; Maynard RBI singles for only NM run



1988 – coach Walt Gawkowski (8-13 overall; 7-7 in WMC; xx in WMC; Whitehall/Montague co-Champs)
A much-improved North Muskegon team took the field in 1988 on the newly named NM diamond. The long-time field, which was first used for baseball back in 1920, was named after North Muskegon Superintendent of Schools Jim Johnson. Johnson, who prepped at Muskegon High, became an All-American performer at Western Michigan University and made it to the major leagues as a pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. Johnson passed away from cancer in December of 1987. Appropriately, one of the main performers for the Norsemen was James C. Johnson, son of the late Superintendent. Johnson was the winning pitcher and chipped in with a home run in an early season 8-5 WMC victory over Mason County Central. Johnson credits teammate Matt Steketee as a reason for many of the Norse wins because of his defensive prowess from his outfield position. In the second year of many match-ups between Walt Gawkowski and his close friend, Brian Wright of Shelby, Gawkowski would claim the bragging rights for at least another year as the Norsemen swept a doubleheader from the Tigers. Joe Mylenek was the winning pitcher in each game. One of the infrequent happenstances in NM history came in the second game of the twin bill when Matt Kolbe and Johnson posted back-to-back home runs. Following the sweep of the Tigers, the Norse won its fourth game in a row on a game-winning hit by Ty McNabb, who would gain some notoriety after he graduated from NM by appearing on The Price is Right. Unfortunately, McNabb developed cancer shortly after that and passed away. The garden at the east end of the school grounds was built in his memory. It took 16 long years, but the Norsemen were able to finally break into the win column in the state playoffs. Kolbe blasted a grand slam in a 17-3 laugher over Grand Rapids Covenant Christian. The euphoria of winning didn’t last long, however, as tournament nemesis Wyoming Lee knocked the Norse out of the playoffs in the next game.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 *Montague 12, NM 3 Tom Meyers triple
0-2 Kent City 7, NM 4 Matt Steketee, Meyers 2 hits
1-2 *NM 7, Oakridge 5 Meyers 2 hits; Jim Johnson RBI single
1-3 *Ravenna 11, NM 4
1-4 Orchard View 8, NM 6 9 inn.; Greg Stepke 2 hits (HR); current GRWC fb coach Dan Rohn wins
1-5 *Whitehall 10, NM 0 Chuck Hiltz 1-hits NM
2-5 *NM 8, Mason CC 5 Johnson wins; Johnson HR
3-5 *NM 14, Shelby 3 Joe Mylenek wins; Meyers 4 hits (double); Tim Rop 2 hits, 4 RBI
4-5 *NM 8, Shelby 5 Mylenek wins; Johnson & Matt Kolbe back-to-back HR
5-5 *NM 8, Oakridge 7 Ty McNabb GW RBI
6-5 *NM 3, Hart 1 Mylenek 10 K’s; Meyers HR
6-6 *Montague 7, NM 6 Montague scores 2 runs in 7th inning; Johnson 2-run triple
7-6 *NM 9, Hart 4 Johnson 9 K’s; Steketee 3 hits; Meyers double, triple
7-7 WM Christian 18, NM 7 Mylenek HR; NM loses 7-0 lead; Rop 3 RBI
7-8 *Ravenna 6, NM 5 9 innings; Johnson, Mylenek, Kolbe, Dan Ostrowski double
7-9 WM Christian 5, NM 3 County Tournament
7-10 *Whitehall 13, NM 3 Mylenek double
7-11 Hesperia 11, NM 9 Steketee 4 hits, including 2 doubles; Meyers, Kolbe 2 hits
7-12 *Mason CC 16, NM 4 Matt Kolbe HR
8-12 NM 17, GR Cov. Chris. 3 Pre-District; Kolbe GS; Meyers 2 hits (triple); Rop, Stepke, Mylenek 2 hits
8-13 Wyoming Lee 11, NM 1 District; NM only 1 hit



1989 – coach Walt Gawkowski (9-10 overall; 6-8 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Whitehall Champs)
The Norsemen just missed the elusive .500 mark. NM got off to a quick start by winning four of their first five games, including a pair of non-conference games against Western Michigan Christian and Orchard View. April 14 marked not only a Norsemen win against Montague but marked an historical first in NM sports history – the first varsity high school game played by the North Muskegon girls’ softball team. Junior Joe Mylenek was the MVP of this squad, playing a solid shortstop, giving coach Walt Gawkowski some solid innings on the mound, and was the most potent hitter (.407). Among Mylenek’s highest-producing games included a home run and two doubles in an NM 6-3 victory over Montague and a late season 10-6 victory over Mason County Central in which Mylenek had four hits.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 *Oakridge 5, NM 1 Joe Mylenek complete-game loss; Mylenek double
1-1 NM 10, WM Christian 6 Matt Kolbe GS; Tom Meyers 3 hits, including double
2-1 *NM 7, Montague 3 Steve Huff HR
3-1 *NM 5, Hart 2 Freshman Matt Benedict 2 hits
4-1 NM 8, Orchard View 6 Mylenek triple, double
4-2 *Ravenna 3, NM 0 Meyers loses as NM has only 3 hits
4-3 *Whitehall 10, NM 1 NM 1-hit by Tom Sheesley & Chris Andrews
5-3 NM 7, Holton 6 Ron Hillman's 2-out single is GW hit; Benedict, Meyers, Mylenek 2 hits
5-4 *Shelby 9, NM 6 Meyers, Ty McNabb 2 hits, including triple
6-4 *NM 7, Shelby 1 Benedict 2 hits, including double; Dan Ostrowski 2 hits
7-4 *NM 8, Mason CC 7 Ostrowski 3 hits, including double; McNabb 2 hits
7-5 *Oakridge 11, NM 2 Mylenek double
8-5 *NM 6, Montague 3 Mylenek HR, 2 doubles; Meyers 2 hits, including triple
8-6 *Hart 6, NM 4 Meyers HR; Matt Kolbe 2-run double
8-7 Whitehall 12, NM 1 County Tournament; NM only 3 hits
8-8 *Ravenna 13, NM 0 Erik Imbault & Scott DeCamp no-hit NM
8-9 *Whitehall 12, NM 4 Mylenek, Benedict double
9-9 *NM 10, Mason CC 6 Mylenek, Meyers 3 hits; Benedict 2 doubles, single
9-10 GR Baptist 4, NM 2 District



1990 – coach Walt Gawkowski (6-16 overall; 2-12 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Ravenna Champs)
Coach Walt Gawkowski fielded a young team during the 1990 season with as many as four freshmen listed in a typical NM starting lineup. One of those yearlings, catcher Chris Benedict, led the Norse in hitting. His brother Matt, a sophomore pitcher, delivered one of the best outings by a Norse hurler in a number of years by working 10 innings in a 3-2, 11-inning defeat of Hart. The Norsemen closed strong late in the season by punching out a pre-District and a District win, including making amends for the 1989 first round defeat at the hands of Grand Rapids Baptist by trouncing the furniture city crew, 15-4. Joe Mylenek was a steady veteran among a bunch of youthful rookies. Mylenek won his first tournament appearance against Grand Rapids Covenant Christian but got little hitting support from his mates in a season-ending 2-0 loss to Wyoming Lee in the District championship game. 

Record  Score                              Interesting Fact
0-1           WM Christian 7, NM 6        Matt Benedict 4 RBI
0-2            *Montague 7, NM 3           Ron Hillman 3-run triple; freshman Chris Benedict 2 hits
0-3           *Hart 17, NM 7                  M. Benedict GS
0-4            Orchard View 4, NM 1       3 NM errors lead to OV win; Hillman 2 hits
0-5            *Whitehall 5, NM 2             NM gives up 3 unearned runs in 6th inning; Hillman double
0-6            *Mason CC 5, NM 1           NM only 3 hits (C. Benedict, M. Benedict, Steve Huff)
1-6           *NM 6, Mason CC 3          Huff HR; Joe Mylenek 2 hits, including double; C. Benedict 2 hits
1-7            *Shelby 12, NM 1             Huff HR
1-8            *Shelby 11, NM 4             NM has 6 hits, 5 errors
1-9            *Montague 12, NM 1         NM 1-hit by Doug Schlaff, Rob Smith
2-9           *NM 3, Hart 2                    11 innings; M. Benedict 10 innings, 8 K’s; Eric Rop GW RBI
3-9           NM 9, Holton 0                County Tournament
3-10          *Ravenna 10, NM 2           County Tournament & WMC game; Huff triple
3-11          *Ravenna 10, NM 0           NM only 3 hits
3-12          Pentwater 10, NM 4           Joe Mylenek HR
3-13          *Whitehall 4, NM 0             NM only 2 hits off Chris Andrews
3-14          *Oakridge 6, NM 4             M. Benedict 3 hits
3-15          *Oakridge 12, NM 0           Scott Wall 2 hits
4-15         NM 9, Holton 5                 8 innings; freshman Bob Walters 3 hits
5-15         NM 3, GR. Cov. Chris. 2   Pre-District; Mylenek 9 K's; Huff HR
6-15         NM 15, GR Baptist 4        District; Hillman 2 hits, including double; Rop, Benedict brothers 2 hits
6-16          Wyoming Lee 2, NM 0       District finals; NM only 1 hit (C. Benedict)



1991 – coach Walt Gawkowski (7-18 overall; 1-13 in WMC; 8th place in WMC; Ravenna Champs)
The 1991 Norsemen nine certainly tested the patience of fifth-year head coach Walt Gawkowski. After splitting their first four games, including an upset 4-3 victory over Orchard View, the Norse went into a tailspin. With five sophomores in the starting lineup (Chris Benedict, Pat Kitchka, Paul Moyes, Bob Walters, and Cam Balash), the Norse would drop their next 15 straight games, the second longest losing streak in NM history. The never-give-up Norsemen finally put it all together late in the season by winning five straight games, providing some momentum for the immediate future. Highlighting the modest win streak was a come-from-behind District victory over rival Western Michigan Christian. Matt Benedict fanned 12 batters as the Norse came from five runs down to eliminate the Warriors, 7-6. An 8-4 win over Grand Rapids Baptist put the Norsemen into the District finals for the second straight year. However, the wheels fell off against powerful Allendale in the championship game as the defense committed 10 errors, and a depleted NM pitching staff gave up 14 walks.

Record  Score                           Interesting Fact
0-1          Oakridge 17, NM 1             Oakridge scores 9 runs in 1st inning
1-1           NM 18, WM Christian 5    Matt Benedict wins; Benedict, Pat Kitchka 2 hits
1-2           *Hart 12, NM 2                  Hart pitchers have 11 K's in 5-inning game
2-2           NM 4, Orchard View 3      NM wins with bases loaded hit by pitch in 7th inning
2-3            *Mason CC 7, NM 3          Eric Rop 2 hits
2-4            *Mason CC 6, NM 3          Cam Balash throw complete-game in loss
2-5            *Montague 9, NM 6           Each team has 7 hits
2-6            *Whitehall 16, NM 7           Toby Schuler 3 hits
2-7            *Whitehall 11, NM 1           NM only 2 hits
2-8           White Cloud 14, NM 12      Shelby Invitational; NM has 11 hits
2-9            Shelby 7, NM 1                 Shelby Invitational; NM has only 3 hits
2-10          *Ravenna 8, NM 1             Ravenna scores 6 runs in 6th inning to pull away
2-11          *Ravenna 13, NM 5            Chris Benedict 2 hits; Bob Walters double
2-12          Hesperia 10, NM 7            Walters HR
2-13          *Oakridge 7, NM 2             NM only 2 hits off Scott Wall
2-14          *Shelby 12, NM 2             NM has only 2 hits
2-15          *Shelby 12, NM 2             M. Benedict RBI single
2-16         *Hart 10, NM 9                  M. Benedict 4 hits; Hart scores 5 unearned runs in 7th inning
2-17          Ravenna 10, NM 0             County Tournament; Ravenna's Jeff Porter allows just 2 hits
3-17         NM 8, Pentwater 1           M. Benedict 14 K’s; M. Benedict 3 hits
4-17         *NM 7, Montague 6          C. Benedict 3-run HR
5-17         NM 12, Holton 1              Balash 1-hitter
6-17         NM 7, WM Christian 6      M. Benedict 12 K’s; NM rallies from 5 down
7-17         NM 8, GR Baptist 4          District; M. Benedict 2 doubles
7-18          Allendale 20, NM 1            District finals; NM commits 10 errors; pitchers walk 14



1992 – coach Walt Gawkowksi (10-15-1 overall; 4-9-1 in WMC; xx in WMC; Ravenna/Oakridge co-Champs)
The Norsemen showed marginal improvement from the previous season by adding a few more victories to the win column. The Benedict brothers, Matt and Chris, had a day to remember in an NM victory over Western Michigan Christian, delivering seven hits between them in an 11-7 NM win at Marsh Field. Joining the junior-dominated team was promising freshman pitcher/outfielder Justin Visconti. The hard-throwing lefthander, who would end his brilliant career ranked near the top of the leader board in many batting and pitching categories, completed his first season in a forgettable manner. The young Visconti was at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning in the District championship game vs. Wyoming Lee. The count moved to 3-0 with the bases loaded in a 3-3 tie. The Norse were one ball away from winning their first-ever District title. It was not to be as the Wyoming Lee pitcher battled back and delivered three straight strikes on the future NM All-Star. Wyoming Lee then plated three runs in the eighth to eliminate the Norse from tournament competition.   

Record   Score                             Interesting Fact
0-1           Musk. Catholic 10, NM 3   Cam Balash 2 RBI, double
0-2            *Oakridge 9, NM 0             Brian O'Neal tosses 4-hitter for Oakridge 
0-2-1        *NM 9, Oakridge 9
             Bob Walters, Paul Moyes 2 hits; NM scores 4 runs in 7th inning
0-3-1        *Hart 11, NM 10                Freshman Mike Boyle 2 hits
0-4-1         Orchard View 11, NM 1     Pat Kitchka double, scores only NM run on wild pitch
1-4-1        *NM 11, Mason CC 10
      Mike Boyle HR; freshman Justin Visconti RBI double
2-4-1        *NM 10, Mason CC 5         Matt Benedict complete-game win; Chris Benedict 2 hits
2-5-1         *Montague 10, NM 5         C. Benedict 2-run single; NM commits 7 errors
3-5-1        NM 11, WM Christian 7
    M. Benedict 4 hits, including HR; C. Benedict 3 hits, including double
3-6-1         *Whitehall 5, NM 3             Kitchka complete-game loss
4-6-1        *NM 9, Whitehall 1
           M. Benedict 7 K’s; Walters HR
4-7-1        White Cloud 11, NM 2
5-7-1        NM won, Grant loss        Visconti wins first of 26 games in NM career
5-8-1         *Ravenna 7, NM 1             Moyes singles in only NM run
5-9-1         *Ravenna 3, NM 1             M. Benedict complete-game loss; Walters double
6-9-1        NM 7, Holton 5
                 County Tournament; Visconti wins
6-10-1       Oakridge 6, NM 5              County Tournament
6-11-1       *Shelby 14, NM 4              Walters HR; Kitchka 2 hits
6-12-1       *Shelby 11, NM 1              Visconti RBI double
6-13-1       Hesperia 9, NM 3              NM commits 8 errors; C. Benedict 2 hits
7-13-1      *NM win, Hart loss
8-13-1      NM 16, Holton 3              
Visconti wins; Boyle, Kitchka 3 hits
9-13-1      NM 7, GR Baptist 2
          Pre-District; M. Benedict 3-hitter, 11 K’s; Chris Roberts 2 hits
9-14-1       *Montague 6, NM 3           Kitchka 2 hits
10-14-1     NM 8, Pentwater 2          
District; C. Benedict 2 hits
10-15-1     Wyoming Lee 6, NM 3       District finals; 8 innings; M. Benedict forced extra innings with 2-run single 

1993 – coach Walt Gawkowski (12-14 overall; 6-8 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Shelby Champs)
Expectations were high for the 1993 Norsemen with seven returning starters back in the fold. Unfortunately, the team didn’t live up to those high expectations. Sophomore southpaw Justin Visconti became the ace of the staff and tossed a one-hitter with 12 strikeouts in a 2-0 late May victory over Oakridge. It would be the first shutout thrown in conference competition by a Norse hurler since 1984. The Norsemen ended the season in a disappointing fashion. After posting a regular season 11-1 victory over rival Western Michigan Christian, the Warriors turned the tables on the Norse in the District championship game. The Blue & Gold left the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning while trailing 6-4, ending their quest to finally win a District championship. 

Record Score                            Interesting Fact
0-1           *Hart 12, NM 2                  Justin Visconti has only NM hit; Cam Balash sac fly
0-2            *Mason CC 7, NM 6          Chris Benedict 2 hits, including triple; Bob Walters 2 hits
1-2           *NM 6, Mason CC 3         
Visconti 3 hits, including double, Mike Boyle, Paul Moyes 2 hits
1-3            Orchard View 14, NM 2      Visconti 2 hits, including HR
2-3           NM 16, White Cloud 7
      Benedict 3 hits, including HR; Dan Meyers 3 hits, 4 RBI
2-4            Shelby 14, NM 12              Walters, Benedict HR; Moyes, Meyers 2 hits
3-4           *NM 7, Ravenna 4
            Visconti 10 K’s; Walters HR
3-5            *Oakridge 4, NM 2            Visconti 8 K’s, Visconti, Nick Bolema 2 hits
3-6           Musk. Catholic 9, NM 1     County Tournament; NM only 2 hits (Chris Roberts & Balash)
3-7            *Shelby 5, NM 4                Pat Kitchka 2 hits; Moyes 3 walks, 2 runs
3-8            *Shelby 9, NM 7                8 innings; Moyes, Bolema 2 hits
4-8           *NM 6, Hart 4                   
Moyes, Balash 2 hits
5-8           NM 11, WM Christian 1   
Visconti 3 hits, including double; NM scores 7 runs in 5th inning
5-9           Musk. Catholic 3, NM 2     Bendict, Balash, Kitchka 2 hits; Visconti  triple
5-10         Musk. Catholic 9, NM 1     Moyes, Balash 2 hits
6-10         *NM 5, Montague 3         
Benedict, Balash, Moyes 2 hits
6-11          *Montague 7, NM 3            NM commits 5 errors
7-11         NM 12, Hesperia 6
            Visconti, Balash HR; Kitchka 2 hits
7-12          *Ravenna 9, NM 5             Benedict HR; Moyes 2-run single
8-12         *NM 2, Oakridge 0
            Visconti 1-hitter, 12 K’s
9-12         NM 18, Holton 4
              Mike Farmer HR; Kitchka 3 hits
10-12       NM Win, Pentwater loss
10-13        *Whitehall 6, NM 0            Mike Boyle 3 hits; Kitchka 2 hits
11-13       *NM 13, Whitehall 7
        Kitchka HR; Walters 2 hits, including triple; Farmer, Chris Roberts 3 hits
12-13       NM 11, Walkerville 0
        District; Balash 5 inning shutout; Moyes, Kitchka, Roberts, Walters 2 hits
12-14       WM Christian 6, NM 4       District finals; NM left bases loaded in bottom of 7th inning

1994 – coach Walt Gawkowski (12-16 overall; 5-9 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Ravenna Champs)
A long dry spell finally came to an end for the Norse in 1994 when the North Muskegon baseball team ended 22 years of frustration by winning its first District championship. The 5-4 win over Western Michigan Christian helped soothe the wounds from the disheartening loss to the Warriors in 1993. With only three starters returning from the previous year’s club, it was an uphill climb for the young Norsemen. The Norsemen received a good boost from transfer student Mike Schreiber. Schrieber gave the Norsemen some solid play from his middle infield position as well has adding some timely hitting to the offense. Justin Visconti proved that his 1993 one-hitter against Oakridge was no fluke. Visconti again tossed another one-hitter at the Eagles as the Norse shutout Oakridge 6-0. When Visconti was not on the mound, the Norse pitching staff gave up a ton of runs. The Norse hurlers gave up 18 runs to Mason County Central in the first game of a doubleheader in Scottville. The good news for Norse fans was the Blue & Gold tallied 19 as Norse hitters found the short left field fence at the Scottville diamond enticing. Mike Boyle and Dan Wegner blasted a pair of home runs while Nick Bolema added another. The five home runs in that contest stand as the most home runs in a game in NM history. 

Record   Score                               Interesting Fact
1-0           NM 13, WM Christian 2
    Justin Visconti HR
1-1            Hesperia 9, NM 7              Visconti 2 RBI
1-2            *Montague 7, NM 5            Mike Schrieber 4 hits
1-3            Orchard View 18, NM 11    Visconti 3 hits
1-4            *Ravenna 7, NM 4             Visconti HR, double; Schrieber 3 hits
1-5            Shelby 24, NM 15              Mike Boyle GS; Schrieber 4 hits; Shelby 12 runs in 1st inning
1-6           Grant 16, NM 6 
2-6           *NM 6, Oakridge 0
           Visconti 1-hitter, 12 K’s, 6 1/3 innings of no-hit ball
3-6           *NM 12, Shelby 7             Visconti wins
3-7            *Shelby 11, NM 10            Dan Wegner HR; Visconti HR
4-7           NM 14, Holton 4
               County Tournament; Schrieber 1 hitter; Visconti HR
4-8           Kent City 9, NM 7              County Tournament
5-8           *NM 11, Hart 3
                  Visconti 3-hitter, 14 K's; Nick Bolema 3 hits; Wegner, Boyle 2 hits
6-8           *NM 19, Mason CC 18
      NM 5 HR (Boyle – 2; Wegner – 2; Bolema – 1)
6-9            *Mason CC 17, NM 1         Spartans score 11 runs in 3rd inning; NM only 3 hits
6-10          *Montague 11, NM 6         Mike Kirlis 2 hits
6-11          *Whitehall 12, NM 0          NM pitchers walk 11
6-12          *Whitehall 18, NM 2           Kirlis has only NM hit
6-13          *Ravenna 10, NM 3
6-14          *Oakridge 14, NM 10          Visconti HR
7-14         NM 7, Holton 6
                Visconti 13 K’s
8-14         NM 15, Pentwater 5       
Boyle HR; Visconti 2 hits, including triple
9-14         NM 9, Pentwater 3           Boyle 3-hitter; Bolema 2 hits
10-14       *NM 5, Hart 3
                    Visconti 14 K’s
10-15       Musk. Catholic 11, NM 2    Visconti HR
11-15       NM 15, Walkerville 4       
District; Boyle HR
12-15       NM 5, WM Christian 4
      District Championship
12-16        Manton 4, NM 0                Regional; Visconti 3-hitter 

1995 – coach Walt Gawkowski (19-7 overall; 11-3 in WMC; 2nd place in WMC; Ravenna Champs)
The 1995 season would be one of the most successful seasons the Norse would experience in a number of years, yet it left the Norsemen feeling a little empty. The team finished with the first winning season since a 11-10 record in 1985. Two of the Norse defeats suffered during the season bordered on the surreal. In the first game of the County tournament, the confident Norse took a 6-0 record into their first-round match-up against a Holton team looking for its first win. The Red Devils shocked the Norse 12-7 as the Blue & Gold offense had numerous rallies cut short with lazy fly ball outs. When one looks at the final score in NM’s 29-13 defeat handed them by Reeths-Puffer, no one could scarcely believe that NM actually led by one run going into the last inning. Before a shell-shocked NM pitching staff recorded the final out in the seventh and final inning, the Rockets had 17 runners cross the plate. Muskegon area Class C/D coach-of-the-year Walt Gawkowski’s nine seemingly were headed toward the school’s first West Michigan Conference championship in 22 years, boasting a WMC mark of 11-1 with two conference games remaining. Needing only one victory in the final two games, the Norse came up on the short end in both games. In the final contest, Oakridge finally got the better of Justin Visconti. After being one-hit twice in the past two years by the Norsemen ace, the Eagles dealt Visconti a 2-1 heartbreaking defeat. The hard-hitting Norse star also had an 18-game consecutive hitting streak game halted by the Eagles. The Norse did bounce back to easily capture their second District championship in as many years, and they did it in convincing style. Visconti struck out 12 batters and belted his eighth home run of the season as NM trounced Western Michigan Christian. Teddy “Ballgame” Cooper joined in the fun by also blasting a home run for the winners. A bleary-eyed group of seniors struggled in the following weekend’s Regional battle at James B. Johnson Field. Celebrating late into the night following the previous evening’s graduation ceremonies, the Norse struggled but did manage to pull out a 14-13 first-round Regional win over Baldwin, the first Regional win in school history. The Norse had little left in their tank and lost the Regional final to powerful Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart. Visconti concluded his career with his name at the top of the record books in a number of categories, both with his bat and his arm. The only NM selection to the East-West All-Star game ended his career as a Norsemen in a most memorable fashion. At historic Tiger Stadium, Visconti lashed a double off the left-centerfield wall against future major league All-Star J.J. Putz.  

Record Score                            Interesting Fact
1-0           NM 19, WM Christian 10        
Justin Visconti hits for cycle (2nd cycle in school history), 6 RBI
2-0           *NM 4, Hart 2                       
Visconti 1 hitter; Matt Wikandeer, Kevin Robertson 2 hits
3-0           NM 11, Orchard View 4        Mike Schrieber wins; Schrieber 3 hits; Visconti 2 hits, 4 RBI
4-0           *NM 6, Whitehall 4
               Visconti 15 K’s; Mike Kirlis, Visconti, Schreiber 2 hits
5-0           *NM 8, Oakridge 4
                Visconti, Dan Wegner HR
6-0           *NM 11, Shelby 2
                  Visconti HR, 2 triples, 6 RBI
6-1            Holton 12, NM 7                    County; Visconti 3 hits; Wikander 2 hits, including double
7-1           *NM 6, Ravenna 1               
Mike Farmer 2 hits, including HR; Visconti, Robertson 2 hits
7-2            Reeths-Puffer 29, NM 13         RP scores 17 runs in 7th inning; Schreiber 4 hits
8-2           *NM 8, Hart 5                      
Visconti, Ted Cooper HR
9-2           *NM 10, Mason CC 4
             Visconti 12 K’s; Boyle & Visconti 2 hits; Wegner triple
10-2         *NM 4, Mason CC 3
               8 innings; Visconti 2 hits, including GW double
10-3          Fremont 16, NM 13               Visconti 4 hits; Wegner, Kirlis 3 hits
11-3         NM 5, Hesperia 4                
Schrieber 2 hits, comes on in 7th to earn save
12-3         *NM 14, Whitehall 4              Wegner 3 hits, including HR; Visconti 3-run HR
12-4          *Shelby 10, NM 3                  Visconti 2 hits
13-4         NM 12, Holton 1                  
Kirlis, Visconti, Schreiber, Wegner 2 hits
14-4         *NM 5, Montague 4              
Visconti, Wikander double
15-4         *NM 11, Montague 4            
Visconti HR, 2 triples, school-record 7 RBI; Kurlis triple
15-5          *Ravenna 6, NM 1                  Visconti gives up 6 unearned runs; Visconti HR
15-6          *Oakridge 2, NM 1                 Visconti’s 18-game hit streak snapped; NM only 2 hits
16-6         NM 5, Musk. Catholic 3       
Schrieber wins; Visconti 2 hits, including double; Cooper 2 RBI
17-6         NM 15, Walkerville 5
           District; Kirlis, Schrieber, Visconti, Robertson 3 hits
18-6         NM 16, WM Christian 4       
District Title; Visconti 12 K’s; Ted Cooper, Visconti HR, Farmer 3 hits
19-6         NM 14, Baldwin 13
               Regional; Mike Schrieber 4 hits; Wegner 2 hits, 4 RBI
19-7         MP Sacred Heart 9, NM 1       Regional finals; Wegner RBI double
 



1996 – coach Walt Gawkowski (3-19 overall; 1-13 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Shelby/Ravenna co-Champs)
From the Penthouse to the Outhouse – that was the direction the Norsemen took in 1996. After winning a school record 19 games in 1995, the Norsemen then turned around and lost 19, the most losses in school history. Ironically enough, one of NM’s wins came against perennial power Whitehall by the narrowest of margins, 10-9. Matt Wikander got the win and aided his own cause by capping a five-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Norse rallied for five runs. The Norse struggled in the pitching department as NM hurlers gave up an unhealthy 11.3 runs per game, the highest permitted per game in Norsemen history. Only tiny Pentwater High School would fall twice to the Norse. One of those losses came in the first round of Districts when the Norse won a 15-14 slugfest. Kevin Robertson delivered the highlight blow of the season when he delivered a two-run home run to send the game into extra innings. The Norse won in eight innings, but no such magic worked in the District championship game. Ending their season at an unceremonious 3-19, the Norse was nipped by perennial final foe Western Michigan Christian, 7-6, in another eight-inning battle.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 WM Christian 14, NM 11 Matt Wikander 3 hits; Ted Cooper & Kevin Robertson 3 RBI
0-2 *Whitehall 19, NM 2 Jeremy Wegner 2 hits
0-3 *Shelby 13, NM 12
0-4 Buchanan 7, NM 6 J. Wegner, Dan Wegner (cousins) HR
0-5 Buchanan 15, NM 1 D. Wegner's HR accounts for only NM run
0-6 *Oakridge 15, NM 4 J. Wegner HR; Brian Ware triple
0-7 Oakridge 9, NM 8 County Tournament; Oakridge overcomes 6-1 deficit
0-8 *Ravenna 13, NM 3 Jason Bogue, D. Wegner double
0-9 *Hart 10, NM 8 Ted Cooper 3-run HR
0-10 *Montague 10, NM 2 Bogue 2 hits
0-11 *Montague 22, NM 2 Montague 12 hits, 17 runs in 1st inning; NM no hits in 3-inning game
1-11 *NM 10, Whitehall 9 Wikander’s 2-run double caps 5-run rally in the 7th; Ware 3 hits
1-12 *Mason CC 12, NM 0 Wikander 2 hits
1-13 *Mason CC 4, NM 2 Mike Kirlis 2 hits, including HR
1-14 *Shelby 7, NM 6 NM loses 5-0 lead
1-15 Musk. Catholic 16, NM 4 D. Wegner 2 doubles
1-16 *Oakridge 10, NM 0 NM only 3 hits; Wikander double
1-17 *Ravenna 10, NM 3 D. Wegner 3 hits
1-18 *Hart 16, NM 11 D. Wegner HR
2-18 NM 14, Pentwater 4 Marcus Norman wins; NM scores 7 runs in 1st inning
3-18 NM 15, Pentwater 14 8 innings; Kevin Robertson 2-run HR to send game into 8th
3-19 WM Christian 7, NM 6 District; WMC scores 2 runs after 2 outs for win; D. Wegner 2 hits



1997 – coach Walt Gawkowski (11-19 overall; 4-10 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Oakridge Champs)
One of the signature trademarks of a Walt Gawkowski coached team was improvement as the season progressed. That trait certainly applied once again in 1997 as the Norse captured yet another District title before succumbing to the defending Class D state champs, Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart in the Regional finals. The Norse received some timely pitching from Charlie Cihak as well as leadership and hitting from Matt Wikander Jason Bogue, Jeff Gowell and Jeremy Wegner throughout the season. Wegner finished the season right at the .400 mark to lead all hitters. Cihak’s best efforts were a 3-1, three-hitter vs. Mason County Central and a 4-0, 11-strikeout outing in the Regional opener against Mason County Eastern. Coming off a dismal 1996 season, the Norse pulled a major early season surprise by edging Whitehall, 6-5, and their sophomore shortstop Nate McLouth, the only game Whitehall would lose to the Norsemen during the future major leaguer’s stellar career with the Vikings. McLouth is one of three big leaguers to play vs. NM. (Jim Johnson and Ray Newman are the others.) As of 2012, McLouth had played for PIttsburgh, Atlanta and Baltimore. However, it shold be noted that early in the 1920s, prior to North Muskegon becoming a high school, Montague's Ira Flagstead would play on the current northside diamond against the town's team. 

Record Score                            Interesting Fact
0-1            Reeths-Puffer 12, NM 2     Jeremy Wegner, Matt Wickander only 2 NM hits
1-1           *NM 6, Whitehall 5          
Wegner 2 hits, including HR; Wickander 2 hits, including double, 4 RBI
1-2            *Shelby 7, NM 3                Brian Ware HR; Adam Derrickson 2 hits
1-3           Mona Shores 8, NM 5        8 innings; Ware double, triple; Eric Klopp, Wegner, Derrickson 2 singles
1-4            *Oakridge 7, NM 2             Wegner 3 hits, Wikander double
2-4           NM 13, Pentwater 3         
Jeff Gowell, Ware, Adam Vanberkum 2 hits
2-5            *Ravenna 7, NM 0             Wegner, Wickander only 2 NM hits
2-6            *Montague 8, NM 1            NM gets all 3 of its hits in 7th
2-7           *Hart 11, NM 7                  Wegner, Charlie Cihak 3 hits; Derrickson, Wikander 2 hits
2-8           Kent City 12, NM 10          County Tournament; Adam Derrickson HR; Wegner 3 hits
3-8           *NM 7, Mason CC 1          
Cihak 3-hitter; Gowell 3 hits, including double, 3 RBI
3-9            *Mason CC 11, NM 1         Gowell 2 hits, including double; Pleiness (Toronto Blue Jays) wins
3-10          Spring Lake 7, NM 6          Gowell 2 hits, including double; tying run thrown out at the plate in 7th
3-11          *Whitehall 4, NM 2             Future major leaguer Nate McLouth 2-for-2 for Whitehall
4-11         NM 15, Hesperia 5           
Cihak HR; Wegner only Norse with 2 hits
5-11         *NM 9, Shelby 3
               Jason Bogue, Cihak HR
5-12         WM Christian 9, NM 8       NM trailing 9-1 before scoring 7 runs in 7th; Wegner HR; Bogue 3 hits
5-13          *Oakridge 7, NM 4            Bogue, Wegner HR, Wegner 3 hits, Gowell 2 hits
6-13         NM 11, Holton 4             
Wegner 4 hits; Wikander 3 hits; Derrickson 2 hits
7-13         *NM 9, Hart 6                   
Bogue 3 hits; Wikander 2 hits; Ware HR
8-13         NM 10, Orchard View 9   
Cihak, Wegner 3 hits; Ware 2 hits, including triple; Gowell 2 hits
8-14          Fremont 6, NM 3              Wegner double
8-15          *Montague 13, NM 3          Wegner 2 hits, including double
8-16          *Ravenna 11, NM 9           Bogue, Cihak 2 hits; Wegner HR
8-17          Shelby 3, NM 2                @ Old Kent Park in GR; Wegner double
8-18          Shelby 7, NM 0                @ Old Kent Park in GR; Ware triple
9-18         NM 11, Pentwater 0        District; Gowell 5-inning shutout; Ware 3-for-3 with HR; Bogue 2 hits
10-18       NM 11, WM Christian 8    District Championship; Ware hits HR, Matt Campbell 2 doubles
11-18       NM 4, Mason CE 0           Regional; Cihak 4-hitter, 11 K’s; Derrickson 2 hits, including triple, 3 RBI
11-19       MP Sacred Heart 12, NM 4Regional finals; Bogue 3 hits, including 2 doubles; Ware double, triple


1998 – coach Walt Gawkowski (14-19 overall; 5-9 in WMC; xx in WMC; Mason County Central Champs)
Although the weatherman cooperated in 1998 as the Norse were able to play a then school-record 33 games (since broken by the 2008 team with 38 games), it was an up-and-down season for the NM baseball team. In a rare display of good fortune, the Norse were able to get off to a good start in 1998, compiling a six-game winning streak before falling on some hard times. Much of this credit, however, should go to some strong opposition as NM dropped six of its next seven games to Mason County Central, Spring Lake and Whitehall before splitting a doubleheader with another tough opponent, the Montague Wildcats. The Norse again finished strong, and many of the Norsemen were able to pad their batting averages by piling up a combined 40 runs in a doubleheader blitz of Holton. Jeff Gowell batted a robust .423 for the season while Jeremy Wegner supplied much of the power by blasting five home runs. The Norsemen would face for the first time in the state playoffs a team they would now see a lot of over the next few years, the Crusaders of Muskegon Catholic. After competing in a higher classification for many years, declining enrollment moved Muskegon Catholic into Class D with the Norse. After defeating MCC 9-6 during the regular season, NM dropped the Class D District finals, 6-2. The Norse had earlier won the first game of the Saturday District twin bill in dramatic fashion. NM, not deterred after WM Christian took a three-run lead by scoring six runs in the sixth inning, rallied with four runs in the bottom of the seventh to earn a berth in the finals. Cihak laced a single for the game winning RBI. 

Record  Score                             Interesting Fact
0-1            Reeths-Puffer 9, NM 3       Future CMU ace Dave LeMieux wins for R-P; Joe Wingett 2-run single
1-1           *NM 11, Shelby 10           
Jeremy Wegner 4 hits, including HR, 5 RBI
1-2           Mona Shores 10, NM 4      Charlie Cihak double
1-3           Mona Shores 16, NM 5      Anthony Visconti 2 hits; Jason Bogue, Ryan Campbell, Cihak double
2-3           *NM 6, Oakridge 5
            Wegner 3 hits, including HR; Adam Derrickson HR
3-3           NM 23, Pentwater 8
          Wingett 3 hits, including HR
4-3           *NM 8, Ravenna 2           
Jeff Gowell wins; Cihak double, 3 RBI
5-3           *NM 7, Hart 4                    Cihak wins; Cihak 3 hits
6-3           NM 5, WM Christian 3     
County; Bogue, Campbell 2 hits
7-3           NM 7, Holton 6               
County; Campbell 2 hits; Nick Abel double
7-4           Musk. Catholic 9, NM 1     County championship; Bogue's sacrifice fly only RBI; Derrickson 3-for-3
7-5            *Mason CC 1, NM 0          Cihak 3-hitter in losing cause
7-6            *Mason CC 13, NM 3        Bogue HR
7-7            Spring Lake 11, NM 4        Wegner 2 HR; Bogue HR
8-7           *NM 11, Montague 8
        Derrickson 3 hits, including HR
8-8            *Montague 8, NM 6            Cihak, Derrickson, Wegner 2 hits
8-9            *Whitehall 14, NM 4          Wingett 2 hits,; Cihak double
8-10          *Whitehall 13, NM 3          Bogue triple
9-10         NM 8, Hesperia 7             
Wegner 3 hits; Bogue 2 doubles
9-11          Orchard View 11, NM 10    Visconti triple, 2 doubles; Bogue 2 doubles
9-12          *Shelby 3, NM 2                Derrickson 2 hits, 2 RBI
9-13          *Oakridge 6, NM 1            Abel, the catcher, throws out 4 base runners
10-13       NM 9, Musk. Catholic 6    Abel HR; Gowell, Derrickson single, double
10-14        Shelby 10, NM 8                Campbell 2 hits
10-15        Shelby 15, NM 4                Bogue 2 hits, 3 RBI  
10-16        *Ravenna 7, NM 3             Abel, Campbell, Wegner 2 hits
11-16       NM 23, Holton 8             
Gowell 4 hits, including double, sac fly, 6 RBI; Wegner, Visconti 3 hits
12-16       NM 17, Holton 5               
Abel 6 hits in DH; Jason Bogue 3 hits, including 2 doubles; Cihak 3 hits
12-17       *Hart 15, NM 3                  NM only 3 hits (Derrickson, Wegner, Wingett)
13-17       NM 2, GR Baptist 1          Pre-District; Cihak 1-hitter; Visconti 2 hits, including GW double
13-18        Fremont 12, NM 1              Wegner HR; Gowell, Derrickson 2 hits
14-18       NM 9, WM Christian 8
      District; Bogue 3 hits; Cihak 2 hits, GW RBI in 7th
14-19       Musk. Catholic 6, NM 2     District finals; NM only 3 hits          

1999 – coach Walt Gawkowski (11-15 overall; 7-6 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Whitehall Champs)
After getting off to a more atypical slow start, the Norsemen bounced back to win 11 games. The battered Norse pitching staff gave up double-digit runs in five of their first six games before getting well in a doubleheader victory over Hart. The Norse needed only three innings to mercy the Pirates, 16-0, as Jason Bogue hit two of his team-high five home runs in the abbreviated contest. Other season highlights included Ryan Campbell’s six hits in a doubleheader victory over WMC rival Montague while J.J. Beckstrom traded his golf clubs for a baseball bat in 1999. The future golfing pro chipped in with three hits in a Norsemen 12-6 victory over Ravenna. The Norse were not so fortunate in a couple of other notable contests. After Jeff Gowell shut out the Shelby Tigers on a three-hitter, the very next outing was one for the books. The Norse scored 20 runs against Fremont yet lost! The Packers scored 21 in one of the wildest games in NM history. The Whitehall Vikings, in a visit to James B. Johnson Field, showed NM baseball followers why they would set a state record for the most home runs in a season. Rarely would a player ever blast a ball over the old fence in right field, but Whitehall did it twice in one game. The first rocket off the bat of David Miller was undoubtedly the longest ever hit at the venerable site that dates back to 1920. The future Michigan State University slugger hit a Ruthian clout that finally came down after landing atop a tree in a yard on the other side of Fowler Street. Not to be denied, Nate McLouth, who would sign a hefty signing bonus with the Pittsburgh Pirates during the summer, also deposited a Diamond Baseball outside the spacious right-field fence. 

Record   Score                          Interesting Fact
0-1            Muskegon 25, NM 13        First match-up since 1976; Justin Wikander bases-loaded triple
0-2           Mona Shores 13, NM 8      J.J. Beckstron, Wikander 2 hits
0-3           Mona Shores 10, NM 7      Jason Bogue double 4RBIs
1-3           *NM 12, Ravenna 10       
Bogue HR; Erik Richardson 3 hits; Ryan Campbell 2 hits
2-3           NM 9, Pentwater 3         
Beckstrom 2 hits, including HR; Gowell 2 hits
2-4            Reeths-Puffer 17, NM 6     Jeff Gowell 2 doubles; Nick Abel 2 hits
3-4           *NM 16, Hart 0                 
Jason Bogue 2 HR; 3-inning mercy game
4-4           *NM 6, Hart 5                   
Campbell GW RBI in 7th; Gowell 2 hits
4-5            *Whitehall 11, NM 0          5 innings as Whitehall’s David Miller throws shutout & hits HR
4-6           Musk. Catholic 9, NM 7     County; Bogue 2 doubles; Gowell 2 hits; Wikander HR
5-6           NM 7, Hesperia 2           
Campbell winning pitcher; Richardson, Campbell 2 hits
5-7            *Mason CC 6, NM 1          NM only 3 hits (Campbell, Abel & Anthony Visconti)
5-8            *Mason CC 16, NM 2        NM only 2 hits in 5-inning game
5-9            Spring Lake 7, NM 6          Bogue 2 hits
6-9           *NM 12, Ravenna 8         
Beckstrom 3 hits, 3 RBI; Richardson 2 hits, including double
7-9           *NM 14, Montague 4       
Bogue winning pitcher; Gowell, Bogue, Campbell 3 hits
8-9           *NM 4, Montague 3          Gowell winner; Ryan Campbell 3 hits, GW RBI; Gowell 2 hits
8-10         Musk. Catholic 9, NM 4     Gowell 3 hits, including 2 doubles; Abel throws out 3 from catcher position
8-11          *Oakridge 8, NM 0            Nick Heethuis no-hits NM
8-12          *Whitehall 15, NM 3          Visconti HR
8-13          *Shelby 9, NM 3                Nick Marietti 2 doubles
9-13         *NM 5, Shelby 0             
Jeff Gowell 3-hitter; Campbell 3 hits; Bogue, Richardson 2 hits
9-14          Fremont 21, NM 20            Abel 2 HR’s, 6 RBIs; Gowell 2 hits; Visconti HR
10-14       NM 14, Holton 6             
Bogue HR; Campbell, Gowell, Visconti, Marietti 2 hits
11-14       NM 8, Holton 6               
Beckstrom, Bogue HR
11-15       WM Christian 9, NM 8       District; Gowell, Campbell 2 hits 

2000 – coach Walt Gawkowski (8-17 overall; 4-10 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Whitehall Champs)
A very young North Muskegon squad took their lumps in 2000. As many as four freshmen would see significant time for the Norse while the two leading pitchers on the staff were juniors. Sophomore Erik Richardson, grandson of former New York Yankee star Bobby Richardson, MVP of the 1960 World Series, would bring a big bat to the lineup. Infielders would see the inviting target of soon-to-be 6-foot-10 Drew Naymick, a future Michigan State University basketball player, as a first baseman for the next four years. The Norsemen pitching staff would be knocked around on occasion but the experience garnered in 2000 would pay huge dividends the following year. Junior right-hander Mike Waisura turned in the best pitching performance when he limited Western Michigan Christian to four hits while leading NM to a first-round District win over their perennial rival. The lone senior on the team, Justin Wikander, led the team in hitting with a .347 average with junior shortstop Nick Marietti not far behind at .343. 

Record   Score                           Interesting Fact
0-1            Muskegon 20, NM 10         Justin Wikander HR
0-2            Muskegon 11, NM 1
0-3           WM Christian 9, NM 8       Nick Marietti 2 doubles, 3 RBI
0-4            Reeths-Puffer 16, NM 2
1-4           *NM 5, Ravenna 4            Mike Waisura drives in winning run with 2 outs in 7th; Drew Naymick 2 hits
1-5            *Montague 9, NM 1            Mark Bilek 3-for-3, including 2 doubles
2-5           *NM 14, Hart 3                 
Waisura wins, no earned runs; Matt Geyer HR, 5 RBI
3-5           *NM 11, Hart 5                 
Nick Haines double, triple; Naymick triple; Marietti 2 hits
3-6            *Oakridge 8, NM 4             Erik Richardson 3 hits; Waisura 2 hits
3-7            *Whitehall 24, NM 0           Equals worse defeat in NM history
3-8            *Mason CC 13, NM 9        Richardson 3 hits, including HR, double; Waisura 2 hits, including double
3-9            *Mason CC 12, NM 1         NM only 2 hits; Haines triple; Richardson single
4-9           *NM 10, Ravenna 4
           Future NFLer Todd Herremans 2-for-3 for Ravenna; Bilek, Haines 2 hits
4-10          *Montague 16, NM 6          Richardson double
4-11          Montague 7, NM 1             County; NM walks nine; Richardson, Haines 2 hits
5-11         NM 13, Musk. Catholic 8  
Bilek 4 walks; Waisura 2 hits, including double
5-12          *Oakridge 13, NM 1           NM only 2 hits; Geyer triple
5-13          *Shelby 11, NM 2              Bilek HR for only NM hit
5-14          *Shelby 11, NM 1              5 innings; Wikander RBI single
5-15          *Whitehall 12, NM 2           Waisura 2 hits
6-15         NM 10, Holland Calvary 0
Sean Scott 5-inning shutout; Marietti, Wikander 3 hits
7-15         NM 19, Holland Calvary 4
Bilek, Haines HR
7-16          Hesperia 6, NM 2              Naymick 2 hits, including double
8-16         NM 3, WM Christian 2
      District; Waisura 4-hitter
8-17         Musk. Catholic 9, NM 1     District finals     

2001 – coach Walt Gawkowski (20-7 overall; 10-4 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Montague Champs)
The Norsemen team of 2001 became the first baseball club in NM history to win 20 games in a single season.  Only in a doubleheader defeat at the hands of Montague would the Norse have a losing streak of more than one game. Certainly one of many highlights for this team was capturing the school’s first County C/D title since entering the tournament back in the mid 1970s. After trailing Ravenna in the County semifinals by 10 runs, Sean Scott took the mound and stopped the bleeding. NM hitters did the rest with Eric Richardson blasting a long home run over the distant left field fence at MCC’s Sikorski Field to pace the comeback. The 22-20 NM victory equaled the most runs scored by two teams in NM history, first set in 1936 and matched in 1995. A rested Mike Waisura, penciled in to start Monday’s first game of a doubleheader with Montague, took the mound and guided the Norse to a well-played 6-1 victory over Holton in the County title game. As if losing a 10-run lead wasn’t enough anguish suffered by Ravenna coach Paul Herremans in 2001, the next game between the Norse and the Bulldogs bordered on the impossible. The Norse trailed by four runs with two out and nobody on base with a two-strike count on the Norse hitter. Future NFL star Todd Herremans then struck out the Norse hitter, but in a scene reminiscent of Mickey Owens passed ball in the 1941 World Series, the Norse runner reached base safely and the never-say-die Norse rallied to take a 5-4 lead and hanged on for the win. Coach Walt Gawkowski’s team again ended the season with a flourish by winning eight games in a row. Drew Naymick blasted a pair of tape measure home runs in the District championship win over Western Michigan Christian. After taking a week off, a rusty Norse pitching staff had difficulty adjusting to the pitching mound at the all-skin infield surface in Pentwater. The heavily favored Norsemen fell in the first round of the Regional to Grand Rapids Tri-Unity Christian, walking an uncharacteristic 11 hitters while dropping the high scoring affair, 12-11. 

Record   Score                             Interesting Fact
1-0           NM 6, Holland Calvary 5 NM pitchers walk 16; Eric Richardson 2 hits; Matt Geyer GW RBI in 7th
2-0           *NM 9, Whitehall 5          
Matt Geyer 4-for-4, including 2 HR; Drew Naymick, Nick Marietti 2 hits  
3-0           NM 9, Spring Lake 8        8 innings; NM rallies from 8 down; Mark Bilek GW double in 8th
4-0           *NM 7, Oakridge 6           
Mike Waisura 2 doubles; Richardson 2 hits
5-0           *NM 9, Shelby 4             
Nick Haines, Geyer HR
6-0           *NM 6, Shelby 5               
9 inn.; Naymick 2 hits (GW single in 9th); Richardson, Geyer 3 hits
6-1            Reeths-Puffer 12, NM 0     Marrietti 2 hits; Richardson double
7-1           *NM 13, Ravenna 6         
Richardson 2 hits, 5 RBI; Marietti 4 walks; NM has 11 walks 
7-2            *Mason CC 8, NM 6          Marietti 1-for-1 with 3 walks
8-2           *NM 10, Mason CC 3
        Marrietti complete-game win; Naymick, Marrietti 3 hits
8-3            *Whitehall 8, NM 5             Richardson, Sean Scott 2 hits
9-3           NM 11, Musk. Catholic 7  
County; Waisura, Geyer 3 hits, Marietti 3 more walks
10-3         NM 22, Ravenna 20        
County; Richardson 3 hits, including HR, 5 RBI; NM rallies from 10 down
11-3         NM 6, Holton 1                 
County Championship; Waisura complete game; Haines 2 hits
11-4          *Montague 6, NM 3            Bilek 2 hits
11-5          *Montague 10, NM 4          Haines 2 hits, including double
12-5         *NM 10, Oakridge 7          NM scores 5 unearned runs in 8th; Cody West, Waisura 2-run single
12-6          Holton 8, NM 7                  Haines HR; Naymick 2 hits; Marietti 3 walks
13-6         *NM 6, Hart 4                  Haines winning HR in 7th inning; Naymick, Bilek, Richardson, Scott 2 hits
14-6         *NM 10, Hart 9                  2 unearned runs in bottom of 7th; Bilek 3-for-3; Richardson, Geyer 2 hits
15-6         *NM 5, Ravenna 4           
Future NFLer Todd Herremans takes loss; Marrietti, Geyers 2 hits
16-6         NM 13, WM Christian 7   
Naymick 3 hits, 5 RBI; Marietti 3 hits
17-6         NM 4, Shelby 3               
Nick Marietti 15 K’s (4 in 1st inning); Geyer, Naymick 2 hits
18-6         NM 15, Pentwater 0         
Pre-District; Richardson 3-for-3; Naymick, Waisura, Geoff Dean 2 hits
19-6         NM 7, Musk. Catholic 6   
District; Waisura HR; Bilek, Naymick, Haines 2 hits
20-6         NM 10, WM Christian 0
    District Championship; Naymick 2 HR
20-7         Tri-Unity 12, NM 11            Regional; NM pitchers walk 11 (7 scored); Marietti 3 hits

 



2002 – coach Walt Gawkowski (9-17 overall; 3-11 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Montague Champs)
A young North Muskegon team struggled during the season, but a few Norsemen had some interesting highlights. Freshman Mike Dean may not have ever envisioned how his pitching career would turn out after a less than successful debut on the mound in early 2002. Dean gave up 15 runs, although only seven would be earned in a Norse 15-9 defeat at the hands of Spring Lake. Dean would bounce back from this setback to post four of the Norse nine victories on the season. Among the spectators taking in the NM-Laker game was MSU head basketball coach Tom Izzo. Having not yet signed future Spartan Drew Naymick, Izzo may have feared Naymick might want to opt to play baseball for the Spartans instead of basketball. Naymick, perhaps wanting to make a lasting impression on his future basketball coach, went a perfect 4-for-4 with a double in a losing cause. Although Naymick has since been in the limelight many times in basketball as the MHSAA's all-time shot blocker and more recently the record-holder in blocked shots at Michigan State University, Naymick had a day he will never forget against perennial power Holland Calvary, when he picked up his only pitching victory in his four years as a Norseman. The modest Naymick went through most of his varsity and MSU career with an ailing shoulder, a fact he never once pointed out to his high-school baseball coaches, just another testimony to his team play. Sean Scott had a day to remember in a NM twin bill sweep of Hart on May 7. Scott banged out a school-record eight hits on the afternoon, including three doubles in NM’s 17-10 win in game No. 1. Mike Dean would later join Scott as one of only a handful of ex-Norsemen to have three doubles in one game. Oddly enough, the trio of two baggers Dean banged out in a pre-District win over Walkerville would be his only doubles for the entire year.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 Muskegon 14, NM 2 Nick Haines 2 hits
0-2 Reeths-Puffer 16, NM 2 Geoff Dean 2-run single; Haines double
0-3 *Whitehall 8, NM 2 Tom Hanis HR; Justin Derks double
0-4 *Shelby 9, NM 1 NM only 4 hits
0-5 *Shelby 8, NM 5 Dean 3 hits; Haines 2 hits
0-6 Spring Lake 15, NM 9 Drew Naymick 4-for-4 as MSU coach Tom Izzo watches game
1-6 *NM 7, Oakridge 5 Naymick, Tom Hanis 2 hits, including double
1-7 *Mason CC 4, NM 3 Brandon Hillman double
1-8 *Mason CC 15, NM 3 5 innings; Dean double
1-9 *Ravenna 5, NM 3 Haines 2 run triple
2-9 NM 15, Holland Calvary 2 Haines 3-for-4, including HR, 5 RBI; Hillman 3 hits
2-10 *Montague 15, NM 0 3 innings; Hanis double
2-11 *Montague 15, NM 0 4 innings; Haines has only NM hit
2-12 *Whitehall 15, NM 8 Mike Dean, Eric Kravako 2 hits; Casey Closz HR
3-12 *NM 17, Hart 10 Sean Scott 4 hits, including 3 doubles; M. Dean HR
4-12 *NM 16, Hart 2 Scott 4 hits; Naymick, Grant Wieman 2 hits
4-13 *Oakridge 16, NM 4 M. Dean HR; Naymick 2-for-2; Scott 2 hits
4-14 WM Christian 15, NM 8 County; Kravako 2 hits
5-14 NM 7, Holton 5 G. Dean 2 hits, including HR; Haines 2 hits
5-15 *Ravenna 9, NM 5 M. Dean, Haines 2 hits
6-15 NM 9, Musk. Catholic 3 Hillman 2 hits, 4 RBI; Naymick 2 hits
7-15 NM 16, WM Christian 13 Hillman, Naymick 2 hits, including double; G. Dean 2 hits
8-15 NM 13, Walkerville 3 Pre-District; Naymick 4-for-4; M. Dean 3 doubles; Hanis HR, 4 RBI
8-16 Shelby 9, NM 5 @ Old Kent Park in GR; Haines, Hillman 3 hits; Scott 2 hits
9-16 NM 5, WM Christian 3 District; Scott win in relief; 9 innings; Naymick GW RBI
9-17 Musk. Catholic 7, NM 0 District finals; Hillman has 2 of NM’s 4 hits



2003 – coach Walt Gawkowski (18-11 overall; 7-7 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Shelby Champs)
Walt Gawkowski concluded his outstanding coaching career in his 17th season by going out in style. The 2003 Norsemen won another District title and nearly added yet another County Championship to Gawkowski’s resume, dropping a tough 12-10 decision to Holton in the finals. The District championship game was certainly anti-climatic to the first game of the day’s doubleheader. Trailing archrival Muskegon Catholic Central, 3-0, going into the bottom of the sixth inning, the outcome did indeed look dark for the Norsemen. However, with the bases loaded and two out, Sean Scott belted a long home run over the left-field fence to send the Norse fans gathered at James B. Johnson stadium into delirium. The 4-3 win over MCC was followed by a quick three-inning, 15-0 whitewashing of Grand Rapids Tri-Unity Christian in the championship game. First baseman Drew Naymick concluded his four-year career at or near the top of the leader board in a number of career statistics.  What his teammates and coaches will most remember is Naymick withdrawing from the prestigious Michael Jordan Classic basketball all-star game. To have played in that game, televised on ESPN, would have meant he would have to forego his senior season of baseball per MHSAA rules. Naymick was the leading hitter on a team that collectively hit better than .300 for the season. The Norse batters swatted a school record 26 home runs with Geoff Dean hitting 10. On April 30, Geoff and Mike Dean had a moment that will long be remembered in the Dean family, becoming the first set of brothers to hit back-to-back home runs in a game. A welcome addition to the team was Japanese foreign exchange student Tomoki Hiramatsu. Hiramatsu was a splendid fielder for the Norse and also chipped in with many timely hits throughout the campaign. Coach Gawkowski would end his coaching career with more than 180 victories before working his same kind of baseball magic at Mona Shores. 

Record   Score                        Interesting Fact
1-0           NM 14, Muskegon 9        
Mike Dean, Eric Kravako, Brandon Hillman HR
2-0           *NM 14, Ravenna 7         
Hillman 2 HR; Geoff Dean HR; Drew Naymick 3 hits
3-0           *NM 4, Hart 2                  
Sean Scott 4-hitter, 8 K’s
4-0           *NM 11, Hart 4                
NM scores 9 runs in an inning
5-0           NM 19, Holton 6              
Scott HR
5-1            *Whitehall 14, NM 6          G. Dean HR; Tomoki Hiramatsu 3 hits
5-2            *Shelby 9, NM 3               Dean brothers hit back-to-back HR
5-3            *Shelby 14, NM 3             Hiramatsu 2 hits
5-4            *Oakridge 6, NM 1            NM averts shutout with 2-out single in 7th by Andy Grosse
6-4           NM 7, Fremont 6            
G. Dean walk-off HR; Naymick 3-run HR; M. Dean HR
6-5            Fremont 16, NM 12           Naymick, Hillman, Grosse 2 hits
7-5           *NM 4, Mason CC 0        
Scott 3-hit shutout; G. Dean, Naymick HR; Hiramatsu 2 hits
8-5           *NM 9, Mason CC 4        
G. Dean 2 HR; Scott 3 hits; Hillman 2 hits, 3 RBI
9-5           NM 6, Musk. Catholic 0  
County tourney; Scott 2nd straight shutout; Naymick, Justin Derks 2 hits
10-5         NM 8, Oakridge 6          
County Tournament; Hillman 2 hits; Naymick 2-run double
10-6          Holton 12, NM 10              County Championship; Holton scores 7 runs in 1st; Hillman, Naymick 3 hits
11-6         *NM 12, Ravenna 1         
M. Dean wins; Scott 3-run HR; Grosse 3 hits
11-7          *Montague 8, NM 7            G. Dean HR; Naymick 3 hits
11-8          *Montague 8, NM 7            Scott, Mike Dean 2 hits
11-9          Holton 2, NM 1                 Hiramatsu, Hillman, M. Dean have only NM hits
11-10        *Whitehall 3, NM 1             NM again has but 3 hits (Hiramatsu, G. Dean, M. Dean)
12-10       NM 3, Musk. Catholic 0    
Andy Grosse wins; M. Dean 2 hits, including HR
13-10       NM 5, Spring Lake 3        
Kravako, Scott 3 hits in Tom Hickman’s (SL coach) last season
14-10       NM 13, WM Christian 3    
Naymick 3 hits (HR, 2B); M. Dean 3 hits, including HR; Scott HR, 3 RBI
15-10       *NM 6, Oakridge 5           
Naymick, G. Dean, M. Dean, Grosse 2 hits
16-10       NM 7, WM Christian 6      
Pre-District; Grosse 4-for-4, Naymick 3-for-4, G. Dean HR, Hiramatsu 2 hits
17-10       NM 4, Musk. Catholic 3    
District; Scott 6th-inning GS
18-10       NM 15, Tri-Unity 0            
District Championship; 3 innings; Hiramatsu, Hillman, Grant Wieman 2 hits
18-11        Wyoming Lee 10, NM 7      Regional; Scott, Kravako 2 hits              

2004 – Warren Kent III (9-16 overall; 3-11 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Oakridge Champs)
With only two seniors and three players with varsity experience, the No. 1 goal of the Norsemen was to improve as the season progressed. Mission Accomplished. In coach Warren Kent’s first year as a varsity baseball coach, North Muskegon struggled at the beginning of the season as both players and coaches searched for the right chemistry. But with the players focusing on “every pitch, every inning,” the Norsemen won seven of their final nine games. While the 9-16 record looks bad, it is deceiving. Statistically, the Norsemen were much better. The team was outscored 183-142 in the 25 games, but take away four losses (Muskegon, 11-1; Shelby, 16-0; Mason County Central, 17-1; Oakridge, 13-1) and North Muskegon actually outscored its opponents 139-126. In those 16 losses, 11 were by fewer than six runs, including five by two runs and one by one run. Therefore, North Muskegon was 11 runs away from a 15-10 record. The punch in the lineup was provided consistently throughout the season by three juniors (Mike Dean, Andy Grosse and Ben McPherson), who led the team in 12 of the 14 offensive categories. Dean led the team with a .377 average on a team-best 26 hits in 69 at bats. Grosse, who only struck out twice in 68 at bats, paced the team with a .482 on-base percentage and had team highs in doubles (10), walks (15) and stolen bases (12). He tied McPherson with a team-leading 15 RBI. McPherson led the team in home runs (3). He tied for the team lead with 17 runs scored. Grosse (.368) and McPherson (.305) were also two of five batters to post a batting average over .300. Dean and Grosse also handled a brunt of the pitching duties. Dean, who tossed 50.3 innings, led the team with three wins. Grosse led the team with 51.6 innings and 45 strikeouts while posting a 2.58 ERA. Grosse also posted two saves. Jordan Fairbanks (.323), a freshman who DH’d throughout the year, and junior Jake Edick (.316) were the remaining players to post a .300 batting average or better. NOTE: There was no County Tournament due to rain.
 

Record  Score                          Interesting Fact
0-1            Muskegon 11, NM 1           One hit (Ben McPherson) for NM
0-2            Holton 17, NM 11              NM strands 13 runners; NM pitchers walk 15
0-3            Spring Lake 13, NM 10       NM commits 9 errors; freshman Chris Scheldt 2 hits, including double
0-4            *Ravenna 6, NM 4             
McPherson 2 doubles; Andy Grosse HR; Jerad Derks double
0-5            *Whitehall 7, NM 4             NM only 3 hits (Derks 2 singles; Grosse double)
1-5           NM 7, Hesperia 6             
Grosse 3 hits, including 2 doubles, 2 runs and 2 RBI
2-5           NM 8, Hesperia 4              8 innings; freshman Jordan
Fairbanks 4-for-5, including a double
2-6            *Oakridge 8, NM 1             
NM outhit Oakridge, 7-6; Grosse, Mike Dean 2 hits, including double
2-7           *Hart 3, NM 1                   
NM hitters strike out 11 times, leave 7 runners on base
2-8           *Hart 2, NM 0                   
Combined one-hitter from Dean, Grosse; NM only 5 hits, all singles
2-9            *Ravenna 6, NM 4             Dean 2 HR;
Grosse, McPherson, Aaron Saunders 2 hits
2-10          *Shelby 3, NM 1               
Dean led offense with 2 singles
2-11          *Shelby 16, NM 0              
Tigers 10 runs in 4th inning; Steve Dunn 2 singles (only hits for Norse)
2-12          Holton 12, NM 7               
Holton scores 11 runs with 2 outs; Derks 2 doubles
2-13          *Mason CC 17, NM 1        
NM held to just three hits while MCC smacked 15 hits
2-14          *Mason CC 4, NM 3          
MCC scored unearned run in top of 7th; McPherson, Grosse double
3-14         *NM 7, Whitehall 6          
NM uses 5-run 5th inning to erase 5-2 deficit; Dean, McPherson 2 hits
4-14         *NM 10, Montague 9         Dunn scored winning run on ground-out in bottom of 7th
inning
5-14         *NM 12, Montague 2         Grant Wieman,
Dunn, freshman Jordan Carr 2-run HR
6-14         NM 12, WM Christian 8    McPherson HR; Dean single, double, triple;
Wieman, Dunn 2 hits
6-15          *Oakridge 13, NM 1           
NM held to just two hits (singles by Dean, Grosse)
7-15         NM 10, Musk. Heights 2   Carr 2-run HR;
Grosse double, HR, 2 RBI; Dean double
8-15         NM 15, Musk. Heights 0   3-inn. no-hitter; NM triple play;
NM scored 11 runs in 1st; Derks HR
9-15         NM 7, WM Christian 3      McPherson 3-run HR;
NM only 4 hits but was helped by 8 errors
9-16          Allendale 8, NM 5              District; McPerson 2-run HR; Saunders single, double, 2 runs 

2005 – Warren Kent III (20-8 overall; 9-5 in WMC; 3rd place in WMC; Whitehall Champs)
With a team dominated by seniors, the Norsemen built off the final nine games of 2004, when NM went 7-2, and had one of the more successful seasons in school history. North Muskegon captured the County Tournament title and the District championship en route to a 20-win season. The team also finished third in the WMC, losing three games in the opposing team’s final at bat. This group of 12 seniors set the foundation for the future of Norsemen baseball under coach Warren Kent, who completed his second season. Coach Kent brought his father Warren Jr. on board as his assistant coach, as last year’s assistant coach Mike Belmonte took the reins of the JV program, which did not exist in 2004. The Tuesday morning of the Pre-District game against Freedom Baptist, Warren Jr. suffered a heart attack and was rushed to Spectrum in Grand Rapids. By mid-afternoon, he was stable with stents put into his arteries, and he told Warren III to go coach. In one of the oddest wins in NM history, the Norse struck out 18 times (no, that’s not a typo) and had just one hit but scored three runs on wild pitches for a 3-2 win over Freedom Baptist, which helped catapult the Norse to the school’s sixth District title. While 12 of the 13 players were seniors, it was junior Austin Aamodt who won the batting title with a .438 average (39-for-89). His 39 hits also led the team. Mike Dean, who won the batting title in 2004, was 36-for-87 (.414), and Andy Grosse was 36-for-90 (.400). Dean led the team with 12 doubles, four home runs and 33 RBI. He also tied for the team lead with five triples. Grosse tied for the team lead with 90 at bats and 35 runs. Dean and Grosse were also the go-to guys on the mound, combining for 13 of the team’s wins. Dean finished with a 6-3 record while leading the team in most categories. He tossed 76 innings, finishing with 68 strikeouts and a 1.75 ERA. Opponents batted just .175 (50-for-287) against him. Grosse was 7-4 on the mound, striking out 46 in 54.3 innings. Ben McPherson was the only other batter to post a batting average greater than .300. McPherson went 26-for-71 (.366) and led the team with three sacrifices. Ryan Falkowski excelled on the mound, posting a 5-0 record with a 2.39 ERA in 29.3 innings. 

Record   Score                           Interesting Fact
0-1            Muskegon 16, NM 5           Andy Grosse 2 hits, including double; Jerad Derks 2 hits
0-2           Musk. Catholic 8, NM 4     Austin Aamodt 2 hits, 2 RBI; Crusaders 7-run 2nd inning
1-2           NM 10, WM Christian 1    
Mike Dean double, triple, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Ben McPherson 2 hits, 3 RBI
2-2           NM 10, WM Christian 4    Grosse 3-run HR, 2 doubles, 5 RBI; Dean single, double, HR, 3 RBI.

3-2           *NM 4, Oakridge 2           
NM only 2 hits (Aamodt, McPherson single)
3-3           *Hart 2, NM 1                    Dean 2-hitter; Steve Dunn 2 hits; Hart scored once in bottom of 7th
4-3           *NM 11, Hart 9                 
Aamodt GS, triple; Derks 2-run HR; Grosse 2 hits, 2 RBI
5-3           NM 5, Holton 4
                 Dean HR, 2 runs; Aamodt single, double
6-3           NM 7, Holton 4
                 Dean single, 3-run HR, 4 RBI, 3 runs
6-4            *Whitehall 12, NM 5           Dean, Aamodt 2-run HR;
McPherson 2 singles, 2 runs
7-4           *NM 2, Shelby 1               Dean complete game 4-hitter, 8 K’s
; Falkowski 2 singles
7-5            *Shelby 12, NM 11             NM loses 7-run lead;
Shelby scored once in bottom of 7th
8-5           *NM 9, Oakridge 4            Grosse 3 hits, 2 RBI, 4 runs, 2 SB; Dean 3-for-3; Christian Helle HR
9-5           NM 5, Musk. Catholic 4
    County Tournament; Derks single, double; Helle 2 hits; Dean double
10-5         NM 12, Ravenna 10          County Title; McPherson 2 singles, double, 4 RBI;
Grosse 4-for-5
10-6          *Mason CC 8, NM 6           8 innings; Dunn 2 singles, double, 2 RBI, 2 runs;
Aamodt single HR
11-6         *NM 13, Mason CC 0        Grosse 3-hitter; Grosse 2 singles, 2 runs;
Aamodt triple, 2 RBI
12-6         *NM 10, Montague 2        Helle 2 triples, 2 RBI, 2 runs;
McPherson 2 singles, 3 RBI
13-6         *NM 16, Montague 6        Dean single, double, triple, 3 RBI, 3 runs;
9-run 4th inning
13-7          *Whitehall 11, NM 1          Dean single, double, run; 4th
3-game win streak of season snapped
14-7         NM 7, Hesperia 1
            Aamodt 2-hitter, 11 K’s; NM 7 extra-base hits, including 4 triples
15-7         NM 16, Hesperia 4            Combined 1-hitter for
Falkowski, Dean; Derks 3 singles, 3 RBI
16-7         *NM 3, Ravenna 0
            Dean 1-hitter, 11 K’s; Aamodt 3 singles
17-7         *NM 12, Ravenna 2          Grosse 3-hitter;
McPherson 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 3 runs; Helle 2-run 
18-7         NM 3, Freedom Baptist 2 Pre-District; NM batters struck out 18 times; NM only 1 hit
19-7         NM 5, Musk. Catholic 0    District; Dean 1-hitter; Dunn single, double, 2 runs;
Helle 2 singles
20-7         NM 23, Tri-Unity 7           
District Championship; Dean single, triple, 2 RBI, 2 runs
20-8          Lawton 3, NM 2                Regional; Dunn double, run; NM only 3 hits



2006 – Warren Kent III (19-14 overall; 8-6 in WMC; xx place in WMC; Whitehall/MCC Champs)
With only one returner from 2005, the Norsemen entered the season with one senior, four juniors and seven sophomores. The biggest problem for the young team was the beginning of games, where the Norsemen posted a 5-9 record when they were losing after the first inning; with the lead or a tie game after one inning, NM had a 14-5 record. The first inning was the only inning in which opponents (43 runs) scored more than the Norse (32 runs). Despite these first-inning woes, the Norse came thisclose to accomplishing its three goals: winning the County tournament (lost in championship game), winning districts (lost in championship game), winning 20 games (missed by one win). Two of the team’s 19 wins came against Holton, which lost in the Div. 4 State championship game. The big nemesis for the Norse was Muskegon Catholic, which beat NM three times, including the season opener, the County championship game and the District championship game. The go-to player both offensively and on the mound was junior Troy Forton, a Div. 4 All-State infielder. Offensively, Forton led the way with a .565 average while posting team highs with 48 hits, 43 RBI, 41 runs and seven triples. He tied for the team lead with six home runs. He also led the team with a .645 on-base percentage. On the mound, Forton was a dominant force, posting a 10-3 record with a 1.06 ERA with only 12 earned runs in 79 innings. Opponents batted just .178 (53-for-297) against him. He also had 126 strikeouts. The only senior, Austin Aamodt, was the team’s second-leading hitter with a .391 average (43-for-110). Aamodt, one of three players to play all 33 games, led the team with 110 at bats and nine doubles. He tied for the team lead with six home runs. Sophomore catcher Ryan Buter, was the team’s third-leading hitter with a .372 average (35-for-94). He led the team with 22 walks while posting 29 RBI, eight doubles and four home runs. Mark Picard had success on the mound, posting an 8-2 record with a 4.17 ERA.

Record  Score                            Interesting Fact
0-1           Musk. Catholic 7, NM 5     Lost in 7th inning; Ryan Buter double, 2-run HR; Austin Aamodt HR
0-2            *Montague 8, NM 7            Austin Vanderweele single, double, RBI; Troy Forton 2 hits
1-2           *NM 7, Montague 2
          Forton 13 K’s; Alex Jones single, double; Ron Balaskovitz 2 hits
1-3            *Whitehall 11, NM 6          Balaskovitz, Buter, Matt Dunn 2 singles
1-4            *Whitehall 4, NM 1            Forton 13 K’s; NM only 3hits; Buter RBI single
2-4           NM 7, Holton 6
                NM scored 6 in bottom of 6th; Buter double, 3 RBI, 2 runs
2-5            Fremont 6, NM 5              Lost in bottom of 7th on squeeze bunt; Aamodt single, 2-run HR
3-5           NM 10, Fremont 4
            Forton 10 K’s; Aamodt 4-for-5 with double, 4 RBI
3-6            Hesperia 11, NM 6            NM commits 8 errors; Buter HR; Forton, Vanderweele 2 hits
4-6           NM 16, Hesperia 6            Jordan
Fairbanks 2 doubles, 3 RBI; Forton, Balaskovitz single, double
5-6           *NM 16, Shelby 1
              Forton 1-hitter, 9 K’s; Buter single, 3-run HR, 4 RBI, 3 runs
6-6           *NM 22, Shelby 8             
Shelby had 8-1 lead; Forton, Buter 5 hits, including HR; Aamodt HR
7-6           NM 8, Reeths-Puffer 6      1st
win over R-P since 1963; NM scored 6 runs in 5th inning
8-6           *NM 8, Oakridge 7            NM scored 4 runs in bottom of 7th; Reid
Arends 2 singles, 2 RBI
8-7            *Oakridge 5, NM 1             NM held to 3 hits; Arends triple, RBI
8-8            Spring Lake 8, NM 6          NM batters strike out 10 times; Vanderweele 2 singles, 2 RBI
9-8           NM 14, WM Christian 4
    County Tournament; Mark Picard 3-hitter; Arends 2 singles, 3 RBI
10-8         NM 6, Holton 2
                 County Tournament; Forton 10 K’s; Forton 2 singles, 2 RBI
10-9         Musk. Catholic 15, NM 1    County finals; Forton single, double, run
11-9         *NM 11, Ravenna 1
          Forton 3-hitter; Forton single, triple, HR, 3 RBI; Aamodt double, HR
12-9         *NM 14, Ravenna 0          Picard 3-hitter;
Forton 2 singles, triple, 5 RBI, 3 runs
12-10       *Hart 3, NM 2                    8 innings; Forton 3-hitter, 13 K’s, no-hitter through 6 2/3
13-10       *NM 6, Hart 5                    NM scored 1 run in top of 7th;
Picard 2 singles, 3 RBI
13-11        Fruitport 11, NM 6              Forton 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Alex Jones HR, Balaskovitz 2-run triple
13-12        Fruitport 12, NM 2              Forton, Dunn 2 singles, RBI
14-12       NM 6, Mason CE 0           
Forton 2-run HR, 2 runs; Vanderweele, Balaskovitz single, double
15-12       NM 13, Mason CE 3          NM started 9 sophomores; Ryan
Sexton 3 singles, 4 RBI, 2 runs
16-12       NM 7, WM Christian 1      
Aamodt single, 2-run HR, 4 RBI; Buter single, double; Arends double
17-12       *NM 7, Mason CC 3          NM 11 strikeouts, only 3 hits; Forton 10 K’s;
Fairbanks 2 hits, 4 RBI
17-13        *Mason CC 12, NM 3        NM commits 8 errors; Fairbanks 2 hits, 3 RBI; Aamodt single, double
18-13       NM 21, Potter's House 0   Pre-District;
Forton 2 singles, triple, 2 RBI, 3 runs; Aamodt 2-run HR
19-13       NM 5, GR Cov. Chris. 4  District; Buter single, double, RBI; Forton HR
19-14       Musk. Catholic 10, NM 5    District finals; Forton, Fairbanks 2 singles; Aamodt double


2007 – Warren Kent III (24-4-1 overall; 11-2-1 in WMC; 2nd place in WMC; Whitehall Champs)
With 11 returners from a team that went 19-14, the 2007 Norse season began with high expectations. And these lofty expectations were valid, as the team, which finished the regular season ranked No. 2 in the state in Div. 4, accomplished all three of its goals – winning 20 games, capturing the County title and winning Districts. In fact, the Norse set 16 team records, including wins. The team also won a school-best 15 games in a row. A key to the season was the first inning. A year ago, the Norse were outscored 43-32 in the first inning and posted a 5-9 record when they were losing after the first inning. This year, NM outscored their opponents 62-20 in the first inning; in fact, the Norse outscored their opponents in every inning, including the second inning when only three teams scored runs for a total of seven and the sixth inning when only six runs were scored. All 15 players contributed throughout the season; the only negative in an otherwise positive season was production out of the No. 7 spot in the batting order. Every position in the batting order posted at least a .287 average, except No. 7, which posted a .173 average (14-for-81). Troy Forton, who was a repeat performer on the Div. 4 All-State team, wrapped up his career as the top hitter, average-wise (.515), and the top pitcher, ERA-wise (1.10), in Norse history. While his senior year was cut short due to a rib injury, Forton, who played shortstop, led the team in hitting with a .462 average (36-for-78). He led the team in hits (36), doubles (13) and triples (3). On the mound, Forton posted an 8-1 record while allowing opponents to bat just .134 (26-for-194). He also had a 1.16 ERA while striking out 89 in 54.3 innings. He also led the team with 12 hit batters. Catcher Ryan Buter’s junior season was one of the best power-hitting seasons in Norse history. Buter, who was selected as a Div. 4 All-State catcher, set a school record with 13 home runs and fell one RBI short of the school record with 50. He tied for the team lead in hits (36) and led the team with 37 runs, 24 walks and a .566 on-base percentage. He also posted a .450 average (36-for-80). Six players batted better than .300 led by junior Alex Wierda, who posted a .391 average (9-for-23). Junior Ryan Sexton batted .379 (25-for-66). Senior Jordan Carr, who was playing for the first time since his freshman year, was 12-for-34 (.353). Junior Noah VanBergen, who played both outfield and catcher, posted a .333 average (23-for-69). VanBergen paced the team with a school-record 23 stolen bases. Senior Jordan Fairbanks, who finished with a three-year career batting average of .305 (57-for-187), posted a .310 average (22-for-71). Senior Ron Balaskovitz led the team with 89 at bats and six sacrifices. He batted .303 (27-for-89). Junior Mark Picard posted a 9-2 record while tossing a team-high 70.6 innings. He had a 2.08 ERA while opponents batted just .212 against him. Junior Travis Falkowski went 4-1 while throwing 39.6 innings. He had a 1.41 ERA while opponents batted .213.  

Record  Score                         Interesting Fact
1-0
           NM 5, Spring Lake 1        Noah VanBergen single, 4 stolen bases; NM steals 13 bases
2-0
           NM 10, Orchard View 9    NM erases 8-1 deficit to win in bottom of 7th; VanBergen 2 hits, 3 RBI
2-1            *Whitehall 6, NM 3            Troy Forton 12 K’s; Ryan Buter double, RBI
2-1-1        *NM 7, Whitehall 7            Jordan Carr 2-run double; Buter 2 hits
3-1-1
        NM 13, GR Cov. Chris. 0  Forton no-hitter (5 innings); Forton 2 singles, 5 RBI; Buter 2-run HR
4-1-1
       NM 12, GR Cov. Chris. 0  Three pitchers toss 1-hitter; Chris Scheldt 3-for-3, 2 runs
5-1-1
        *NM 4, Shelby 0              Forton 2-hitter; Ryan Sexton 4 singles, 2 RBI
6-1-1
        *NM 4, Shelby 1              Sexton single, double; Buter 2-run HR
7-1-1
        *NM 13, Montague 3        Forton 11 K’s; Buter single, double, 3-run HR, 5 RBI, 3 runs
8-1-1
        *NM 14, Montague 6        Forton 3 singles, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Buter single, triple, 2 RBI, 3 runs
9-1-1
        NM 13, Ravenna 7            County Tournament; Buter 3-run HR; Alex Wierda 3 singles, 2 RBI
10-1-1
      NM 16, Musk. Catholic 6  County Championship; Forton 14 K’s; Buter 2 HR, 5 RBI
11-1-1
      *NM 8, Ravenna 0            Forton 1-hitter; Buter 2 doubles, 2 RBI; Forton double, 2 RBI
12-1-1
      *NM 10, Ravenna 1          Mark Picard 2-hitter; Sexton HR; Buter single, double, 3 RBI
13-1-1
      NM 4, Musk. Catholic 3    NM only 4 hits; Jordan Fairbanks single, RBI, run
14-1-1
      NM 16, Musk. Heights 0    Forton double, triple, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Carr double, 3 RBI
15-1-1
     NM 15, Musk. Heights 1    Sexton, Reid Arends combined no-hitter (3 inn.); Carr, VanBergen GS
16-1-1
      *NM 12, Hart 1                  Forton 12 K’s; Buter 3 HR, 7 RBI, 3 runs
17-1-1
      *NM 13, Hart 3                  Buter, Forton, Alex Jones single, double; Picard double, 3 RBI
17-2-1       Reeths-Puffer 6, NM 0       Ron Balaskovitz 2 hits; ends school’s longest win streak (15)
18-2-1
      *NM 25, Oakridge 1          Sexton single, double, 4 RBI, run; NM scores 21 runs in 4th inning
19-2-1
      *NM 6, Oakridge 1            Picard 3-hitter; Sexton single, 3-run HR; Forton triple
20-2-1
      NM 9, WM Christian 5      Buter 2 HR, 3 RBI, 3 runs; Forton single, 2 doubles, 2 RBI
21-2-1
      *NM 10, Mason CC 2        VanBergen 2 singles, double, 4 RBI, run; Sexton 2 doubles
21-3-1       *Mason CC 7, NM 6          Buter 2 HR, 4 RBI, 3 runs; Sexton single, HR
22-3-1
      NM 8, Muskegon 5          Wierda 4 singles, 3 runs; Jordan Fairbanks single, HR
23-3-1
      NM 6, GR Cov. Chris. 0    District; Sexton single, double, 3 RBI; Ron Balaskovitz 3-for-4
24-3-1
      NM 7, WM Christian 5      District Championship; Picard 3-hitter; Fairbanks 2 singles, RBI, run
24-4-1       Lawrence 3, NM 1              Regional; NM only 2 hits (Buter, Ryan Hillman single); 12 strikeouts


2008 – Warren Kent III (34-4 overall; 12-2 in WMC; WMC Champs)
Wow! What a journey. The 2008 team will go down as arguably the best in school history. The Norsemen, which boasted a team of 10 seniors and six juniors, brought home five trophies during the 2008 campaign. First, the Norse captured the Reeths-Puffer Invitational title, convincingly defeating the host Rockets, 11-5, in the championship game. Secondly, NM had to wait almost a month to finish a suspended game with Oakridge in order to win the school’s first WMC title since 1972. With the Bulldogs leading 7-4, the Norse scored the game’s final 11 runs to capture the championship. Thirdly, the Norse had to again wait almost a month to win the County title, defeating Ravenna, 12-0, in the title game. Fourthly, NM brought home the district crown with a 7-2 win over Muskegon Catholic Central in the championship game. Finally, NM won the school’s first-ever regional crown with a 11-0 win over Coleman in the title game. After that, the team won its quarterfinal game (11-1 over Lake Michigan Catholic) before ending its season in Battle Creek in the state’s semifinals. The stats that this team compiled are astounding. This offensive juggernaut, which set 12 season team records, scored 10 runs or more in 27 of the season’s 38 games, setting a school record by scoring 10.71 runs per game. Half of the team’s 34 wins did NOT make it to the mandatory seven innings (two 3-inning games, two 4-inning games, eight 5-inning games, five 6-inning games). The key to this season, as it was in 2007, was the first inning, where the Norse outscored its opponents, 99-25. As a matter of fact, the Norse outscored its opponents in every inning by almost a 3-to-1 margin except for the fifth inning. For some reason, that inning saw NM score 21 runs, and opponents score 21 runs. Altogether, however, the Norse played 230 innings and only trailed in 33 of those innings. All season the Norse had solid hitting from all nine spots in the batting order. The best spot in the order was No. 3 (.547; 65-for-119) while No. 7 was the lowest (.291; 32-for-110). Senior Ryan Buter, a two-time All-State catcher, will go down in history as the school’s most prolific offensive player. This season, he led the Norse with a .565 average (61-for-108). Buter also posted team-highs with 65 runs, 22 doubles, 28 walks and a .647 on-base percentage. Buter owns or shares seven season records (runs – 65; hits – 61; doubles – 22; home runs – 13; walks – 28; batting average – .565; hitting streak – 34 games) and six career records (runs – 134; hits – 132; doubles – 36; home runs – 22; RBI – 126; walks – 74). Senior lefty Mark Picard excelled both on the mound and at the plate. On the mound, Picard, who was named to the All-State team, set three season records with 16 wins, 97.6 innings and four shutouts. He is also the school career record-holder with 33 wins and five shutouts. Opponents batted just .169 against him, and he posted a 1.36 ERA. At the plate, Picard finally reached his potential. After struggling offensively during his sophomore and junior years, Picard batted .376 (35-for-93) and tied for the team lead with three triples. Senior Ryan Sexton, who was named All-State as a first baseman, flexed his muscles in leading the Norse with 10 home runs and a school record 62 RBI while batting .375 (36-for-96). He also scored 41 runs and led the team with seven sacrifices. Sexton also faired well on the mound, where he set the school record with a 0.53 ERA, allowing just two earned runs in 26.6 innings. He posted a 3-0 record with two saves. The outfield triumvirate of Matt Dunn, Noah VanBergen and Alex Jones combined for a .395 average (102-for-258), 110 runs and 81 stolen bases. Dunn, the left fielder, had the highest average with .476 (40-for-84) while scoring 35 runs, knocking in 28, walking 25 times and stealing 24 bases. Dunn also picked up a win on the mound with a three-inning no-hitter against Muskegon Heights. VanBergen, who played right field and batted lead-off, posted a .389 average (37-for-95) with 43 runs, 27 RBI, 22 walks and 26 stolen bases. VanBergen holds the career stolen base record with 61. VanBergen set a school record with 14 hit by pitches and also tied for the team lead with three triples. He also holds the career record for most times hit by a pitch with 29. Jones, the center fielder, batted .316 (25-for-79), scored 32 runs and stole a school-record 31 bases. Senior Travis Falkowski, who played a solid defense at shortstop, excelled as the team’s No. 2 pitcher. Falkowski posted an 8-1 record with two saves while holding opponents to a .202 batting average. His ERA was a stellar 1.94, and his strikeout-to-walk ratio was nearly 3-to-1 as he struck out 60 and walked 21. Falkowski also tossed a five-inning no-hitter against Hart. Senior Alex Wierda made the most of his playing time, usually manning the second base spot when Travis pitched. Alex batted .339 (19-for-56). Senior Arion Carley, who was playing his first varsity season, batted .375 (9-for-24) in limited playing time. His main role was as courtesy runner, where he stole 23 bases. The final senior was Korean exchange student Kyung-Min Lee, who batted .250 (3-for-12). Leading the underclassmen were three junior infielders. Ryan Hillman, who played both second and shortstop, filled the clean-up spot in the batting order. He posted a .370 average (34-for-92) while scoring 43 runs and knocking in 30. Hillman, a contact hitter, struck out just seven times in 121 plate appearances. Splitting playing time at third base were Robin Wiggins and Patrick Rapson. Wiggins finished with a .385 average (30-for-78) while Rapson was 14-for-43 (.326). Hilllman and Wiggins also saw time on the mound. Hillman had a 2-0 record, including a three-inning no-hitter against Hesperia. Wiggins went 3-1.The final three players saw limited playing time due to seniors at their positions. Andy Buris, Nick Strockis and Jake Frein rounded out the team. Frein went 1-0 on the mound.

Record  Score                  Interesting Fact
1-0
           NM 8, Muskegon 6           Mark Picard picks up win; Picard 3-for-3; Ryan Buter 2 singles, HR, 3 RBI
2-0           NM 12, Fruitport 5            NM scores 10 in final 3 innings; Ryan Sexton & Patrick Rapson 2 hits
2-1           *Whitehall 5, NM 3             NM pitchers walk 10; Vikings score 3 unearned runs in 6th inning for win
2-2           *Whitehall 13, NM 4           NM pitchers walk 9; batters strike out 8 times
3-2           *NM 8, Shelby 2               Picard 1-hitter; NM scores 7 in 6th inning to erase 2-1 deficit
4-2           *NM 11, Shelby 1              NM scores 6 runs in 1st inning; Buter & Matt Dunn 2 hits
5-2           *NM 6, Oakridge 4            NM wins despite being no-hit; benefited from 9 walks
6-2           NM 13, GR Covenant 5     NM uses 12 hits, 12 walks & 11 stolen bases; Buter 4 singles
7-2           *NM 13, Ravenna 2          Picard 3 hits, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Alex Jones 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs
8-2           *NM 10, Ravenna 4          NM uses 8-run 4th to erase 4-1 deficit; Sexton 3-run HR
9-2           NM 14, Hesperia 4            NM scores 8 runs in 1st inning; Robin Wiggins 3 singles, double, 3 RBI
10-2         NM 16, Hesperia 1            Ryan Hillman 3-inning no-hitter; Buter 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs
11-2         NM 14, Montague 2          County; Sexton K's 8; Sexton 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs; NM 16 SB
12-2         NM 11, Holton 0              County; Picard 2-hitter; Buter 2 doubles, triple, 3 RBI; Sexton HR, 6 RBI
13-2         *NM 15, Hart 0                  Picard 1-hitter, 12 K's; Picard double, HR, 3 RBI, 3 runs
14-2         *NM 15, Hart 1                 Travis Falkowksi 5-inn. no-hitter, 9 K's; Buter HR, 2 RBI; Dunn triple, 3 RBI
15-2         NM 15, Musk. Heights 0    Dunn 3-inning no-hitter; Alex Wierda 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs
16-2         NM 15, Musk. Heights   NM hits 5 HR's (Sexton 2, Noah VanBergen, Picard, Hillman)
17-2         NM 11, Holton               Picard 2-hitter; NM scores 8 runs in 1st inning; VanBergen triple, HR
18-2         NM 11, Holton 5               Falkowski 3-hitter, 9 K's; VanBergen single, double, 4 RBI
19-2         *NM 9, Mason CC 4           Picard 9 K's; Jones 2 hits; Picard double, 3 RBI; Buter 2 doubles, 2 runs
20-2         *NM 11, Mason CC 1         Falkowski 2-hitter; Buter 3 hits, 2 RBI, 2 runs; Sexton 3-run HR
21-2         NM 11, Orchard View 4    Buter 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Sexton double, 2 RBI
22-2          NM 10, Oakridge 3           R-P Invitational; Buter single, HR, 2 RBI; Hillman single, double, 3 RBI
23-2         NM 11, Reeths-Puffer 5     R-P Invitational Championship; Sexton 3 singles, HR, 4 RBI
23-3         White Cloud 6, NM 4         Loss ends 21-game win streak; Buter HR, 2 RBI
24-3         NM 6, White Cloud 4        NM only 3 hits; Robin Wiggins 2 hits, 2 RBI; Buter double
25-3         *NM 12, Montague 0        Picard 2-hitter; Falkowski double, HR, 5 RBI
26-3         *NM 12, Montague 1        Falkowski 2-hitter; Hillman single, double, 3 RBI, 2 runs
27-3         *NM 15, Oakridge 7          Clinched WMC title; postponed since April 25; finished May 23
28-3         NM 16, Oakridge 6          Non-conference; Arion Carley 3 singles, double
29-3         NM 12, Ravenna 0           County Championship; postponed since May 3; finished May 28
30-3         NM 10, WM Christian 1    District; Picard/Falkowski 3-hitter, 9 K's; Buter, Hillman, Sexton double
31-3         NM 7, Musk. Catholic 2    District Championship; Picard/Falkowski 3-hitter; VanBergen double, triple
32-3         NM 9, Saugatuck 4          Regional; Picard 13 K's; Buter & Sexton single, HR, 2 RBI
33-3         NM 11, Coleman 0           Regional Championship; Hillman single, 3-run HR, 4 RBI
34-3         NM 11, LMC 1                  Quarterfinals; Picard 6-inning shutout, 15th straight win; Picard HR
34-4         BC All-Saints 8, NM 5        Semifinals; VanBergen 3 singles; Dunn 2 hits; Picard double, 2 RBI


2009 -- Warren Kent III (17-15 overall; 6-8 in WMC)
Two words can sum up the 2009 season: pitching and defense. While the offensive statistics would suggest a better than 17-15 record, it was pitching and defense that tell the true story. Offensively, the Norse scored 65 more runs and had 80 more hits (including 29 doubles) than their opponents. They also out-hit opponents .327 to .270. However, NM pitchers allowed 161 walks and 32 hit batters for a total of 193 extra base runners (opponents had 197 hits). Of those 193 runners, 73 scored. Defensively, NM committed 84 errors (.908 average), which led to 83 unearned runs. However, with that said, the Norse did capture their fourth district title in the past five seasons and their sixth since 2001, which means every two-year player since 2001 has won a district title. For most of the season, the top five spots and the No. 9 position carried the offense, batting .363 (209-for-576). The Nos. 6-7-8 spots in the batting order struggled for a combined .259 average (70-for-270). NM outscored opponents in every inning. The best inning was the fourth with 46-26 edge. However, it was proven that the first inning was the key. The Norse had the lead at the end of the first inning 18 times and posted a 15-3 record in those games. When NM was losing or tied at the end of one inning, its record was 2-12. The Norse won five games in the sixth inning or later but also lost five games in the sixth inning or later. The senior triumvirate of shortstop Ryan Hillman, catcher Robin Wiggins and second baseman Patrick Rapson, who were the only returners from the 2008 team with significant varsity playing experience, made the offense go. Ryan, batting in the No. 3 spot, was the go-to guy offensively for most of the season. Ryan led the team with a .510 average (49-for-96). His 49 hits were a team-high as were his 33 RBI. He tied for the team lead with 34 runs. Known for his plate discipline, Ryan struck out just four times in 116 plate appearances. On the mound, Ryan had the best strikeout-to-walk ratio (17:7) in 22.33 innings. He tossed a three-inning no-hitter against Muskegon Heights for his lone win. Robin, the No. 1 catcher and pitcher, was the hottest hitter down the stretch. Robin, the No. 4 hitter, finished with a team-high 13 doubles and 98 at bats. He was second on the team with a .367 average (36-for-98) and second with 29 RBI. On the mound, Robin posted a team-high six wins. He also led the team with 78 strikeouts and 66 walks. Opponents batted just .227 against him. From the No. 2 spot in the order, Patrick batted .360 (31-for-86) and led the team with 10 hit by pitches. He also tied for the team lead with 34 runs. Senior outfielders Jake Frein and Geoff Evans also supplied some offensive firepower. Jake, who batted mainly in the No. 9 spot, was 24-for-73 (.329). He also saw 13.33 innings on the mound while picking up two wins. Geoff, a first-time varsity player, saw time in right field and as designated hitter. Geoff batted .333 (20-for-60) and led the team with three triples. The junior trio of Simon VanBergen, Erik Boczkaja and Brian Kelly picked up significant playing time. Simon, the team’s fastest player and center fielder, batted lead-off most of the year and led the team with 15 stolen bases. Unfortunately, he also led the team with 19 strikeouts. He did bat .303 (27-for-89). He also picked up two wins on the mound in just 11.33 innings. Erik, the regular first baseman, led the team with 17 walks while batting .260 (19-for-73). He also saw 7.33 innings on the mound and picked up a save. Brian, the every day third baseman, struggled with a .231 average (15-for-65). The other regular every-day player was sophomore Drake Cooke, who played catcher, outfield and pitcher. Drake, who posted a .313 average (25-for-80), led the team with two home runs and six sacrifices. On the mound, Drake was 1-0 with one save in 6.66 innings. Sophomore Jory Meagher, the No. 2 pitcher, posted a 5-3 record in 62 innings. He led the team with a 2.94 ERA. Opponents batted .283 against him. Senior Andy Buris and junior Sam Gautraud  were the final two players to remain with the varsity all year. Andy scored the winning run in the district championship game. Sam was the back-up second baseman and the top courtesy runner. The two managers, junior Tyler Rennells and Korean exchange student Chang-Seok Ryu (Foxy), each saw some playing time. Rennells had one hit and pitched one inning. Foxy batted .500 (2-for-4). The rest of the roster was made up of underclassmen, who saw time with both the JV and varsity teams. Sophomores John Hardy and Jake Veltman began and ended the season with the varsity as did freshman Curtis Taylor. Two other sophomores, Zac McCamant (1 games) and Trae Pitts (2 games), each played during the season.

Record   Score                         Interesting Fact
0-1
            Reeths-Puffer 10, NM 0     Only 3 hits, including 2 singles by Patrick Rapson
1-1           NM 20, WM Christian       Robin Wiggins, Jory Meagher 5-inning no-hitter; Ryan Hillman 4-for-4
2-1           NM 7, Fruitport 6              NM scores 2 runs in bottom of 7th without hit; Rapson solo HR
2-2           Spring Lake 17, NM 1        Worst loss since 2004; one hit (single by Hillman)
2-3           *Whitehall 1, NM 0             Vikings score on bases-loaded walk in 6th; NM only 3 hits; Wiggins 11 K's
2-4           *Whitehall 12, NM 6           Wiggins 2 singles, double; bottom five in order go 0-for-15
2-5           *Oakridge 13, NM 6           NM strikes out 10 times; Hillman 3-for-3 w/ double, 2 RBI
3-5           *NM 9, Oakridge 6            NM scores 8 runs in 6th to erase 6-1 deficit vs. state quarterfinalists
4-5           NM 6, GR Covenant 5      Geoff Evans' RBI double in bottom of 8th wins game; Hillman double, HR 
4-6           *Ravenna 10, NM 0           NM only 4 hits, including Simon VanBergen double
5-6           *NM 10, Ravenna 7          Brian Kelly double, HR, 4 RBI; Erik Boczkaja single, HR
5-7            Musk. Catholic 8, NM 7     County; NM loses 7-2 lead; Rapson, Hillman, Wiggins, Drake Cooke 2 hits
6-7           NM 16, Musk. Heights 1    County; Evans 2 singles, double; Cooke 2 singles
7-7           *NM 14, Hart 2                  Meagher 2-hitter; Wiggins double, HR; Cooke HR; Hillman, VanBergen 3 hits
7-8           *Hart 8, NM 6                   Only allow 4 hits and K 12, but walk 10; Evans, Frein HR
7-9           White Cloud 10, NM 8       9 innings; 1NM 9 hits; Hillman 3 singles, double; Wiggins 2 doubles, single
8-9            NM 9, White Cloud 1        VanBergen 3-hitter; Rapson, Boczkaja 2 singles        
9-9           NM 7, Holton 3                 Wiggins, Rapson, VanBergen single, double; Hillman 2 singles
10-9         NM 21, Holton 0                17-run 4th inning; Hillman 4-for-4, 5 RBI, VanBergen 2 singles, 3 RBI
11-9         NM 15, Musk. Heights 0    Hillman 3-inning no-hitter; Frein double; Evans, VanBergen triple
12-9         NM 18, Musk. Heights 1    Evans single, double, 5 RBI; John Hardy single, 2 doubles, 3RBI
13-9         *NM 8, Mason CC 7          Wiggins' 2-run double in bottom of 7th; Wiggins single, 2 doubles, 3 RBI 
14-9         *NM 8, Mason CC 3          Hillman 2 singles, 2 runs; Boczkaja double
14-10        *Shelby 4, NM 2                Shelby 4 unearned runs in 6th; Hillman 3-for-3; Rapson, Wiggins 2 singles
14-11       *Shelby 9, NM 8                Shelby breaks tie with 1 run in top of 7th; 6 players with 2 singles
14-12       Fremont 10, NM 2             Leading 2-0, NM allows 9-run 6th; only 1 hit (single by VanBergen)
14-13        *Montague 11, NM 9         Wildcats score 7 in 1st; Rapson 2 doubles, 2 RBI; Hillman 3 hits, 3 RBI
15-13        *NM 15, Montague 5        Boczkaja, Frein single, double; VanBergen 2 singles
16-13        NM 7, Musk. Catholic 2    District; Wiggins 2-hitter; Frein single, 2 doubles, 3 RBI; Cooke double HR
17-13        NM 4, WM Christian 3      District Championship; 8 innings; Andy Buris scores winning run on error
17-14       Spring Lake 6, NM 3         Six players with one single
17-15       Beal City 11, NM 5            Regional; Aggies use 7-run 6th to break open 2-1 game; Wiggins 2 doubles



2010 – Warren Kent III (20-15 overall; 9-5 in WMC; 4th in WMC; Shelby Champs)
The best phrase to sum up the 2010 season would be “Consistently Inconsistent.” For some reason, the Norse could not hit on all cylinders. Case in point #1: The No. 3-4-5 hitters only had hits in the same game seven time during the season. Case in point #2: The Norse failed to score a run in the first inning 17 times. However, when they did have the lead in the first inning, NM was 9-3. Case in point #3: The Norse outscored its opponents in the third (48-28) and fifth innings (37-19) only to see opponents outscore them 48-34 in the fourth and 42-26 in the fifth. Case in point #4: The longest hit streak of any player was eight games, and only two players had hits in more than 60 percent (21 games) of the games played. Case in point #5: Look at these differences between the first 17 games and the final 18 games of certain batting averages – the No. 3 hitter dropped 57 points, the No. 4 hitter went up 62 points; the No. 5 hitter dropped 123 points, the No. 6 hitter went up 119 points; and the No. 2 hitter dropped 130 points, the No. 7 hitter went up 276 points. Beyond these negative stats, the Norse did win 20 games for the fifth time in school history and the fourth time on the past six seasons. Also, the lineup saw every position finish above a .276 average except the No. 9 spot. The four seniors (Erik Boczkaja, Simon VanBergen, Sam Gautraud and Brian Kelly) each finished with batting averages above .300. Erik, who batted in the No. 3 spot and manned the first-base position, was the go-to power guy (10 home runs) while leading the team with a .365 batting average (38-for-104). Erik, who played all 35 games, led the team with 38 hits and 35 RBI. Unfortunately, he also led the team with 23 strikeouts. Erik was also formidable on the mound, tossing 23 innings of relief and posting a 5-2 record. Simon, who batted in both the No. 1 and No. 6 spots in the order, provided the speed by leading the team with 18 stolen bases. Simon also paced the team with 31 runs and 108 at bats while holding a .324 average (35-for-108). Simon, who made the transition from center field as a junior to shortstop, led the team with 21 errors. Sam made the most of his starting assignment at second base, posting a .342 average (26-for-76) from the No. 7 spot in the order. Brian, who moved from third base to left field, had an up-and-down season. He finished with a .317 average (32-for-101) and led the team with four triples. Juniors Drake Cooke and Graham Preston, who both played all 35 games, were the only other regulars to bat above .300. Drake, the every day catcher and No. 4 batter, hit .359 (37-for-107) and led the team with 11 doubles and a .455 on-base percentage. Graham, who played a solid right field, started the season at the No. 6 spot and finished at the No. 1 spot. He posted a .305 average (29-for-95), and his good eye at the plate helped him lead the team with 23 walks. Two other regulars finished with an average greater than .288. D.J. Berge, who was the regular designated hitter went 20-for-68 for a .294 average. He only struck out five times. D.J. also saw 16 innings on the mound. Trae Pitts, the lone All-Conference player and the regular center fielder, posted a .288 average (15-for-52). The final full-time player, Zac McCamant, had a tale of two seasons. Through the first 17 games, Zac, the regular third baseman and No. 2 hitter, had a .292 average (14-for-48). However, in the season’s final 18 games, Zac struggled to a .162 average (6-for-37). However, Zac did step up as a pitcher in the final 15 games of the season. He posted a 3-1 average, leading the team with a 2.01 ERA over 24.33 innings. Opponents only batted .237 against him. The top two pitchers –  Jory Meagher and John Hardy – combined for 11 of the team’s 20 wins. Jory led the team in most categories, including innings pitched (65.33) and strikeouts (48). While posting a 5-3 record. At the plate, Jory finished with a .316 average (6-for-19). John tossed 64.66 innings and had a 6-5 record while posting a 2.38 ERA. Offensively, John had just 13 at bats. The final four juniors had varying degrees of success. James Kraemer, who was making his high school baseball debut, was 6-for-18 for a .333 average. Jake Veltman posted a .222 average (6-for-27 and also saw 20.66 innings on the mound while picking up one win. Cody Liverance tied a school record with seven sacrifices in a season while batting .188 (6-for-32). Carter Gust (.188; 3-for-16) did not finish the season. Five sophomores played sparingly. Austin West made the biggest impact with a .400 average (2-for-5) with a double, a home run and four RBI. On the mound, he tossed 5.66 innings of shutout ball. Hector Garcia had a .333 average (3-for-9), Curtis Taylor (8 at bats) and Noah Rhyndress (4 at bats) each had a .250 average while Ben Ocharzak only had one at bat. Ben also saw 2.33 innings on the mound.

Record Score                              Interesting Fact
0-1
            Musk. Catholic 10, NM 0    Graham Preston 2 singles
1-1           NM 6, Spring Lake 5        Scored winning run in bottom of 7th; Erik Boczkaja, Zac McCamant 2 hits
2-1           NM 11, WMC 8                Down 8-2 in 3rd inning; 16th straight win over Warriors; Boczkaja HR, 3 RBI
2-2           Fruitport 10, NM 8             1,300th game in school history; Trojans scored 2 runs in top of 7th
3-2           *NM 13, Shelby 8            Beat Div. III quarterfinalists; down 6-0 in 1st; Boczkaja GS
3-3           *Shelby 13, NM 3               Pitchers walked 10, allowed 10 hits; Trae Pitts 2 singles
3-4           Mona Shores 13, NM 3       Sailors scored 11 runs in 4th inning; Cooke HR
3-5           *Oakridge 9, NM 1             1-hit by All-State pitcher Jamie Potts; Brian Kelly single
3-6           *Oakridge 6, NM 0             Kelly 2 singles
4-6           NM 9, Muskegon 8            8 inn.; Sam Gautraud walk-off bases-loaded walk; Boczkaja 2-run HR
5-6           NM 8, Muskegon 1            1st lead after 1st inning of season; Jory Meagher, Cooke, Gautraud double
5-7            GR Covenant 7, NM 6        GRCC scores 2 runs in bottom of 7th; Kelly double, 2 singles, 2 RBI
5-8            GR Covenant 10, NM 3       5 errors; Preston 2 singles; D.J. Berge double
6-8           *NM 8, Ravenna 7            Scored winning run in top of 6th; Kelly 3 singles, 2 RBI, 2 runs
7-8           *NM 10, Ravenna 9          Scored 3 runs in bottom of 7th on Boczkaja's bases-clearing double
8-8            NM 6, Holton 4                  County; Meagher complete-game win; Cook, Preston 2 singles
8-9            Oakridge 10, NM 3             County; Eagles scored 10 runs in 6th to erase 3-1 deficit; Boczkaja HR       
9-9           *NM 9, Hart 5                    Meagher career-high 13 K's; Cooke double, single, 5 RBI
10-9         *NM 11, Hart 0                  John Hardy career-high 10 K's; Simon VanBergen double, 2 singles, 2 RBI
11-9         NM 12, Black River 2        Jake Veltman 2-hitter; Gautraud 2 singles
12-9         NM 11, Black River 1        1st 2 games between schools; team 3 triples (VanBergen, Kelly, Cooke)
12-10        *Mason CC 5, NM 0           2-hit by league leaders; VanBergen, Pitts single
13-10       *NM 3, Mason CC 1           Hardy complete-game win; Boczkaja double
13-11       Reeths-Puffer 11, NM 4      Boczkaja, Preston single, double
13-12        Reeths-Puffer 2, NM 1       12 flyouts in loss; Boczkaja solo HR, single
14-12        *NM 8, Montague 0          Team 4 triples (Preston 2, VanBergen, Pitts)
15-12       *NM 18, Montague 11      19 hits; VanBergen 4-for-4, double, school-record 5 runs, 5 stolen bases
15-13       Holton 5, NM 3                   Snapped Norse 10-game win streak vs. Devils; Boczkaja HR, double, 2 runs
16-13        NM 7, Holton 2                Boczkaja 2-run HR, single
17-13        NM 9, White Cloud 1        Zac McCamant, Boczkaja combined 1-hitter; Cooke HR, double, 2 singles
18-13       NM 4, White Cloud 3        Scored go-ahead run on wild pitch in top of 7th; Vanbergen double, single
18-14        *Whitehall 5, NM 4             Vikings scored 2 runs in bottom of 6th; stranded 12 runners
19-14        *NM 12, Whitehall 4         VanBergen GS, single, 5 RBI
20-14       NM 10, Tri-Unity 6            Pre-District; down 6-0 in 2nd inning; 3-4-5 hitters 7-for-12, 4 doubles, 2 triples
20-15       Musk. Catholic 11, NM 2    District; led 2-0 in 1st inning; Kelly 3 singles



2011 – Warren Kent III (24-15 overall; 9-5 in WMC; 3rd tie in WMC; Oakridge Champs)
At the end of the 2010 season, which saw the Norsemen finish 20-15 but no County title or District title, NM had some “Unfinished Business” as it headed into the 2011 season. With a District title in 2011, which included the ousting of rival Muskegon Catholic Central, call it “Transaction Complete.” For the fifth time in the past seven years and the sixth overall, the Norse won 20 games and won their 10th district title before losing in the regional finals to the two-time defending champion Aggies of Beal City, which lost in the state semifinals. Along the way, the Norse set three school records: at bats (1,006), games played (39) and walks allowed per game (2.20). As usual, a quick start proved important as the Norse had first-inning leads in 23 games and had a 17-6 record in those games. NM outscored its opponents 83-28 in the first inning. Every spot on the batting order finished with an average of .267 except the No. 8 spot, which posted a .216 average. With nine seniors on the roster, it was not surprising that seniors would dominate the overall statistics. Zac McCamant, who was the team’s Most Improved Player, won the batting title with a .362 average (34-for-94) while manning the third-base position. Zac also led the team with 39 runs and a .512 on-base percentage. Drake Cooke, a three-year varsity player, was the team’s No. 2 hitter with a .354 average (35-for-99). His 35 hits led the team, as did his nine doubles. Drake, the every-day catcher, won the team’s Gold Glove Award for the second straight year. Graham Preston, who played both center and right field, also posted a better-than .300 average with a .323 (32-for-99). Graham, who took home the Coach’s Award, paced the team with four triples, 30 RBI and a school-record 30 walks. Unfortunately, he also led the team with 18 strikeouts. Jake Veltman, normally the regular right fielder, just missed the .300 mark with a .292 average. Left fielder DJ Berge led the team with 103 at bats while posting a .272 average. Trae Pitts and Cody Liverance played important roles. Trae was counted on for his base-running expertise as he stole a team-high 19 bases, and Cody was the defensive specialist at first base. The final two seniors were counted on mainly as pitchers. John Hardy, who led the team with nine hit by pitches and posted a .429 average (21-for-49) – he did not have enough plate appearances to qualify for the batting title – posted a 9-3 record while leading the team with 55 strikeouts against just 14 walks. John, who was the team’s MVP, also tossed a team-high 71.66 innings while posting a 2.54 ERA. Jory Meagher, a three-year starter, finished his career with a 6-4 record while leading the team with a 2.37 ERA. Opponents batted .261 against him. Two juniors saw significant playing time. Ben Ocharzak, the every day second baseman, posted a .342 average (25-for-73) while leading the team with a school record-tying seven sacrifices. Curtis Taylor, who played both first and third base and also was a designated hitter, just missed batting .300. He finished at .299 (29-for-97). Five other juniors – Jon Ackley, Hector Garcia, Austin West, Noah Rhyndress and Mike Berge – all played sparingly. West was the biggest contributor, mainly on the mound, where he posted a 3-4 record while striking out 37 and only walking eight in 37.66 innings. Sophomore Adrian Anderson, who made his varsity debut at the County tournament, led the team with five home runs while batting .353 (24-for-68).

Record  Score                            Interesting Fact
0-1           Fruitport 3, NM 1               Only 3 singles (Austin West, DJ Berge, Trae Pitts)
0-2           Reeths-Puffer 6, NM 2 Only 3 hits; Curtis Taylor double
0-3           Reeths-Puffer 7, NM 2        Only 2 singles (Jory Meagher, Drake Cooke)
1-3          *NM 7, Shelby 5               Only 3 hits; Cooke double; Meagher strikes out final batter with bases loaded
2-3          NM 13, WM Christian 3     13 hits; Berge single, double, 3 runs, 3 RBI
3-3          NM 15, Musk. Heights 0    Berge 3-inn. no-hitter; Graham Preston 3-run home run, 4 RBI, 2 runs
4-3          NM 18, Musk. Heights 0    Noah Rhyndress 3-inn. no-hitter; Ben Ocharzak double, 2 runs
5-3          *NM 9, Shelby 6               Berge 3-run home run; Preston single, triple, 2 runs
5-4           Shelby 10, NM 3               Non-conference; Meagher single, double; defense 6 errors
5-5           *Oakridge 9, NM 0             Only 3 singles (Preston, Cooke, Cody Liverance); defense 6 errors
5-6           *Oakridge 3, NM 2             Swept by state semi-finalists; Oakridge scores 3 runs in 7th; only 3 singles
6-6          *NM 17, Hart 1                 1st 14 batters in 4th inning scored; Berge 2 doubles, 3 RBI
7-6          *NM 11, Hart 1                 Win #150 for coach Kent; Taylor single, home run, 3 RBI, 3 runs
8-6          NM 6, Mason CC 4            Non-conference; Meagher & Liverance single, double
9-6          NM 8, Mason CC 3            Non-conference; Hector Garcia solo homer breaks 3-3 tie
10-6        NM 6, Ravenna 5 County; Ravenna bases loaded no outs in bottom of 7th; do not score
10-7        Musk. Catholic 8, NM 1 County; Ocharzak single, double
11-7        NM 7, Black River 1          Win #650 in school history; John Hardy 3-run, inside-the-park HR
11-8         *Mason CC 4, NM 1           Taylor single, double, RBI
12-8        *NM 13, Mason CC 9  3 home runs in 3rd inning (Adrian Anderson, Jake Veltman, Ocharzak)
13-8        *NM 10, Ravenna 0    Anderson 2 singles, home run, 3 RBI, 3 runs
13-9         *Ravenna 9, NM 2   Defense 7 errors; Hardy 2 doubles
13-10       White Cloud 12, NM 9        Defense 5 errors; Indians score 9 in 3rd; Preston grand slam, triple, 2 runs
13-11       White Cloud 8, NM 3  Defense 5 errors; Anderson 2-run HR
14-11       *NM 7, Montague 3           Anderson 2-run triple; Cooke 2 singles; Meagher complete-game win
15-11       *NM 3, Montague 0           Hardy complete-game win; Zac McCamant 2-run single
16-11       NM 8, Mona Shores 2       Cooke grand slam in 1st inning; 1st win over Shores in 9 chances
16-12        Holland Christian 4, NM 3   HC Tournament; HC scored winning run with 2 outs in bottom of 7th
17-12       NM 12, Whitehall 5           HC Tournament; Rhyndress 5 innings of shutout relief
17-13        Zeeland East 11, NM 5       HC Tournament; Prom, so JV players played; winning 5-2 in 5th
17-14        *Whitehall 5, NM 2             Hardy & Cooke 2 singles
18-14       *NM 12, Whitehall 1         7 runs in 1st inning; Hardy 2-hitter; Hardy 3 singles, 2 runs
19-14       NM 10, Fremont 3             6 runs in 1st  inning; Anderson double, 2 runs, 2 RBI
20-14       NM 6, Fremont 5              Austin West 6 innings of shutout relief; Ocharzak home run
21-14       NM 14, Musk. Catholic 5  District; trailed 4-1 in 1st; Hardy CG win; Hardy 2 singles, double, 2 runs
22-14       NM 17, WM Christian 0     District Championship; 10th district title; Hardy 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 RBI
23-14       NM 6, Grand Haven 2       1st meeting since 1964; Anderson, Taylor, Berge each double
24-14       NM 12, Mason CE 1          Regional; Cooke 2-run HR, 2-run single, 3 runs; Ocharzak 2-run double
24-15       Beal City 5, NM 3              Regional Championship; 7 errors; 10 LOB; McCamant single, double  


2012 -- Warren Kent III (26-13 overall, 8-6 in WMC; 4th place in WMC; Oakridge champs)
In a season that saw the Norse win 26 games, the second-most in school history, it was the games that got away that hurt the most. Of the team’s 13 losses, seven were by one run. Those one-run losses included five in the opposing team’s last at bat and four in the bottom of the seventh. For some reason, the Norse could not win the close games at the end. In those 13 losses, opponents outscored the Norse by 31 runs (85-54) for an average of 2.4 runs per game. On the positive side, the Norse outscored its opponents 257-56 in their 26 wins. This truly was a team: each of the 12 regular players played in at least 30 games, had at least 55 at bats and had at least 15 hits, and no player posted a batting average of less than .273. Overall, the team, batted .331 (341-for-1,029), the second-best in the coach Kent era. NM also set two records: team at bats (1,029) and innings pitched (245). The Norse also tied last year’s team with 39 games played. No surprise in the batting order, as the No. 3 and No. 4 spots posted the highest averages, .381 and .413, respectively. As usual the first inning proved its importance: the Norse were 11-3 when leading, 9-6 when tied and 6-4 when losing. In 20 games, NM did NOT score a run in the first inning and had seven other games where it scored just one run; that means the Norse scored two or more runs in the first inning just 12 times. Although there were seven seniors on the roster, it was junior Adrian Anderson who led the team in most offensive statistics. Adrian, the team’s Most Valuable Player, led the team with a school-record 122 at bats, 47 runs, 46 hits, 20 doubles, four home runs and 42 RBI. He tied for the team lead with 39 games played, which is also a school record. His .377 batting average was second-best. Adrian was also the team’s No. 2 pitcher, posting a 6-4 record while striking out 56 and walking 24. After Adrian, it was mainly seniors who led the way. Chase Raymond won the batting title with a .418 average (38-for-91) while playing a solid right field. Chase also led the team with a .545 on-base percentage and seven hit by pitches. Austin West, the team’s No. 1 pitcher, had the team’s third-best batting average with a.363 (33-for-91) and tied a school record with his 39 games played. On the mound, Austin posted an 8-5 record while striking out 57 and walking just 13 in 76.66 innings. Hector Garcia, the No. 1 catcher, tied for the team lead with six sacrifices while posting a solid .330 batting average (34-for-103). Noah Rhyndress, easily the team’s Most Improved Player, posted a .328 batting average (21-for-64), and on the mound, had a 5-1 record while striking out 40 and walking 13 in 40.66 innings. He had a 1.55 ERA while opponents batted just .220 against him. Curtis Taylor, the starting first baseman and Gold Glove winner, just missed the .300 mark for the second straight year. This year, Curtis batted .298 (28-for-94). Ben Ocharzak, the starting second baseman, played in a school record-tying 39 games. He also tied for the team lead with six sacrifices and led the team with a 16 stolen bases. On the mound, Ben set a school record with three saves. Jon Ackley, the back-up first baseman, played solid defensively (only one error) while batting .273. In addition to Adrian, four other juniors contributed to the team. Rogan McEvoy, who manned the third-base position, batted .330 (31-for-94). He also posted a 3-2 record on the mound while leading the team with a 1.38 ERA in 30.33 innings. Opponents batted just .191 against him. Jack Gautraud, who played center field, led the team with 24 walks while batting .286. Unfortunately, he also led the team with 26 strikeouts. Chase Cooke, the back-up catcher, posted a .281 batting average. The only other junior to lead an offensive category was Adam Edick, who had one of the team’s two triples for the season. Four sophomores saw limited time on varsity, but the foursome (Travis Webster, Jesse Dunn, Reese McCamant and Ryan Compeau) collectively batted .560 (14-for-25) while scoring 18 runs. Compeau had one of the team’s two triples.
 

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 Fruitport 2, NM 1 6 players with a single in Bud Giddings' debut as Trojan coach 
0-2 *Oakridge 6, NM 3   Eagles score three w/ 2 outs in top of 7th; Adam Edick scored all 3 runs 
0-3 *Oakrdige 7, NM 2 Only 2 hits; Adrian Anderson double, Rogan McEvoy single 
1-3 NM 6, WM Christian 2 Noah Rhyndress CG, 9 K's; Anderson single, double, RBI, run 
1-4  *Ravenna 7, NM 6   Down 6-4, Eagles hit bases-clearing double in bottom of 7th for win 
2-4  *NM 2, Ravenna 0 Anderson CG, 8 K's; Anderson & Ben Ocharzak double 
3-4  *NM 10, Hart 0 Edick 2 singles, double, 2 RBI, 2 R; Curtis Taylor 2 singles, 2 RBI, 2 R 
4-4  *NM 14, Hart 2   17 hits; Hector Garcia 4 singles, 3 RBI, 2 runs 
5-4 NM 11, Hesperia 1  McEvoy 5-inn. 1-hitter; Anderson single, double, home run, 3 RBI, 3 R 
6-4  NM 6, Hesperia 3  Anderson double, home run, 3 RBI, 2 runs 
7-4  NM 9, Mona Shores 4 Marsh; Chase Raymond single, double, 3 RBI, run; McEvoy 2-run HR 
8-4  NM 6, Muskegon 2  Rhyndress CG, 4-hitter; Jon Ackley 2 doubles, 2 RBI 
9-4  NM 11, Muskegon 1 Raymond 2 singles; Anderson & Jesse Dunn double 
10-4  NM 8, Mason CC 0  Austin West CG, 6-hitter; Ocharzak 2 singles, double, 2 RBI
10-5  Mason CC 10, NM 9  Spartans break 9-9 tie in top of 7th; Curtis Taylor, Garcia 2 singles, 2 runs 
11-5  NM 4, Holton 1   County; 3-hour rain delay; McEvoy 2 doubles, run
11-6  Musk. Catholic 5, NM 3  County; Taylor single, 2 RBI 
12-6  *NM 11, Montague 3  9-run first inning; Anderson 2 singles, 2 RBI, 2 runs 
13-6  *NM 6, Montague 5  Noah Rhyndress single, home run, 2 RBI, run 
14-6  NM 7, Holton 3   Edick 4 singles, RBI, run
14-7  Holton 3, NM 2   Devils break 2-2 tie in bottom of 7th; Anderson double, RBI 
14-8  Reeths-Puffer 5, NM 2 Raymond 2 singles
15-8   NM 7, Reeths-Puffer 6  Winning run scored on double steal; Garcia single, HR, 3 RBI, 2 runs 
15-9   White Cloud 4, NM 3 Indians break 3-3 tie in bottom of 7th; Garcia single, 2 RBI 
16-9   NM 14, White Cloud 9 Anderson single, home run, 3 RBI, 3 runs 
16-10  *Whitehall 11, NM 7  Garcia 2 doubles, 4 RBI 
17-10  *NM 3, Whitehall 1   Coach Kent sets school record with 184th win; McEvoy 2 singles, run 
18-10  NM  22, Musk. Heights 0  Chase Cooke 9 K's in 3-inn. win; Ocharzak 2 doubles, 2 RBI, 2 runs 
19-10  NM 18, Musk. Heights 4 Cooke 3 singles, 4 RBI, run 
20-10  NM 7, Fremont 1   Rhyndress single, double, RBI, 2 runs 
21-10  NM 15, Fremont 0  Ryan Compeau & Travis Webster single, double, 2 runs 
22-10  NM 10, Holland Chr. 0 HC Tournament; McEvoy 3 doubles, 3 RBI, run 
23-10  NM 10, Holland 3 HC Tournament; 15 hits; Raymond single, 2 doubles, 3 RBI, 2 runs 
23-11 Zeeland East 12, NM 5 HC Championship; 11th game in 6 days; Rhyndress 2 doubles, 2 RBI, run 
24-11  *NM 7, Shelby 4 Anderson double, home run, 3 RBI, 2 runs
24-12  *Shelby 6, NM 5 Tigers break 5-5 tie in bottom of 7th; Raymond 2 singles, 2 RBI, run 
25-12  NM 11, Freedom Chr. 1  Pre-District; Taylor 2 doubles, 2 runs 
26-12  NM 22, Holland Calvary 0 District; all 15 players scored; McEvoy single, double, 4 RBI, 3 runs 
26-13 Musk. Catholic 7, NM 6  District Championship; Raymond 2 singles, run



2013 -- Warren Kent III (16-14 overall, 10-4 in WMC; 2nd place in WMC; Montague champs)
While the Norse had a winning record for the ninth consecutive season, it was a quirky season. The Norse played 11 one-run games, going 4-7, and played a school record four extra-inning games, going 1-3. The Norse lost to both Muskegon and Western Michigan Christian while winning three games from Oakridge and sweeping a doubleheader from Whitehall. The Muskegon loss was the Big Reds only win of the season, and the WMC loss was the first to the Warriors since 2002 and snapped an 18-game win streak. The three wins over the Eagles was the first season sweep since 2008, and the sweep of Whitehall was the first since 1995. The Norse won the school’s 700th game with a 5-2 victory over Hesperia. NM now has a 705-727-5 record in 78 seasons. NM helped coach Kent win his 200th game, a 3-1 victory over Mason County Central. Coach Kent ended the season with a 209-118-1 overall record. The offense only had two spots in the batting order post an average better than .300. The No. 3 spot was 47-for-99 (.475) while the lead-off spot was 38-for-110 (.345). The No. 4 (.232), No. 7 (.227) and No. 9 (.205) all struggled to find consistency. As usual, the Norsemen posted a big run advantage in the first inning, outscoring their opponents 46-15 in the first frame. NM had the first inning lead in 13 games but only posted a 7-6 record in those games. The Norse were 7-3 when tied after the first inning and 0-5 when losing in first inning. The Norse outscored their opponents in every inning except the sixth (21 to 12) and seventh (4 to 2) innings. The team set two school records while tying two others. The offense struck out just 132 times to break the school record by 11, and the pitching staff walked just 76 batters, breaking the school record by nine. The six doubles in the 11-1 win over Shelby tied a school record for two-baggers in a game, and the four doubles in the third inning of the same game also tied the school record for doubles in an inning. • Senior Adrian Anderson was by far the overall leader for the Norse. Adrian, the team’s MVP, led the team in most offensive categories. He led the team with an even .500 average (48-for-96), which tied him for No. 6 on the all-time season list. Adrian also paced the team with 96 at bats, 48 hits, 14 doubles, three triples, one home run, and a .569 on-base percentage, and he tied for the team lead with 27 runs and four hit by pitches. Adrian was also the team’s No. 1 pitcher, finishing with a 5-4 record with a 1.63 ERA. He led the team with 55 strikeouts in 60 innings. Juniors Ryan Compeau, Reese McCamant and Jesse Dunn were the only other players with a better than .300 average. Compeau, who manned first base, posted a .360 average (27-for-75) while batting in 22 runs. McCamant played both third and shortstop and finished with a .355 average (27-for-76) and tied for the team lead with four hit by pitches while stealing 14 bases. Dunn batted .319 (29-for-91) while tying for the team lead with 27 runs and four sacrifices and leading the team with 16 stolen bases. All three also saw time on the mound with McCamant tossing 32 innings with a 1.53 ERA and a 2-4 record. Neither Compeau nor Dunn recorded a decision in a combined 22 innings of work. Juniors Travis Webster (.298) and Brody Scott (.292) both came within one hit of hitting the .300 mark. Webster played outfield while Scott shared time as catcher and shared the Gold Glove Award. Senior Rogan McEvoy, while struggling offensively, posted the team’s best record on the mound with a 7-2 record. Rogan had a 1.53 ERA in 59 innings while striking out 52 and walking just 13. Offensively, Rogan led the team with 19 walks. Three other seniors – Adam Edick, Chase Cooke and Jack Gautraud – all played significant innings with Edick tying for the team lead with four sacrifices while Jack led the team with 20 strikeouts. Chase shared the Gold Glove Award. Juniors Stephen Pallante, Chris Hillman and Bailey Cooper each gained valuable playing time. One sophomore, Riley Draper, played 17 games and posted a 2-2 record on the mound while also playing second base. Two sophomores (Ben Gautraud and Connor Gannon) and a freshman (Connor McEvoy) all played at least one game.

Record Score
Interesting Fact
0-1 *Ravenna 3, NM 1 Lost opener for 5th straight year; Ryan Compeau double
1-1 *NM 15, Ravenna 0 9-run third inning; Adrian Anderson 2 singles, triple, 2 runs
2-1 *NM 17, Hart 1 9-run first inning; Anderson/Reese McCamant combined no-hitter
3-1 *
NM 15, Hart 0 Stephen Pallante 2 singles, double, 4 runs, 2 RBI
3-2 Musk. Catholic 10, NM 9 Crusaders break 9-9 tie in 7th; Jesse Dunn single, double, run
3-3 GR Covenant 8, NM 7 10 innings; McCamant 3 singles, 2 runs
4-3 *NM 3, Oakridge 1 Anderson CG, 8 K's; offense no-hit through five innings; 4 singles in final 2 inn. 
5-3 *NM 4, Oakridge 3 8 innings; Rogan McEvoy CG; Anderson walk-off single
6-3 NM 8, Muskegon 1 McCamant CG, 6 K's; Travis Webster single, double, run
7-3 *NM 3, Mason CC 1 Anderson CG, no-hitter through 6 1/3; Coach Kent's 200th win 
8-3 *NM 3, Mason CC 2 McEvoy CG; Dunn scored all 3 runs, also had 3 singles
8-4 Fremont 9, NM 1 Only 4 hits; Anderson double, RBI
8-5 Fremont 16, NM 15 NM had 11-2 first-inning lead; Dunn single, double, triple, 3 runs, 3 RBI
9-5 NM 6, Montague 0 County; Anderson CG, 7 K's; Brody Scott 2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBI
10-5 NM 4, Oakridge 3 County; McEvoy CG; McCamant 3 singles, run, RBI
11-5 NM 5, Hesperia 2 School win #700; Anderson, single, HR, run, RBI
12-5 NM 6, Hesperia 5 Riley Draper 1st varsity win, 6 1/3, 6 K's; Anderson single, double, 2 runs, 2 RBI
12-6 *Montague 5, NM 4 Anderson 3 singles
12-7 *Montague 8, NM 0 Draper 2 singles
12-8 Holton 6, NM 5 County championship; postponed 5 days; 12 innings; Anderson 4 hits, 2 runs
12-9 WM Christian 6, NM 4 First Warrior win since 2002; snaps 18-game win streak; Adam Edick 2 singles, run
13-9 *NM 6, Whitehall 2 Broke 2-2 tie with 4 in sixth inn.; Edick single, double, run, 2 RBI
14-9 *NM 9, Whitehall 3 Edick 3 singles, 2 runs, 2 RBI

14-10 Reeths-Puffer 4, NM 2 Anderson 2 doubles
14-11 Muskegon 8, NM 7 Took 7-4 lead in top of 8th; Webster 3 singles, run, RBI
14-12 Mona Shores 5, NM 2 Anderson 3 singles, RBI
14-13 *Shelby 5, NM 3 Compeau 2 singles, 2 RBI
15-13 *NM 11, Shelby 1 Compeau single, double, 2 runs, 2 RBI
16-13 NM 8, WM Lutheran 0 District; Anderson 3 singles, 2 runs, 2 RBI

16-14 Musk. Catholic 7, NM 0 District Finals; MCC's sophomore lefty Nick Holt no-hit Norse  



2014 -- Warren Kent III (14-13 overall, 8-6 in WMC; 3rd place in WMC; Oakridge champs)
While the Norse had a winning record for the 10th consecutive season, it was the games that were not played that made a difference in the season. Due to poor weather, NM had 10 games cancelled, which caused the team to struggle to find consistency. For example, the Norse had 29 practices, including Spring Break, before they even played a game. From April 21 to May 17, the Norse played 15 games, but in the final two weeks of the season, NM played 12 games over six dates. The Norse played three one-run games, going 0-3. The Norse played two extra-inning games, going 0-2. The longest win was streak four while the longest losing streak was three. The Norse only had four spots in the batting order post an average better than .300 with the No. 4 spot leading the way with .412 (35-for-85). The No. 1 spot was .356 (32-for-90), the No. 3 spot was .333 (29-for-87) and the No. 9 spot was .319 (22-for-69). The No. 7 (.243) and the No. 2 spot (.244) struggled for consistency. NM had the first inning lead in 10 games, posting a 7-3 record in those games. The Norse were 6-4 when tied after the first inning and 1-6 when losing in first inning. The Norse outscored their opponents in every inning except the first (32-23) and sixth (20-6) innings. Because weather knocked 10 games from the schedule, the Norse only set two school records as a team. The offense struck out just 79 times to shatter the school record by 53, and the defense committed just 61 errors, breaking the school record by two. Brody Scott and Stephen Pallante were the defensive and offensive engines for the Norse. Brody, the every-day catcher, capped his varsity career in grand fashion. For the second consecutive year, he was selected the Gold Glove Award winner as he committed just two errors in 158 chances. Stephen, who played every inning of every game in left field, did not make an error in 31 chances. Offensively, Brody became the 29th member of the school’s .400 club by batting .443 (35-for-79). He led the team with 20 RBI and five sacrifices with his five sacrifices tying him for ninth on the all-time season list. Brody also tied for the team lead with 35 hits and six doubles. He tied school record with six at bats in the 12-inning loss to Ravenna. In the conference, Brody posted a .404 average (19-for-47) and led the team with three doubles and 13 RBI while tying for the team lead with three sacrifices. A year ago, Stephen batted .265; this year; he posted a .398 average, missing the .400 club by one hit. He led the team in five categories, including games played (27), at bats (88), runs (33), stolen bases (15) and on-base percentage (.476) and tied for team lead with 11 walks and 35 hits. Stephen also had the team’s longest hit streak (9 games). For these improvements from last year, he is the Most Improved Player. Additionally, Stephen was the team’s leading hitter in conference action with a .417 average (20-for-48). He also led the team with 22 runs, 20 hits, 48 at bats, nine stolen bases and a .509 on-base percentage in conference. He also tied school record with six at bats in the 12-inning loss to Ravenna. For his classroom work, Stephen was Academic All-State for the second consecutive year and also was Academic All-Region and Academic All-District. Both players were named All-District, All-Area Second Team and All-Conference First Team and shared the team’s MVP award. Reese McCamant, who manned the shortstop position and was one of the team’s top pitchers, was one of three players to bat above .300 and tied for the team lead in triples (1) and home runs (1). He was selected to the All-District team and All-Area Honorable Mention as an infielder. Reese, who posted a conference batting average of .340 (16-for-47), was named to the All-Conference First Team as an infielder. On the mound, Reese paced the team with five wins overall and four wins in the conference. He made the all-time season shutout list by posting two, which put him at a tie at No. 5. Reese tossed shutout No. 1 against Mason CC, a 7-0 win, when he allowed just an infield single. Shutout No. 2 was against Ravenna in a 2-0 win when he allowed three hits. He struck out a season-high 10 batters in the district semifinal win over Potter’s House. Ryan Compeau, the regular first baseman, just missed the .300 mark, batting .291. He tied for the team lead with one triple and was selected All-Area Honorable Mention. In the conference, Ryan posted a .348 average (16-for-46) and was named All-Conference First Team as an infielder. Bailey Cooper was the team’s top defensive outfielder. His key defensive play came in the top of the eighth in a 4-4 tie with Ravenna when Bailey threw out a runner at the plate to preserve the tie. Bailey was the team’s No. 3 starter and had his best performance against Orchard View when he tossed a complete-game, striking out five and scattering eight hits. He was the recipient of the Coach’s Award for his unselfish attitude. The final three seniors – Jesse Dunn, Travis Webster and Chris Hillman – all saw significant playing time. Jesse, who is the final of three brothers to play for Coach Kent, played mostly second base and right field when he was not pitching. He tied for team lead with 11 walks and posted a .324 conference average (12-for-37) but only batted .133 (4-for-30) in non-conference games. Jesse, the team’s No. 4 starter and the go-to relief pitcher, had the team’s lowest ERA at 1.88 but did not qualify for the ERA title because he fell 2.66 innings short of 25 innings. Travis, who was the starting center fielder, tied for the team lead with one triple and four hit by pitches. Chris, who played third base when he wasn’t sick, is the final of three Hillman brothers to play for the Norse. Riley Draper, who played second base, third base, shortstop and was one of the top pitchers, batted .372 (16-for-43) in the conference but only .161 (5-for-31) in non-conference games. He tied a school record with six at bats in the 12-inning loss to Ravenna. On the mound, Riley led the team in innings pitched (54.33), opponent’s batting average (.204), ERA (2.32), strikeouts (60) and saves (2). In the conference, he led team in innings pitched (35.33), opponent’s batting average (.188), ERA (1.59) and strikeouts (44). He tossed a no-hitter against Shelby, when the Norse rallied for five runs in the seventh inning to win 5-2. Riley struck out a season-high 10 batters in 6-5 loss to Mason CC. In the classroom, Riley was awarded Academic All-District and Academic All-Region honors. Ben Gautraud played third base, catcher and designated hitter. Ben, who hit his first varsity home run in the 16-1 victory over Hart, tied for the team lead in four categories: doubles (6), triples (1), home runs (1) and hit by pitches (4). Two other juniors – Connor Gannon and Joel Hardy – saw minimal playing time. Connor, who played shortstop and third base, tied for the team lead with three sacrifices in conference play. Joel, who played sparingly, was counted on as one of the team’s courtesy runners. Both are pitchers but saw few innings on the mound. Junior Marco Visconti and sophomores Erick Bleakley and Joe Osborn played fewer than five games. Bleakley did get one start on the mound, losing to Reeths-Puffer.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 Fruitport 6, NM 5  8 innings; lost opener for 6th straight year; Brody Scott single, double, RBI 
1-1 *NM 16, Hart 1  10-run second inning; Ryan Compeau single, double, 2 runs, 2 RBI
 
2-1 *NM 22, Hart 0 13-run fourth inning; 19 hits; Stephen Pallante 3 singles, 4 runs, 4 RBI
3-1 NM 5, Orchard View 3 Broke 3-3 tie in 7th; Bailey Cooper CG; Travis Webster single, double, 3 RBI

3-2 *Oakridge 12, NM 6 McCamant single, HR, 2 runs, 2 RBI
3-3 *Oakridge 5, NM 2 In Coach Kent era, teams are tied with 13 wins each; Pallante double, run
3-4 *Mason CC 6, NM 5 6 errors; Riley Draper 10 K's; Compeau 3 singles, RBI
4-4 *NM 7, Mason CC 0 Reese McCamant CG, 1-hit shutout; Jesse Dunn 3 singles, 2 runs, 2 RBI
4-5 Holton 7, NM 0 County; Pallante & Scott 2 singles
5-5 *NM 13, Montague 5 7-run second inning; McCamant CG; Draper 2 singles, 2 runs, 3 RBI
6-5 *NM 12, Montague 0 Draper 5-inning shutout; Compeau 2 singles, 2 runs, 3 RBI
7-5 NM 12, WM Christian 0 Cooper & Connor Gannon combined 1-hitter; Cooper single, double, run, 3 RBI
8-5 NM 10, WM Christian 3 Ben Gautraud double, run, 4 RBI
8-6 Musk. Catholic 10, NM 0 One hit (Gannon infield single); 6 errors; MCC ranked No. 1 in state 
8-7 Musk. Catholic 10, NM 1 All 10 Crusader runs unearned; only 3 hits; Pallante single, run
8-8 Montague 6, NM 5 Outhit Wildcats 11-3; Dunn 2 singles, 2 RBI
9-8 NM 6, Montague 2 Dunn CG, 5-inning win; Scott & McCamant 2 singles, run, RBI
10-8 *NM 9, Shelby 5 Pallante 2 singles, 2 runs
11-8 *NM 5, Shelby 2 Draper CG no-hitter; scored 5 runs in top of 7th; Scott single, double, RBI
11-9 *Whitehall 15, NM 2 Pallante 2 singles, run
11-10   *Whitehall 12, NM 5 4th-inning triple play; Pallante single, double, 2 runs, RBI
12-10 NM 7, Reeths-Puffer 4 Webster 2 singles, run, RBI
12-11 Reeths-Puffer 14, NM 1 Rockets scored 13 runs in 1st inning; Pallante & Compeau single
13-11 *NM 5, Ravenna 0 McCamant CG shutout; 3rd error-free game of season; Compeau single, 2 RBI
13-12 *Ravenna 6, NM 4 12 innings; Pallante 2 singles, run, RBI
14-12 NM 6, Potter's House 1 District; McCamant 10 K's; Scott single, 2 doubles, 2 RBI
14-13 Musk. Catholic 10, NM 0 District Finals; only one hit (Webster single)

2015 -- Warren Kent III (13-17 overall, 3-11 in WMC; 7th place in WMC; Whitehall/Montague Champs)
If the 2015 version of the North Muskegon varsity baseball team were a novel it would be the sequel to Great Expectations, titled Unfulfilled. It definitely was the best of times; it was definitely the worst of times. While the 2015 squad finished 13-17, this team had the potential to be one of the better teams, record-wise, in Norse history, but too many plays, too many innings, too many games that were not completed caused the season to take a downward turn rather than an upward turn. The Norsemen outhit nine opponents in games that they lost. The Norsemen lost five games in the other team’s final at bat. The Norsemen lost nine games by two or fewer runs. First innings, which usually set the tone, were not favorable for the Norse. While they jumped out to leads in 15 games, NM only went 8-7 in those games. When NM was trailing after the first inning, the Norse was 2-8, and when the score was tied, NM was 3-2. This year’s team batted .335, which was the second-best of any coach Kent team next to the 2008 state semi-finalist team (.372). The Norse outhit their opponents 270-171. Additionally, this team struck out just 118 times, the second fewest of any coach Kent-led team. Last year’s team struck out just 79 times. Conversely, opponents only batted .239 against Norse pitching and struck out 182 times. While the 78 errors were the seventh most in coach Kent’s 12 years, the 86 unearned runs were the third most. NM outscored its opponents in every inning, 1 through 5, but were outscored in every inning thereafter. Spots 1-7 in the batting order all posted a batting average greater than .319 with 1 through 4 all batting better than .379. NM struggled at both the No 8 (.183) and No. 9 (.256) spots. Three seniors (Connor Gannon, Riley Draper and Ben Gautraud), who batted 1-2-3, led the team throughout the season. Connor, who made the transition from infield in 2014 to outfield in 2015 flawlessly, won the Gold Glove Award. Connor was All-District, First Team All-Conference and Second Team All-Area as an outfielder. From the lead-off spot, Connor led the team with 24 stolen bases, which puts him in a tie at No. 3 on the all-time season list. He also led the team with 35 runs. Additionally, he posted a .379 average (36-for-95). In the conference, Connor paced the team with 47 at bats, 16 runs and 11 stolen bases while batting .340. Riley, who batted in the No. 2 spot and was one of the team’s top pitchers, was an All-District performer (utility), an Honorable Mention All-Conference selection (infield) and an Honorable Mention All-Area pick (infield). Overall, Riley led the team in hits (37) and at bats (97) while posting a .381 average. In the conference, Riley paced the team in at bats (47) while batting .383. His five runs scored against Hart tied a school record. On the mound, Riley was the staff workhorse, tossing a team-high 57 ? innings, striking out 46, while finishing with a 4-7 record. Opponents batted just .202 against him, and he had a 2.43 ERA. Riley tossed three shutouts, which puts him in a second-place tie on the all-time season list. His four career shutouts rank him in a tie for second also. Academically, Riley was an Academic All-District and an Academic All-Region recipient. Ben, the team’s MVP, was the most consistent hitter throughout the season, mainly from the No. 3 spot in the order. Ben, who was All-District (infield), Honorable Mention All-Conference (infield), and Second Team All-Area (infield) was the team’s batting champ with a .439 average (36-for-82). He led the team with a .510 on-base percentage, 10 doubles and seven hit by pitches. His seven HBP’s put him in a tie at No. 7 on the all-time season list. His 11 career HBP’s put him in a tie for fifth on career list. Ben also hit one of the team’s two home runs and tied for the team lead with five sacrifices, which puts him in a tie for ninth on the all-time season list. His eight career sacrifices tie him for fourth on the career list. Ben also tied two school records for a game with five runs against Hart and two HBP’s versus Coopersville. In the conference, Ben batted .476 (20-for-42). Ben also had the team’s longest hit streak at 10 games, which ties him for 10th on the all-time season list. The leading junior on the team was Erick Bleakley, a First Team All-Conference and Honorable Mention All-Area performer (infield), while posting a West Michigan Conference batting average of .512 (22-for-43). Overall, Erick batted .402 (33-for-82), making he and Ben Gautraud just the fifth duo to bat over .400 in the same season (1980, 1994, 1995, 2007, 2008) in the 80-year history of NM baseball. NOTE: The 2005 team had three players bat over .400. In the conference, Erick led the team with 22 hits, eight doubles, two triples and 17 RBI. Overall, Erick paced the team with two triples and 24 RBI. His seven RBI vs. Hart tied a school record. On the mound, Erick was 2-5 with a 2.18 ERA in 45 innings and 45 strikeouts. For his work in the classroom, Erick made the Academic All-District and the Academic All-region teams. The final two players to post a batting average better than .300 were sophomores Brighton Schofield and Dalton Fuller, the corner outfielders. Brighton, the left fielder, posted a .362 batting average (25-for-69) and led the team with 17 walks. Dalton, the right fielder, batted .339 (21-for-62). Both Brighton and Dalton also pitched. Brighton struck out 17 in 19 ? innings but is still looking for his first varsity win (0-3). Dalton went 1-0 in eight innings. Two juniors just missed the .300 mark. Joe Osborn, who played second base, missed the .300 mark by two hits, posting a .279 average (17-for-61), while Ben Garcia, the first baseman, missed the .300 mark by three hits, posting a .275 average (25-for-91). On the mound, Joe was 0-1 in 7 ? innings, but he did combine with Joel Hardy for a five-inning perfect game at Pentwater. Ben posted a 4-1 record, striking out 36 in 24 ? innings. He posted a 1.42 ERA while opponents batted .212 against him. Sophomore Jake Bean, the every-day catcher, rounds out the normal starting lineup. While Jake, who was the team’s Most Improved Player, struggled offensively (.209), he was stellar behind the plate, fielding 141 chances and having only two errors. Jake tied for the team lead with five sacrifices, which put him in a tie for ninth on the all-time season list. Two seniors, Joel Hardy and Marco Visconti, saw varying degrees of playing time. Joel, who split time in left field and courtesy ran, had one of the team’s two homers and had the dubious distinction of leading the team with 18 strikeouts. On the mound, Joel posted a 2-0 record in 12 innings of work and combined with Joe Osborn for a five-inning perfect game at Pentwater. Joel was awarded the Coaches’ Award. Marco, who played third base, batted 26 times while posting a .231 average. Junior Kade Bickford posted a .200 average (5-for-20) in limited playing time. The final six players, one sophomore (Alex Slocum) and five freshmen (Tommy Gautraud, Brett Huff, Jimmy Cobb, Cayden Villescas and Matt Kraley), combined to post a .425 average (10-for-24) and score eight runs.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 *Oakridge 15, NM 8 Lost opener for 7th straight year; Connor Gannon 2 singles, run
0-2 *Oakridge 10, NM 6 Erick Bleakley single, 2 doubles, 2 runs, 2 RBI
0-3 *Shelby 3, NM 2 8 innings; Brighton Schofield double, run 
0-4 *Shelby 8, NM 5 Bleakley double, 2 runs, RBI
1-4 NM 1, Coopersville 0 Only 2nd 1-0 win in 80-year NM history; Riley Draper complete-game 2-hitter
1-5 Coopersville 4, NM 3 DH was first meeting between schools since 1966; Schofield double, RBI
2-5 NM 18, Pentwater 3 18 hits; Dalton Fuller 3 singles, 3 runs, RBI 
3-5 NM 11, Pentwater 0 Joel Hardy & Joe Osborn 5-inn. perfect game; Draper & Schofield 3 singles
3-6 Mona Shores 12, NM 0 Only 2 hits; Schofield & Gautraud single 
4-6 NM 9, Saugatuck 3 1st regular season meeting between two schools; Gannon 3 singles, 2 RBI
4-7 Saugatuck 11, NM 5 7 errors; Bleakley & Alex Slocum 2 singles
5-7 *NM 32, Hart 0 School record 32 runs in 3 inn.; Bleakley 2 singles, double, triple, 7 RBI
6-7 *NM 10, Hart 0 Draper 9 K's; Joel Hardy single, triple, 2 runs 
7-7 NM 3, Montague 0 County; Draper 3rd shutout of season, 1 hit, 9 K's; Schofield 2 singles, run, RBI
7-8 Oakridge 5, NM 3 County; only 4 singles; Draper single, run, RBI 
8-8 NM 10, Orchard View 0 6th shutout of season; Garcia 4-hitter; Hardy 3-run HR
8-9 Orchard View 11, NM 2 Only 4 hits; Gautraud double
8-10 *Mason CC 12, NM 7 Gannon single, double, 3 runs, RBI
9-10 *NM 9, Mason CC 1 Gautraud single, double, HR, 4 runs, RBI
9-11 *Montague 3, NM 1 Draper 1-hitter; 5 singles from 5 different players 
9-12 *Montague 8, NM 6 9 innings; Draper 2 singles, triple, run, RBI 
10-12 NM 5, WM Christian 4 Brothers Ben (p) and Tommy (c) Gautraud started game; Gannon 3 singles
11-12 NM 12, WM Christian 1 No seniors (senior awards assembly); Bleakley 3 singles, 2 runs, 2 RBI
12-12 NM 13, Hesperia 3 Fuller picks up win on his birthday; Gautraud single, double, 2 runs, 4 RBI 
13-12 NM 4, Hesperia 2 Garcia 12 K's; Jake Bean 2 singles, 2 RBI 
13-13 *Ravenna 2, NM 0 Draper 3-hitter; 6 singles from 6 different players
13-14 *Ravenna 9, NM 8 Bulldogs score twice in bottom of 7th; Draper 2 singles, double, run, RBI
13-15 *Whitehall 6, NM 5 Garcia 2 singles, run, RBI 
13-16 *Whitehall 14, NM 4 Bleakley single, 2 doubles, run
13-17 WM Christian 5, NM 4 District; 8 innings; winning run scored on wild pitch; 8 errors; 4 players with 2 singles



2016 -- Warren Kent III (17-20 overall, 4-10 in WMC; 6th place in WMC; Whitehall/Oakridge Champs)
With the Norse returning five players who batted better than .275 in 2015 and adding three JV players who all batted better than .466 in 2015, expectations for a solid offensive campaign were high. Unfortunately, those expectations were not met as the Norse finished with just two players with better than a .284 average. This year’s team batting average of .267, which was .68 less than last year, was the second lowest in Coach Kent’s 13 years. Additionally, for the first time in school history, the Norse lost 20 games. Prior to this year, the school record was 19 losses, which happened in three consecutive seasons (1996-1998). However, the Norse did add a trophy to the school’s collection, taking second at the Boyne City Invitational. Also, this team continued to battle to the end of the season, posting an 8-3 record over the final 11 games. Looking back on this season, the stats were not always pretty, and here are some stats that explain why the Norse couldn’t quite put it together. The Norsemen played 13 one-run games, going 7-6 in those contests. The Norse went 1-2 in 1-0 games and lost all three extra innings games. The Norsemen were outscored by its opponents by 37 runs (194-157). The 157 runs were the second lowest in Coach Kent’s 13 years while the 194 runs surrendered were second most. First innings, for the second year in a row, proved crucial for the Norse. The Norse had the lead 13 times in the first inning, going 11-2 in such games. However, when NM was tied after the first inning, it went 4-8, and when the Norse were losing in the first inning, they went 2-10. NM only outscored its opponents in the second and sixth innings. Opponents did bat only .245 against Norse pitching, as NM outhit its opponents 247-231 for a +16, but NM pitchers walked 36 more batters and hit 25 more batters. Additionally, the Norse committed 39 more errors than their opponents. Add those numbers together, and opponents had a +100. The team also had a .346 on-base percentage, which was the lowest in the Coach Kent era. The 237 strikeouts by Norse pitchers are second most under Coach Kent, but the 147 walks were also second most and the 44 HBP were the most. In the batting order, only the No. 3 spot posted an average greater than .299 (at .427). No. 1 (.220), No. 5 (.170) and No. 6 (.192) all struggled for consistency. This team had the second most sacrifices (38) in school history, trailing only the 2008 team, which had 39. The Norse set a school record with 8 saves. Of course, these statistics only tell part of the story. The Norse were led throughout the season by three seniors: Erick Bleakley, Ben Garcia and Joe Osborn. Erick, who was a First Team All-State first baseman, led the team in 11 of the 15 offensive categories. Erick led the team with 37 games played, 109 at bats, 32 runs, 47 hits, 11 doubles, 4 triples, 7 home runs, 31 RBI, 12 stolen bases, a .431 batting average, and a .508 on-base percentage. He was selected All-District and All-Region as a first baseman. On the mound, Erick was the team’s workhorse, leading the team with 65 innings and 86 strikeouts, which put him at No. 8 on the Norse season list. He struck out a season-best 12 in the 1-0 loss to Cedar Springs. Opponents batted just .174 while he posted a 0.86 ERA, which was good enough for No. 4 on the NM season list. His career 1.71 ERA (114 innings) is No. 4 on the all-time list. In the conference, Erick batted .465 (20-for-43) and was named a First-Team All-Conference infielder. For his classroom work, Erick was an All-Conference Scholar Athlete, Academic All-District and Academic All-Region. Erick was selected by the coaching staff as the 2016 Most Valuable Player. Ben, who played mostly third base and outfield (when not pitching), was the only other player to post a batting average better than .300. Ben, who had the team’s longest hit streak at 11 games, posted a .359 batting average. His hit streak put him in a tie for eighth place on the all-time season list. Ben started the season batting .293 (17-for-58), but after the County tournament, he exploded for a .444 average (20-for-45). He was selected All-District as an infielder. On the mound, Ben couldn’t match his 4-1 record from his junior year, slumping to a 1-4 record while walking 35 in just 22 ? innings. For his classroom work, Ben was Academic All-District. Joe led the team with 10 sacrifices, which set a school record for a season. His 12 sacrifices for his career are No. 2 all-time. He also led the team with five hit by pitches. On the mound, Joe became a fixture in the “bullpen.” When a strike was needed to be thrown, Joe was summoned. He picked up his first varsity win on Senior Day, when he tossed a five-inning complete game in the 12-2 victory over Kent City. He also picked up a save at Coopersville. For his improvement in all facets of the game (pitching, defense and hitting), Joe has been selected by the coaching as the team’s Most Improved Player. For his classroom work, Joe was an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and Academic All-District. The four juniors (Alex Slocum, Brighton Schofield, Jake Bean and Dalton Fuller) who started couldn’t quite get untrack offensively, batting a collective .231 (81-for-350). Alex, the every-day center fielder, did move into the No. 6 spot on the season list for sacrifices with six. On the mound, Alex had the team’s best win percentage, going 4-2. He did set a school record with 14 hit batters, including a school record seven in a game against Muskegon Catholic Central in which he got a no decision. For his classroom work, Alex was an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and Academic All-District. For the second straight year, Brighton led the team in walks (18). He had 17 as a sophomore. However, his batting average dropped from .362 as a sophomore to .226 this year. Brighton was hitting .281 (9-for-32) through 12 games when a hip injury occurred. He then batted .192 (10-for-52) for the remainder of the season. On the mound, Brighton finished with 54 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings. For his classroom work, Brighton was an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and Academic All-District. Jake, who was selected as the Coach’s Award recipient, caught nearly every inning. Dalton, who took home the Gold Glove Award, played both first base and right field. Defensively, Dalton had the team’s best fielding percentage in the conference at .984, making just one error in 61 chances. He also had the team’s best fielding percentage overall (.962) with five errors in 132 chances. However, he couldn’t find consistency at the plate, dropping from a .339 average as a sophomore to .229 as a junior. He started the season 17-for-55 (.309) through 19 games; batted .122 (5-for-41) through the season’s final 18 games. He did have eight sacrifices, which put him at No. 2 on the NM season list. Two sophomores (Tommy Gautraud and Jimmy Cobb) saw varying degrees of success. Tommy was a jack of all trades, playing all three outfield positions, third base, second base and catcher. Batting mainly from the lead-off spot, he had two-hit games six times during the season. Jimmy had the dubious honor of leading the team with 23 strikeouts. On the mound, Jimmy tied a school record with three saves. For his classroom work, Jimmy was an All-Conference Scholar Athlete. The final three players (Sean Bickford, Josh Johnson and Norwegian exchange student Truls Krogh) saw minimal playing time. For his classroom work, Sean was an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and Academic All-District. Additionally, three sophomores (Brett Huff, Matt Kraley and Ryan Kenny) and a freshman (Jesse Cooke) saw periodic time on varsity. Matt had the foursomes only two hits of the season while Ryan and Jesse both picked up their first varsity wins on the mound. Jesse’s win made him the first freshman to win a game at the varsity level for NM since 2002.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 *Whitehall 1, NM 0  8 inn.; lost 8th straight opener; Sean Bickford 100th player to play for Coach Kent
0-2 *Whitehall 3, NM 2 NM only 2 singles; Ben Garcia single, run, RBI
0-3 Saugatuck 6, NM 3 NM only 5 singles; Garcia single, run, RBI
0-4 Saugatuck 7, NM 3 NM only 2 singles; Jimmy Cobb single, run
0-5 Coopersville 11, NM 1 Ties worst start in Coach Kent era; Erick Bleakley 2 doubles, run
1-5 NM 7, Coopersville 6 1,500th game in NM history; Alex Slocum 3 singles, RBI
2-5 *NM 10, Shelby 9 NM had 8-0 lead in 3rd inning; Dalton Fuller game-winning single in bottom of seventh 
2-6 *Shelby 4, NM 3 Shelby wins in walk-off fashion; Fuller 2 singles
2-7 *Oakridge 2, NM 1 Oakridge held to 4 hits; Fuller single, RBI
2-8 *Oakridge 8, NM 3 Norse outhit Eagles 6-5; defense has 6 errors; Bleakley HR, 2 singles, run, 2 RBI
3-8 NM 10, Muskegon 4 Nine players with hits; Fuller double, 3 runs, RBI
3-9 *Ravenna 7, NM 1 Both teams had five hits; NM struck out 14 times; Brighton Schofield double, RBI
3-10 *Ravenna 13, NM 2 Four NM pitchers walked 12 and allowed 8 hits; Fuller double, 2 RBI
4-10 NM 5, Alpena 4 Boyne City Invitational; Bleakley walk-off single, 2 singles, 2 runs, RBI 
5-10 NM 8, Kingsley 2 Boyne City Invite; Cobb single, double, run, 3 RBI; Coach Kent's 400th varsity game
5-11 Gaylord 17, NM 2 Boyne City Invitational Championship Game; Bleakley triple, 2 RBI
6-11 *NM 8, Hart 1 Jake Bean 2 singles, double, run; Norwegian Truls Kough strikes out final batter
7-11 *NM 9, Hart 2 Season-high 14 hits; Joe Osborn 3 singles, 2 runs, RBI
7-12 WM Christian 11, NM 6 NM pitchers walk 10; Bleakley double, HR, run, 4 RBI
8-12 NM 5, WM Christian 1 Schofield/Ryan Kenny combine on one-hitter; Bleakley triple, run, 2 RBI
9-12 NM 2, Ravenna 1 County; Bleakley complete-game win; Bean 2 singles
9-13 Musk. Catholic 10, NM 1 County; Schofield had team's only hit (infield single)
9-14 *Mason CC 4, NM 2 First in 8 times that NM had 1st-inning lead and lost; Bleakley single, HR, run, 2 RBI
9-15 *Mason CC 8, NM 1 Bleakley 2 singles, HR, run, RBI
9-16 Musk. Catholic 6, NM 3 8 innings; NM took 2-0 lead into 7th; Bleakley 2 singles, HR, run, 2 RBI
9-17 *Montague 3, NM 2 All three Montague runs unearned; Bleakley double, run
10-17 *NM 8, Montague 7 Bleakley & Garcia 3-for-4; Coach Kent's 100th conference win (100-81-1)
11-17 NM 5, Pentwater 1 Jesse Cooke 1st freshman to gain win since 2002; Garcia 2 singles, double, 2 RBI
12-17 NM 1, Zeeland West 0 Bleakley complete-game three-hitter; 1st error-free game of sesson; Bean single, RBI
13-17 NM 9, Zeeland West 5 Garcia 3 singles, 2 runs, RBI
14-17 NM 8, Kent City 6 Garcia 2 singles, run, RBI; Coach Kent's 250th varsity win (250-165-1)
15-17 NM 12, Kent City 2 Bleakley single, HR, run, 3 RBI
15-18 Holton 11, NM 6 5 errors; 11 walks; NM pitchers went to full count on 12 batters; Fuller 1B, 2B, 3 RBI
16-18 NM 4, Holton 1 Bleakley double, triple, 2 runs, RBI
16-19 Cedar Springs 1, NM 0 8 innings; The RedHawks run was unearned; Bleakley 12 K's; Bleakley double
17-19 NM 4, Cedar Springs 3 Tommy Gautraud scored on a walk-off wild pitch; 13th one-run game (7-6) 
17-20 Ravenna 6, NM 0 District; Cobb had only hit (single) 



2017 -- Warren Kent III (14-19 overall, 6-8 in West Michigan Conference; Oakridge Champs): For the third consecutive season, the Norse finished with a less-than-.500 record, but the season did not start out that way. Through the first 20 games, NM had a 12-8 record with a team batting average of .303 while averaging seven runs per game. At that point in the season, eight players had a better than .300 batting average. However, over the final 13 games, the team went 2-11 with a team batting average of .210 while scoring just 29 runs (2.2 runs per game). Only one player batted better than .293 over that span. The Norse did add a trophy to the school’s collection, taking second place at the Boyne City Invitational. NOTE: All three of NM’s opponents at the invitational (Rudyard, Boyne City and Alpena) won a district title as did three other opponents (Whitehall, Montague and Muskegon Catholic Central). The Norse recorded a school-record seven shutouts; unfortunately, that is the number of times NM was shut out. NM also played 14 games where the game was decided by three or fewer runs; NM went 7-7 in those contests. Finally, the Norsemen were outscored by their opponents by 37 runs (209-172) for the second straight year. And the 209 runs surrendered were second most in the Coach Kent era. The team was led by senior All-State outfielder Brighton Schofield, who paced the team in most offensive categories as well as most pitching categories. Offensively, Brighton, who was the team MVP, batted a team-high .451 (41-for-91). That average is the 15th best in the history of NM baseball. His 41 hits, also a team-high, are the 10th-most in school history. His team-leading 13 doubles put him in a tie for fifth on the all-time season list. Brighton also led the team with two triples, 20 RBI and 25 runs. Additionally, he tied for the team lead with 16 stolen bases. In the conference, Brighton, who was a First Team All-Conference outfielder, batted an even .500 (17-for-34) to lead all WMC outfielders. His eight WMC doubles also led conference outfielders. On the mound, Brighton paced the team with 74 strikeouts in 55 innings while posting a 2.80 ERA. He finished with a 4-5 record. Three other seniors (Jake Bean, Alex Slocum and Dalton Fuller) saw significant playing time. While Jake, a three-year starter at catcher, struggled to get untracked offensively, he did add his name to the NM record books when he hit two home runs in the 18-8 victory at Hesperia. This was the 19th time in Norse history that a player had hit at least two home runs in a game. Also, Jake had five sacrifices (tied for the team lead) this year, putting him at 11 for his career, which is tied for third on the all-time NM list. Jake’s strength was his defense where he committed just two errors (both in the loss to Muskegon Catholic Central) in 191 chances. For his work behind the plate, Jake was selected as the Gold Glove Award winner. Additionally, Jake became the first winner of the K2 Coach’s Award, which is dedicated to the memory of former assistant coach Warren Kent Jr., who passed away in February. Alex, the everyday center fielder and part-time pitcher, was an atypical lead-off hitter, drawing just two walks in 114 plate appearances. However, he did post the team’s third-best batting average (.312). His 109 at bats put him into a tie for fourth on the NM all-time season list. On the mound, Alex became the first pitcher to start and win both games of a doubleheader under coach Kent when he defeated Hart twice. He was the only pitcher to finish with a winning record (3-2). For his classroom work, Alex was Academic All-District. Dalton, who saw playing time in right field, first base and designated hitter, just missed the .300 mark, finishing with a .293 batting average. Dalton’s 10 career sacrifices put him in a tie for fifth on the all-time NM list. Freshman Brenden Moat, who joined the varsity at the midway point and became the first freshman to gain a varsity letter under coach Kent, was the team’s second-leading hitter (.325). Brenden made a big splash over his first 18 games, posting a .412 average; however, down the stretch, he hit a slump, batting .154 over the final eight games. In the conference, Brenden was named Honorable Mention as an outfielder while batting .480 (12-for-25). Junior Brett Huff, the back-up catcher, saw most of his playing time at the designated hitter position. He finished with a .281 average. Brett, who went from a .200 batting average prior to Boyne and batted at a .324 clip after Boyne, was selected as the team’s Most Improved Player. Additionally, Brett was honored with Academic All-District for his classroom work. Sophomores Jesse Cooke and Mack Young should man the middle infield spots for the next two years. Jesse, who played shortstop and pitched, was All-Conference as an infielder. In the WMC, Jesse batted .345 (10-for-29) with 10 RBI and nine runs. On the mound, Jesse, who sustained a hip flexor injury at the Boyne Invitational, had a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde type of season. Through his first 22 innings, Jesse struck out 31 and walked just one while over his final 30 innings, Jesse struck out 22 and walked 20. Overall, Jesse finished with 53 K’s in 52 innings while posting a 3-4 record. Mack was a mid-season call-up and was plugged into the second-base position. He just missed the .300 mark by one hit, posting a .298 batting average. Four juniors (Tommy Gautraud, Jimmy Cobb, Ryan Kenny and Matt Kraley) had varying degrees of success. Tommy, who played both second and third base while batting in the No. 2 spot, tied for the team lead with 16 stolen bases and tied for the team lead with five sacrifices. Jimmy, who played left field, shortstop and pitcher, was the only player to play all 33 games. He also led the team with 116 plate appearances, which can be attributed to his improved plate discipline as he cut his strikeouts down from 23 to 13 and increased his walks from seven to a team-high 20. Jimmy also led the team with four hit by pitches and tied for the team in sacrifices with five. On the mound, Jimmy experienced some arm trouble, limiting him to 15 innings. Ryan, a lefty, saw most of his playing time on the mound while also seeing some playing time in left field. On the mound, Ryan tossed 47 innings while striking out 34; however, he led the team with 31 walks. He did lead the team with two saves. Now, has three saves, which ties the school record held by Jimmy Cobb. Matt’s role was defensive first baseman, where he succeeded with a fielding percentage of .965 with four errors in 113 chances. The final four players (senior Sean Bickford, junior Mitchel Wolters, junior Jared DeMint and sophomore Brendan Gannon) saw minimal playing time. Both Sean and Mitchel were named Academic All-District for their classroom work.

Record Score Interesting Fact
0-1 *Whitehall 8, NM 0 Lost 9th straight opener; Vikings' Casey Huizenga no-hits the Norse
0-2 *Whitehall 5, NM 2 Jesse Cooke single, double
1-2 NM 13, Cedar Springs 4 School's 750th win; scored 11 runs in top of 7th; Brighton Schofield 2 doubles, 2 runs
2-2 *NM 3, Shelby 0 Schofield & Ryan Kenny combine on 2-hitter, 10 K's; Schofield single, double
2-3 *Shelby 14, NM 2 Tigers score 8 first-inning runs (6 unearned); Jimmy Cobb single, 2 doubles
3-3 NM 9, WM Christian 6 Norse hold onto 9-0 lead; Cobb 2 doubles, 3-run HR, 2 runs
3-4 WM Christian 6, NM 4 Defense commits 6 errors; Cobb 3 singles, 3 stolen bases
3-5 *Ravenna 7, NM 1 Schofield HR
4-5 *NM 9, Ravenna 4 Alex Slocum single, triple, 2 runs, 2 RBI
5-5 NM 18, Hesperia 8 Jake Bean 2 HR, 3 RBI (19th time in school history a player hit 2 or more HR) 
6-5 NM 6, Rudyard 5 Boyne City Invitational; Schofield career-high 13 K's; Slocum 2 singles, 3 RBI
6-6 Boyne City 5, NM 3 Boyne City Invitational; Dalton Fuller/Cooke 2 singles
6-7 Alpena 14, NM 4 Boyne City Invitational Championship; Schofield single, triple, 2 runs
7-7 *NM 19, Hart 6 12-run third inning; Brett Huff 2 singles, double
8-7 *NM 9, Hart 0 Slocum starts and wins both ends of DH; Fuller double, 4 RBI
9-7 NM 7, Orchard View 3 Cardinals had 3-0 lead in first inning; Schofield single, double, 2 runs, 2 RBI
9-8 Ravenna 10, NM 4 County; Tommy Gautraud/Fuller 2 singles
10-8 NM 13, Muskegon 1 6 runs in 1st inning; Huff 3-run double, 2 runs 
11-8 *NM 8, Mason CC 5 Cooke HR, 3 runs
12-8 *NM 10, Mason CC 8 NM had 23 hits in the DH; Schofield 2 singles, double, 2 runs
12-9 Muskegon CC 11, NM 5 NM scored 4 on top of 1st; Schofield 2 singles, 2 runs, 2 RBI
12-10 Reeths-Puffer 3, NM 2 R-P scored go-ahead run in 6th on 1st-and-3rd steal: Mack Young/Bean RBI single
12-11 Reeths-Puffer 13, NM 1 Schofield 2 singles
12-12 *Montague 3, NM 0 7 runners LOB; Schofield single, double
12-13 *Montague 9, NM 7 Wildcats broke 7-7 tie with 2 runs in top of 7th; Slocum single, double, 2 runs
12-14 Holton 11, NM 0 Pitchers walked 8 and hit 3 batters; Bean/Sean Bickford double
13-14 NM 9, Kent City 8 11 innings; broke 10-game losing streak in extra-inning games; Schofield 3 singles
13-15 *Oakridge 3, NM 2 Both runs scored in bottom of the 7th; Four players with a single
13-16 *Oakridge 12, NM 0 Brenden Moat 2 singles
13-17 Zeeland West 4, NM 0 Slocum 2 singles
13-18 Zeeland West 13, NM 0 Schofield double
14-18 NM 3, WM Christian 2 Districts; all 3 runs scored in 1st; Schofield had no-hitter through 6; Fuller single, RBI
14-19 Montague 2, NM 0 District Finals; Norse shut out for 7th time (school record); Fuller 2 singles



2018 -- Warren Kent III (10-15 overall, 7-7 in West Michigan Conference; Oakridge Champs): For the fourth consecutive season, the Norse finished with a less-than-.500 record. The 25 games were the fewest the Norse program has played in a season since 2004, coach Kent’s first year with NM. The Norse had 11 games canceled because of the weather, forcing NM to play a lot of games at the end of the season in a short span of time. The two halves of the season are in sharp contrast.
  • In the first 12 regular-season games (April 12-May 8 – 27 days)
    7-5 record
    Pitchers struck out 83 and walked 34 while posting a 2.39 ERA
    Batters were 99-for-317 (.312) while striking out 60 times and walking 55 times 
  • In the final 13 games (May 14-June 2 – 11 games in nine days at one point)
    3-10 record
    Pitchers struck out 59 and walked 59 while posting 4.85 ERA
    Batters were 80-for-342 (.234) while striking out 77 times and walking 39 times 

The team was led by senior MVP Jimmy Cobb, who paced the team in most offensive categories. Jimmy, who played shortstop and center field mostly, batted a team-high .493 (36-for-73). That average is the ninth best in the history of NM baseball. His team-leading 20 stolen bases placed him at No. 10 on the all-time season list while his 36 career stolen bases moved him to No. 4 on the NM career list. He also led the team with 36 hits, nine doubles, two triples, one home run and 24 RBI. Jimmy also tied for the team lead with 22 runs. Jimmy also put together a 12-game hit streak early in the season, and that streak is the eighth best in school history. In the conference, Jimmy, who was a First Team All-Conference outfielder, batted .571 (24-for-42) to lead all WMC outfielders. Jimmy was also an All-District selection. Jimmy’s classroom work made him an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and an Academic All-District performer. While his fielding percentage may not have been the best on the team, Jimmy’s defense, mainly in centerfield, made him the easy selection for the 2018 Gold Glove Award winner. The five other seniors (Tommy Gautraud, Brett Huff, Matt Kraley, Ryan Kenny & Jared DeMint) saw significant playing time. Tommy, Brett and Matt joined Jimmy Cobb as seniors who played all 25 games. Tommy, who batted in the lead-off position, led the team with 76 at bats and tied for the team lead with 22 runs. Tommy was also recognized as an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and an Academic All-District performer. Brett, the team’s No. 1 catcher, was an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and an Academic All-District performer. Matt manned the first-base position and led the team with five hit by pitches. Additionally, Matt, who raised his batting average almost .200 points from 2017, was the most proficient No. 2 hitter for the Norse. For his improvement, Matt is selected as the 2018 Most Improved Player Award. Ryan was the team’s No. 2 pitcher, finishing 1-4 with 38 strikeouts in 40 ? innings and a 3.82 ERA. Jared played third base. For their senior leadership, Brett and Ryan also shared the K2 Coach’s Award, which honors former assistant coach Warren Kent Jr., who passed away in February of 2017. In addition to the award, both receive a $100 scholarship. Four juniors (Jesse Cooke, Brendan Gannon, Mack Young and Billy Lowe) saw varying degrees of success. Jesse, who played all 25 games, was the team’s No. 1 pitcher when he wasn’t playing shortstop. On the mound, he posted a 4-5 record while striking out 46 in 43 ? innings. He finished with a 2.26 ERA. Jesse was also an All-Conference selection at the at-large position. In the conference, Jesse was 3-3 on the mound with a 1.06 ERA; at the plate, he batted .326 (14-for-43). For his classroom work, Jesse was an All-Conference Scholar Athlete and an Academic All-District performer. Brendan, an outfielder, was the best bunter on the team, and Mack, the every-day second baseman, was solid defensively with a .906 fielding percentage. Billy, who played a little outfield, made his impact on the mound where he went 2-0 in 17 ? innings. Sophomore Brenden Moat saw action at all three outfield spots as well as on the mound, where his 2-5 record is misleading as he posted a 1.81 ERA while striking out 26 in 31 innings. Brenden was also an All-Conference Scholar Athlete. Sophomore Logan Richards and freshman Charlie Branch made it to varsity midway through the season. Logan posted a .306 batting average (11-for-36) while playing third base. Charlie, who batted .512 (22-for-43) missed qualifying for the batting title by two plate appearances. He also became just the second freshman under coach Kent to pick up a win on the mound when he gained the victory in relief over WMC. Additionally, he put his name in the record books with a 5-for-5 performance in the 13-11 win over Shelby. Those five hits tied a school record for hits in a game. Finally, sophomores Brett Galdeen, John Hayhurst and Avery Ramirez all had their first varsity hits as did freshman Alec Cutter.

Record Score Interesting Fact
1-0 *NM 5, Whitehall 1 Win breaks a 9-game losing streak in season openers; second game suspended
1-1 *Ravenna 4, NM 0 Only 4 hits; struck out 12 times; Jimmy Cobb two singles
1-2 *Ravenna 11, NM 6 NM commits 8 errors; Cobb double
1-3 Boyne City 10, NM 5 Ramblers scored 7 runs in top of 7th inning; 5 of those runs scored with 2 outs
1-4 Boyne City 20, NM 3 20th losing game in school history allowing opponent to score 20 runs
2-4 *NM 12, Hart 0 Freshman Charlie Branch makes varsity debut with 4 K's in two relief innings
3-4 *NM 17, Hart 1 NM has outscored Hart 339-41 in winning 24-of-25 games
4-4 NM 9, Montague 7   County; 9-0 lead after 3 ininngs; Jesse Cooke 9 K's in 5 2/3 innings
4-5 Muskegon CC 10, NM 4 County; only 2 of 10 MCC runs earned; MCC has won series' past 11 games
5-5 *NM 13, Mason CC 7 8 innings; MCC led 7-1 after 3 innings; Cobb's bases-clearing double in 8th
6-5 *NM 12, Mason CC 1 Brenden Moat wins both games of DH; Cobb bases-clearing double in 2nd
7-5 NM 3, WM Christian 2 Marsh Field; Branch becomes 2nd freshmen to win game in coach Kent era
7-6 WM Christian 5, NM 3 Marsh Field; NM only 3 hits; doubles by Branch & Cooke
7-7 *Montague 13, NM 2 Beginning of 9 games in 11 days; Only 4 hits; committed 7 errors; Cobb 2 singles
7-8 *Montague 5, NM 2 Only 5 hits; Cobb double
8-8 NM 10, Cedar Springs 9 Scored 4 runs in bottom of seventh; Billy Lowe first varsity win
8-9 Zeeland West 7, NM 4 Hope College; left 10 runners on base; both teams 5 hits; Cobb 2 singles, double
8-10 Zeeland West 12, NM 1 Hope College; outhit 16-4
8-11 *Oakridge 8, NM 1 Cooke only allowed 1 hit through 5 innings; only 6 hits; Cobb 3 hits with a triple
8-12 *Oakridge 7, NM 6 Eagles scored twice in bottom of 7th; winning run scored on squeeze bunt
8-13 *Shelby 4, NM 3 Tigers scored wining run in top o 7th on throwing error
9-13 *NM 13, Shelby 11 Branch 5 hits (3 singles; 2 doubles) to tie school record
10-13 *NM 3, Whitehall 2 9 innings; continuation of 2nd game of season; Cooke wins both halves of DH
10-14 Whitehall 6, NM 0 Moat double
10-15 Montague 5, NM 1 Districts; Montague scored 4 runs in 4th ininng with 2 outs; Branch 2 hits