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Bay College baseball team gets shutout before getting shut down

FORT PIERCE, Fla. — The Bay College baseball team got another stellar pitching performance from sophomore Tanner Halvorson to end its spring trip to Florida on a high note, defeating the University of Northwestern (Minnesota) 3-0 on Friday.

The Escanaba-based Norse completed a 12-game, seven-day swing through the Sunshine State.

Also on Friday, Bay’s athletic website, www.baynorse.com, released a statement from the National Junior College Athletic Association saying that all competitions beginning today through April 3 have been suspended.

Halvorson was perfect through 6 2/3 innings before a flair hit to left field fell in for a hit. After hitting the next batter, he settled in and struck out the final batter of the inning, stranding runners on first and second.

He would allow just one more batter to reach base, coming in the eighth, and was efficient as he needed just 108 pitches for the complete-game, nine- inning outing.

Halvorson struck out 16 and walked none in his two-hitter.

“Tanner was dominant again,” Bay head coach Mike Pankow said. “(This was) two starts in a row where he was on his game and really kept the opposing team off-balance. Once again, he threw predominantly fastballs and was able to locate well. It was a fun performance to watch.”

The Norse got on the board in the first inning. After Gladstone freshman Carson Shea led off with a single, he came around to score on a hit by Jared Crow, also a Gladstone freshman.

North Central sophomore Ben Snyder put runners on first and second, but Northwestern starter Noah Couwenhoven struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.

Bay scored twice more in the third. Back-to-back doubles by Shea and Gladstone sophomore Lucas Weinert plated one run, while Crow singled for another.

Shea finished 2 for 3 with two runs scored, while Crow was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs.

The win was the second on the season for Halvorson, who threw a complete game no-hitter on Sunday.

The Norse enter this “quiet” period with a 4-8 record.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.