Nemitz sails Canby past Vikings
Jesus Macias (left) made the out at second and went for a double play against Canby with Cole Brusven out at second as second baseman Beau Buysse watched (right).
By Byron Higgin, Mascot Publisher
USS Nimitz is a supercarrier in the United States Navy, the lead ship of its class. She is one of the largest warships in the world.
Needless to say, she’s capable of doing a lot of damage.
Likewise, Canby has it’s own warship with nearly the same name. And the sturdy left-handed Chris Nemitz did his own damage as he led the Lancers to an 11-1 win over Minneota Monday.
It was the opener for both teams and Nemitz battled his way through four innings of pitching by allowing just three hits. He got the win and collected a double and single with a run batted in and two runs scored.
From the time Canby’s Trever Citrowske stroked a one-out home run off Viking starter Matt Musser, to the time they pounded out their final four runs in the sixth, they were in control.
Canby posted three runs in the first inning, then Musser settled down for three innings as the Vikings hitters tried to figure out Nemitz.
They finally got to Nemitz in the fourth with back-to-back singles by Justin Fox and Will Kurka and a long sacrifice fly by Alex Christensen plated the first run to narrow the Canby lead to 3-1 after four innings.
Canby came right back with four runs in the fifth, ended Musser’s time on the mound and took control of the game, 7-1.
Shane Hennen relieved Musser and put a band aid on the problem, but the damage was done and Minneota was in a deep hole.
Citrowske took over on the mound for Canby and displayed the same kind of control over the Vikings — allowing just one hit and a hit batter his two innings on the mound.
Canby kept the bats rolling against Hennen before reliever Adam Josephson finally got them out.
Nemitz’s double and a single by Riley Schubert did most of the damage in the sixth.
Canby collected 10 hits, the Vikings just four and Minneota committed four errors.
And the Canby warship Nemitz won this battle.