State finals: Live blog from Victory Field

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Jasper's Mark Giesler hugged pitcher Nick Gobert as the Wildcats' state championship hopes came to end Friday night. The Wildcats lost, 2-1.

From Herald Staff Reports

INDIANAPOLIS — Norwell's Jonah Patten snapped a tie in the bottom of the fifth inning to help lift Norwell past Jasper in the Class 3A state finals at Victory Field in Indianapolis. Patten also singled to tie the game in the third inning. Both RBI hits came with two outs and both scored Josh VanMeter, who walked to lead off both innings.

Jasper scored its run in the second inning when Austin Alles singled, moved to second when Norwell misplayed Scott Stallwood's bunt and scored on Cal Krueger's RBI groundout. Spencer Otto and Devon Traylor delivered Jasper's other hits as VanMeter limited the Cats to three singles and worked around three walks while striking out eight.

Jasper's Nick Gobert tossed the first five innings and absorbed the loss — his first of the season and just the second of his four-year career. He walked two, allowed six hits and struck out four.
Mark Giesler fired a scoreless sixth.

After the game, Gobert won the L.V. Phillips Mental Attitude Award.

Earlier updates:

Final: Norwell 2, Jasper 1. Devon Traylor singles with two outs in the seventh, but Ben Moore lines out to second base to end the game. Jasper concludes its season with a 32-4 record and the program's 14th state finals appearance.

End 6th: Norwell 2, Jasper 1. Stallwood cuts down a runner trying to steal second base and Gielser retires the next two hitters. We go to the seventh with the Wildcats down to their final three outs and in need of a run to extend their season.

Mid 6th: Norwell 2, Jasper 1. Jasper goes in order and is down to its final three outs. To start the bottom of the sixth, the Cats make a pitching change, bringing Mark Giesler to the mound.

End 5th: Norwell 2, Jasper 1. Norwell's VanMeter draws another leadoff walk and scores on Patten's two-out double to the right-center field gap. Japer cuts down Patten attempting to stretch the hit into a triple.

Mid 5th: Jasper 1, Norwell 1. Jasper's Ben Moore walks and moves to third base but the Cats can't knock him in.

End 4th: Jasper 1, Norwell 1. Jasper and Norwell both move a runner into scoring position in the fourth inning but fail to score.

End 3rd: Jasper 1, Norwell 1. Norwell's Josh VanMeter draws a leadoff walk and scores on a two-out RBI single by Jonah Patten. Patten's single drops in front of a dive by Jasper center fielder Devon Traylor.

End 2nd: Jasper 1, Norwell 0. Norwell rips back-to-back singles to lead off the second inning, but Nick Gobert fans the final two batters of the inning to strand runners at second and third.

Mid 2nd: Jasper 1, Norwell 0. Jasper's Austin Alles singles and, after Norwell misplays Scott Stallwood's, scores on Cal Krueger's RBI groundout.

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