First Posted: 8/4/2009
Corey Normans game two win had drifted to the back of his mind by the time his Kernersville Bulldogs won the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League title Sunday at the Hickory Crawdads L.P. Frans Stadium Sunday. Once the all-tournament team was announced, Norman was reminded just how good not to mention important his victory was.
When they announced that I had no idea (he made the all-tournament team), Norman said. I was stumped when they called my name out. I didnt think I deserved it as much as these other guys.
Jump-started by Norman, the Bulldogs (45-8, 35-5 CVCL) ripped off four straight wins after opening the tournament with a loss and took the title. In the second game, Norman, a Forbush grad who threw for Surry Community College the past two years, scattered five hits over seven innings during a victory over Central Virginia.
It was the most innings I pitched all year for Kernersville, Norman said. This time (coach Dave Ijames) actually let me stretch it out a little bit. I did a good job mixing up my pitches.
However, Norman added that a win would not have been possible without the stellar play of his teammates.
Playing for that team with the defense behind me, I never had more confidence, the righty said. I had at least four awesome plays behind me to get out of jams.
Playing a series of must-win games was no big deal, Norman said. After all, the Bulldogs, composed of some of the best college-level talent in Northwestern North Carolina, were the top team in the CVCL all season long and held wins over every team in the tournament.
Well, basically all you can do is roll the ball out there and play, Norman said. You cant think about winning or losing. With all the talent on that team, we could beat the other teams.
In the first game, Jordan Jessup, also a Surry product, kept the Bulldogs ahead early, but Catawba Valley scored seven ninth-inning runs once Jessup had left the game to prevail, 14-11. That loss was avenged in the final of the losers bracket with a 15-9 victory. The Bulldogs then coasted to a victory over the Carolina Hurricanes for the championship.
After his eligibility at Surry expired, Norman signed on with Catawba College, where he received partial scholarships in both athletics and academics. While hes ready to begin at Catawba, Norman couldnt help but think about next summer.
Ive played on a lot of good teams with a lot of talent, he said. When I first started playing with this team, I noticed something a lot different. The knowledge of the game was a lot higher. The want to go out and play was a lot higher. Everybody played the game the right way and thats what Ill remember. Id love to play with them again.
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