The slow starting Sharks finished the Elite series season swimmingly.
Three pitchers combined to one hit the Heat.
As usual, Göteborg Hajarna was slow out from the start in the first game of the double header with Sundbyberg Heat on Saturday. Behind starter Hiba Nabi they didn’t do much of anything.
The only highlight was when Joel Earnest, 67, was sent in to pinch run for the 17 year old Trolle Brandt. Earnest, whom probably spent a million years in the minors, came around to score making Coleman Lukas look like the manager of the year.
“This Elite series thing ain’t so hard”, Earnest said.
Hajarna lost game one 16-2.
Game two was a whole different affair. Jason Norderum started game two for the Sharks – The Heat probably wished he hadn’t.
With pinpoint command and his curve ball working excellent, the only worry the Sharks defense had was if they would stay awake on the defensive side. Norderum allowed one hit (which this reporter probably would have called an error) while striking out 15 and walking two in six innings of work.
“As a pitcher, it is my job to see if a hitter is timid, scared or unprepared. If I found out that information it’s also my job to remind him of everything as he steps in to the box”, Norderum said.
“Oh, and I love you mom! That win was for you”, a delirious Norderum added.
In relief came the slightly older Joel Earnest for his first Elitserien appearance on the mound. He promptly gave up three walks to load the bases and left it for his son two figure it out.
And figure it out he did, but maybe not in the way you would expect it.
After striking out the first batter, the second Heat batter lined out to big daddy Joel Earnest in left field who fired a throw to third for the classic 7-5 double play.
“Hey, I gotta help the kid out”, Joel Earnest said.