By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
Several former Northview Knights wrapped up strong seasons on the collegiate baseball diamond recently.
Former Northview standout T.J. Decker wrapped up an outstanding senior season with the Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles. USI won the NCAA Division II Midwest Regional to reach the NCAA Division II Championship Series during a 38-21 season.
The Screaming Eagles bowed out of the tournament after playing three tight contests, losing 2-1 to Cal Poly Pomona before capturing a 1-0 win over Angelo State University. The team lost a 4-2 decision to fourth-ranked Lander University in the tourney held in Cary, N.C.
The former Olney Central Blue Knight was named the Most Outstanding Player in the NCAA II Midwest Regional after saving all four of the USI victories on the way to the national tournament. He was named to the second-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference East Division Team and recorded a team-high 10 saves for the Screaming Eagles. He finishes his USI career fifth all-time in saves after just two years. Decker also posted a 2-1 record with a 2.77 earned run average in 28 games and 39 innings of work.
During the 2015 season as a junior at USI, Decker appeared in 11 games out of the bullpen and had a 1.74 ERA in 20 2/3 innings of work.
While at Olney Central, Decker was 1-2 with a 3.41 ERA in seven games and seven starts in 2014.
The Oakland City Mighty Oaks had a highly successful season bolstered by a couple of former Northview players as junior Craig Peters and freshman Joe Ball competed on a team that reached the National Christian College Athletic Association Tourney in Mason, Ohio at the end of May.
Oakland City was one of 10 teams to receive a berth in the tourney and the group was broken up for pool play to start the tourney.
The fifth-seeded Mighty Oaks won its opening contest 2-1 over Judson before a 9-2 loss to eventual national champion Oklahoma Baptist. Oakland City followed that the next day with a 5-3 victory against Toccoa Falls before winning 6-5 against Hiwassee to wrap up pool play. Bethesda won an 8-0 semifinal decision to knock Oakland City out of the tourney.
Through stats available through April 27, Peters hit a team-high .315 with 15 RBI, eight doubles and scored 26 times. Ball made 10 appearances on the mound for the Mighty Oaks with a 2.55 earned run average over 42 innings of work where he struck out 23 and had one shutout.
Rose-Hulman senior Zach Hull wrapped up his senior year with the Engineers competing in the NCAA Regional at the Division III level.
The Engineers lost a 5-3 decision to 14th-ranked Wisconsin-Whitewater to cap a 32-13 record this year. Rose-Hulman won three straight in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time in school history, topping Wartburg 7-2, Washington University 6-5 and Wisconsin-Whitewater 8-0 to reach the Championship Round.
Hull wrapped up his senior season by hitting .303 overall with 13 RBI in 34 games.