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Knights hammer way past Grizzly Cubs

Friday, June 20, 2003

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After starting off the summer baseball season by struggling at the plate, the Northview Knights seem to be coming around heading into tournament time.

Northview had been shut out in two of their past four games and had lost all six contests during the summer, but got things going versus the Franklin Grizzly Cubs, winning 11-1 in five innings.

T.J. King got Northview going in the first inning by ripping a double to the left center wall to leadoff. After a Shane Cooper groundout, Andrew Griffin drove King home with an RBI single.

Griffin would move to second on an errant pickoff throw and moved to third on a groundout before catcher Craig Trout drove Griffin home to make the score 2-0.

Franklin would scratch out a run off Northview pitcher Troy Sanders but more than made up for it with a five run second inning that chased the Grizzly Cubs starting hurler.

Kyle Nees opened the frame by singling and moving to second on a throwing miscue. Ryan Nees would take the open first base spot with a walk bringing Wade Thacker to the plate.

Thacker would execute a perfect bunt down the third base line, avoiding the Grizzly Cubs charging second baseman and loading the bases for King once more.

King would come through once more, this time with an RBI single to plate Kyle Nees. Ryan Nees would soon follow by scoring on a wildpitch before Cooper walked.

Another bout of wildness hit Franklin's starter as another wildpitch brought home Thacker with Northview's fifth run of the game and bringing a change of pitchers.

Franklin's Robby Cochran was poised to get out of the inning with no further damage after getting Griffin to popout, but Brady Shoemaker smacked a single that scored Cooper and King to put the Knights in front 7-1 after two innings.

Sanders would continue to hold the Grizzly Cubs in check the rest of the game, limiting them to just three hits, all by leadoff hitter Tom Hamblen.

Northview would add another run on an RBI groundout by Griffin in the fourth inning before finishing off Franklin in the fifth inning.

Brian Walden lead off with a single and stole second before Kyle Nees walked and Ryan Nees walked as well. King would then end the game by slicing a liner past the Grizzly Cubs' rightfielder for a triple that cleared the bases and ended the game via the 10-run rule.

The Knights will travel to Plainfield on Tuesday evening for a doubleheader at 5 p.m. and will play host to the West Central Indiana All-Star Series on Thursday evening beginning at 5 p.m.

Northview 11, Franklin 1

At Northview

Franklin01000-- 133
Northview25013-- 1191

2B -- Northview (King). 3B -- (King)

WP -- Sanders

LP -- Alexander



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