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Knights play long ball to clip South Putnam on the road

Monday, April 12, 2004

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Northview junior Ryan Nees homered three times in a doubleheader sweep of South Putnam on Saturday.afternoon.

GREENCASTLE -- The Northview Knights accomplished more than just winning two high school baseball games on Saturday at South Putnam High School.

While extending their winning streak to four games with 13-1 and 10-6 wins over South Putnam's Eagles, Northview added valuable depth to its pitching staff.

After Michael Stuckey (2-0) held South Putnam to one run and three hits in the five-inning, 10-run rule first game, Northview Coach Gary Witham sent Graig Bass, Eric Beasley and Shawn Hughes to the mound to win game two. It was a varsity debut for Bass, who got the victory, and Beasley.

In four innings, Bass gave up five hits, struck out five and walked one and in 2 1/3 innings, Beasley allowed three runs, six hits and walked one. Hughes, who earned the save, got the final two outs, on a foul ball and infield ground ball.

"I thought [Bass and Beasley] pitched pretty well, overall. I think Bass struggled with his curve early on, but he got it down later in the game. I think Beasley did a good job. [South Putnam] is a tough place to pitch with that short fence," Witham said.

With a fence under 300-feet away from homeplate, Stuckey's performance in game one was even more impressive. While the Knights jumped South Putnam's pitchers for five home runs and seven extra-base hits, the Northview lefthander allowed the Eagles just one solo homer in the third inning.

"He's a pitcher, there isn't any doubt about it," Witham said of Stuckey. "He's not going to blow the ball by too many people, but he's got three good pitches he can throw for strikes and when his control is on, he's going to be tough to hit."

South Putnam was also developing depth. Coach Matt Griswold held the Eagles' top three pitchers back for conference games on Monday and Tuesday. Northview banged out 18 hits in the 12 innings of play.

"I thought all along our strength would be our hitting and it has been. But today we really hit the ball well and, in all fairness, a lot of those [home runs] would have been out [of the ball park] at our place too," Witham said.

In game one, T.J. King drove in five runs and scored two while going 2-for-2 at the plate with two home runs. Craig Trout was 2-for-3 at the plate with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Ryan Nees and Jason Johnson also hit homers for the Knights in the 10-run-rule victory.

In game two, Nees went 2-4 with two home runs, two runs scored and two RBI. Trout was 2-3 with three RBI. Brady Shoemaker and Hughes each hit a homer.

Northview (4-1) travels to Plainfield on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. non-conference game.

Northview41080--13-9-3
South Putnam00100--1-3-1

Stuckey and Trout; McKinney, McDole (4) and Bennett. W -- Stuckey

(2-0). L -- McKinney. LOB -- Nv 2, SP 4. HR -- King 2, Nees, Trout, Jason Johnson, Williams. 2B -- Bass, Hughes.

Northview3501001--10-9-3
South Putnam0300021--6-10-1

Bass, Beasley (5), Hughes (7) and Trout; Roberts, Bennett (4) and

McKinney. W -- Bass. L -- Roberts. Sv -- Hughes. LOB -- Nv 4, SP 7. HR -- Nees 2, Shoemaker, Hughes, Chestnut 2, McKinney.

Next game: Northview (4-1, 2-0 in WIC) travels to Plainfield on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. game. South Punam (3-2, 2-0 in WCC) travels to Cascade on Monday for a 4:30 p.m. game.



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