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Knights win pitching duel with Mooresville, 1-0

Friday, May 14, 2004

Northview baseball head coach Gary Witham (left) accepts a plaque commemorating his 500th career coaching win along with the game ball from former assistant coach and current Boys Athletic Director, Charlie Jackson.

Sophomore hurler Nick Wells threw a complete game shutout and junior T.J. King picked up an RBI groundout in the fifth inning that stood up in a 1-0 win over Mooresville on Wednesday night.

Northview's Wells allowed just four hits by the Pioneers who had beaten the Knights twice during Summer league play.

"This was a really well played game tonight," commented head coach Gary Witham who was recognized for his 500th career win in a pregame ceremony.

"(Mooresville) is a good hitting team. They knocked us out of our own tournament this Summer in fact," said Witham. "Their pitcher threw a good game too. We hit the ball well and if you can hold us to five hits you've done a good job."

Both pitchers put up zeroes through the first four innings with the Knights loading the bases in the fourth inning, but unable to score.

In the fifth inning however, Jason Johnson led off with a single and Chase Yocom came in to pinch run. Codey Jones reached base on a walk and Shane Cooper also walked to load the bases for the Knights with no outs.

King then grounded out to bring home Yocom from third base and give Northview the only run Wells would need.

However, Mooresville pitcher John Fields was able to get himself out of the inning with a strikeout and groundout to limit the damage to just a single run.

That lone run would be enough for Wells who hit a batter to leadoff the sixth inning.

Joe White would move to second on a passed ball before Wells struckout Jacob Tri.

A brief rain shower called a halt to the game for about 10 minutes before Wells returned to strikeout Zach Stahley.

White would steal third base and Wells would walk Austin Smith, but Smith would attempt a steal, but was caught in a rundown and tagged out to end the threat.

Wells would set the Pioneers down in order in the seventh inning to complete the victory.

"I've got a lot of confidence in Nick (Wells)," said Witham afterwards. "We've got four pitchers we can put in there any time, it's a nice luxury to have."

The Knights will travel to Danville for an 11 a.m. Saturday contest.

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Fields, Smith (6) and White. Wells and Trout.

WP -- Wells. LP -- Fields.

2B -- Gilmer, Miller.

'C' Team Baseball

Northview lost their season finale in 'C' team baseball, dropping a 5-1 decision.

The Knights got doubles from Matt Deakins, Jordan Pond and Jordan Myers. J.J. Smerdel and Jared Lumsdom each had singles and Brian Walden struckout 12 batters in the loss.

Northview finishes their season at 9-6 overall.

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