For The Brazil Times
Which number means more to a high school baseball team? 11 runs, 11 hits, 10 errors.
If you picked 10 errors, then you know how the Northview Knights dropped two games Saturday in the Northview Invitational Baseball Tournament.
Bloomington South's Panthers (7-3), the tourney champion for the second year in a row, hammered Northview 19-8 on the 10-run rule in the opening game of the tournament. Bloomington South handed Belmont its first loss of the season, 2-0, in the title game. Belmont topped Class 4A-No. 9 ranked Avon 6-4 in game two.
Avon (9-3) bounced back to beat the Knights 10-3 in the consolation game.
"All three of those teams we've got here in this tournament are pretty tough teams. But we got to play better. We can't expect them to play down to our level, we got to play up to theirs," Northview coach Gary Witham said.
Northview, now 4-6 going into Tuesday's 6 p.m. WIC game at Brown County, committed five errors in each game. The Knights managed only four hits against Bloomington South.
"I'm just disappointed we didn't play better than we did," said Witham. "I didn't think our pitching was very sharp. Our defense was awful and our hitting wasn't very timely. If you don't do at least two of those three right you're probably going to get beat. We just got pounded today,"? Witham said.
Bloomington South scored five runs on two hits with the help of two Northview errors in the first inning. But the Panthers returned the favor in the bottom of the first, as the Knights scored eight runs on one hit, a Curtis Peters double, seven walks and a hit batter.
However, that was the last of the Knights' offense. The Panthers plated five runs in the second and broke open the game with a seven-run, eight-hit fourth inning.
"The first game, you score eight runs you figure you can win. You don't figure you get 10-runned (rule)," Witham said.
Crooks accounted for half of the Knights' hitting with two singles
"I told the Knights between games, Our pitching didn't do a very good job, but our pitching can't do it all," said Witham. "Our defense puts our pitcher in a bind, then our pitcher walks or hits a couple of guys and puts our defense in a bind. They're undercutting each other," Witham said.
That didn't change in the consolation game. Northview committed five fielding errors and pitching gave up seven walks to go with Avon's eight hits.
The Orioles were up 6-0 before Nick Lancaster put the Knights on the scoreboard with a solo home run. Keaton Robert- son followed with a one-out double and scored on a Matt Nodley single to left field.
LOB - BS 5, N 6. HR - Yohn. 3B - Blackwell. 2B - Bailey, Rovenstine, Shipley, Dugan, Peters, Stevenson. SB - Coffey (2). CS - Coffey, Gross, Riggins, Robertson.
WP - Bell (2) PB - None. HBP - by Lawson (Dugan), by Bailey(Stevenson), by Lawson (Lawson).
LOB - A 11, N 7. HR - Lancaster, Nodley. 2B - Holt, Duran, Joe Wade (2), Robertson. SH - Smith (2), Joe Wade. SB - None. CS - None.
|Jon Wade (W)||4.0||6||3||3||0||3|
WP - Barr. PB - None. HBP - by Lancaster (Sanburn).
Next game: Northview (4-6) travels to Brown County on Tuesday.