Times Sports Editor
There's never really a good time for an error, but for Northview on Wednesday night, each one proved devastating in a 6-1 loss to Mooresville.
"We each made three (errors), but ours just came at bad points," said coach Gary Witham. "I thought our pitching was okay, we only walked three after walking eight (on Tuesday). I don't know what it's going to take. We outhit them and still almost got shutout."
Much of that had to do with the Pioneers' left hander Shawn Kinnett, who was able to spread around eight hits and work around his own team's three errors, allowing only a single seventh inning run.
Kinnett did pick off two Northview runners on first base and nearly had a third, but a dropped ball allowed Matt Nodley to reach second base.
Offensively, the Knights left five runners on base, including two in the fifth inning when Drake Stevenson and Caleb Mershon reached via singles with one out. However, Kinnett got Ryne Barr on strikes and Nodley on a line out to end the threat.
"We got some hits, but just couldn't string them together," said Witham.
The Pioneers went down in order in the first inning, but got on the board thanks to a hit batter, two walks and an error. Andrew Gibson then drilled a double two score a pair of unearned runs.
They added a single run in the third when two singles put runners on first and third. Northview should have had the first out when Keaton Robertson faked a throw to second on a steal attempt, but threw to pitcher Craig Bell as Mooresville's Brayton Caudill broke for the plate. They had him picked off, but no one covered third and Caudill returned safely.
Riley Howden followed with an RBI flyout for Mooresville's fourth run of the game.
In the fourth inning, Mooresville added its final runs powered by two walks, a passed ball and a two-run double by Spencer Roloff that Nick Lancaster missed on a diving attempt in centerfield. The third run scored on an errant pick off throw to third base.
The Pioneers' No. 8 and No. 9 hitters were key in the run production, reaching base 4-of-6 times to bat, twice on walks and once on a hit-by-pitch.
"We can't get the bottom guys out and then the top ones drive them in," said Witham. "It's been a problem of ours all year."
Northview's lone scoring came in the final frame when Stevenson ripped a double to rightfield, moved to third on a wildpitch and came home on a single by Barr.
The loss drops the Knights to 4-8 overall with a game scheduled for Friday at Martinsville.
2B -- Nv (Stevenson, Crooks), Mv (Sp.Roloff). SB -- Mv (Sh.Roloff).