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South Braves edge past Northview to baseball finals

Thursday, May 29, 2008

By CAREY FOX

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Northview's Zac Niehaus (right)?beats out an infield single earlier in Wednesday's sectional game against Terre Haute South.
Times Sports Editor

The Terre Haute South Braves will return to the sectional championship game to defend their title from last year, holding off a determined Northview squad, 5-3 on Wednesday night.

Despite falling behind 4-0, the Knights continued to scrap and claw their way back into the game, getting within one run at 4-3 and had the winning run at the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning. However, Braves' sophomore Tyler Goldman came in to relieve after an outstanding starting effort from freshman Anthony Reed and got the final two outs for the save.

"I was really pleased with our effort," said coach Gary Witham. "The kids played hard, it was kind of the same story as the rest of the year, we just couldn't get the hit to get over the hump."

The Braves came out of the gates, scoring a run in the first inning on a single by Koby Kramer, a stolen base and a throwing error that moved him to third base. After Justin Ferrell was hit by the Knights' Brock Lawson, nicely turned double play on a grounder by Zach Odum scored Kramer.

The lead was extended in the third inning on a walk, a bunt single and an RBI single by Odum. Evan Luken smacked a two-run double to the rightfield fence to push the lead to 4-0.

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Northview players stay loose before the sectional game against Terre Haute South on Thursday evening. The Braves moved on with a 5-3 win and play for the championship at 6 p.m.
The Knights fought back against Reed, scoring a run in the third inning on an RBI single by senior Cody Crooks that brought classmate Ryne Barr home for the first run.

The following inning meant even more offensive damage by the Knights.

Kyle Pestoff reached on a throwing error by second baseman Jacob Hayes. Barr lined a two strike single to rightfield to score pinch-runner Broc Potter and Zac Niehaus reached via an error that scored Barr. Keaton Robertson singled to right, but was stranded after a fielder choice groundout.

Curtis Peters came in to relieve Lawson on the mound to begin the fourth inning and dazzled Braves hitters.

"Peters did a nice job coming off the bench," said Witham. "He showed a lot of grit."

The senior struckout five of the first six batters he faced and allowed just a single run over four innings while striking out seven.

However, Reed settled in at the same time, not allowing a hit in the fifth or sixth innings and striking out five as well.

Leading 5-3 heading into the bottom half of the seventh frame, the Knights got a glimmer of hope when Niehaus walked to lead off the inning.

After Reed got the first out via his 14th strikeout of the game, Crooks reached on the Braves' fourth error of the game, a throwing miscue by shortstop.

With two on and one out, Goldman came in to relieve in a tight situation and a passed ball that got by Josh Freeman moved the runners into scoring position.

However, Goldman was able to bear down and got pinch-hitter Craig Bell and Peters to strikeout and propel the Braves into the championship game against Mooresville, a 10-5 winner over Terre Haute North.

"I'm proud of these kids," said Witham of his squad following the game. "I think we gave (the Braves) everything they wanted."

The championship game will be played tonight at 6 p.m. The Knights finish the year at 10-17 overall and bid goodbye to seniors Nick Lancaster, Dylan Kruse, Robertson, Crooks, Peters and Barr.

Class 4A Northview Baseball Sectional

T.H. South1030001-5104
Northview0012000-343

2B -- THS (Luken, Hayes). SB -- THS (Lough, Kraemer).

Pitching

NorthviewIPRHBBK
Lawson (L)3.04513
Peters4.01507
T.H. SouthIPRHBBK
Reed (W)6.134314
Goldman (Sav)0.20002


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Boys played well. That senior group is a very tight group of good ball players. It will be a shame not to see them play anymore. I have always enjoyed watching them. Now if you allowed the seniors to control their destiny during the game, maybe that one wouldn't have been their last. Good luck in the future guys, and always remember that you play because you love it, not to record wins and losses.

-- Posted by almostfootballfree on Thu, May 29, 2008, at 8:45 AM

I just wanted to take the time to say what a great group of guys these Seniors are. The fact that these 6 boys stayed close throughout the years that they played little league up until this year says a whole lot about them. It just goes to show you that there are responsible, reliable, dedicated kids out there. The fact of the matter is the parents of all six should be very proud. Want to add that the open house at the fairgrounds that they planned as a group was awesome. How nice with the price of gasoline like it is, to be able to attend all the boys open houses at the same time. Congratulations Seniors and Best of Luck to your future endevours.

-- Posted by Collin's Mom on Wed, Jun 11, 2008, at 12:31 PM


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