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Free passes lead to loss by Knights

Thursday, April 30, 2009

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T.J. Decker had two hits for the Knights at Mooresville.
Staff Report

MOORESVILLE -- The Northview baseball team hasn't quite been able to sustain a streak of wins of late and most of it has come of its own doing.

On Wednesday night it was unintentional walks that played the biggest role in a 12-4 loss to Mooresville.

"The biggest difference in the game was that we walked them 11 times, nine of whom scored," Northview coach Scott McDonald said. "I thought our pitchers did a very good job considering that we had a very small strike zone to work with.

"This caused us to have to continue to primarily use our fastball and good teams are able to hit fastballs," McDonald added.

Northview's Caleb Mershon got the start on the mound, but Brock Lawson and Craig Bell also toed the rubber for the Knights. Rained out contests haven't done the Knights any favors either, preventing Northview's pitchers from getting regular work in the rotation.

Northview's pitchers did strikeout 11 Pioneers in the game and the defense was solid, committing just one error.

"Our defense was pretty good considering we are still tweaking the positions," McDonald said. "I am not concerned about how things went."

One reason for optimism in a potential re-match in the postseason is that the Knights outhit Mooresville, 8-6 in the game. Andrew Butts smacked a home run and a double as part of a 3-for-3 night at the plate.

Zac Niehaus stayed hot with a double, T.J. Decker added a pair of hits and Caleb Mason added a two-base hit.

"They were another sectional opponent of whom we saw their best pitcher and hit him extremely well, we just hit a lot of balls right at them," McDonald said. "We will now have the next few days to prepare for our showdown at West Vigo."

With the loss, Northview drops to 8-6 overall and will get ready for Tuesday's road trip to West Vigo for a 6 p.m. Western Indiana Conference battle against the Class 3A No. 3 Vikings, who are 10-1 this season.