Times Staff Reporter
TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview Knights dropped a pair of games at the Big Four Tournament on Saturday and fell in all three games that counted in the tourney this week.
On Saturday, the Knights kicked off tournament action by dropping a 4-1 contest to the host Patriots. In the second game, Northview was drilled by a 16-4 score in a game against Terre Haute South.
Despite the loss to Terre Haute North, Northview was lead by a solid outing by Sophomore pitcher Caleb Mershon.
Mershon pitched a solid 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking zero. Knights coach Scott McDonald was very pleased with the outing of the young right hander.
"I thought Caleb pitched a great game," McDonald said. "He did a great job mixing pitches and hitting his spots, and he was helped by great defense."
Offensively, the Knights were not able to offer Mershon the needed run support. They started strong, as Andrew Butts led things off with a single and eventually scored on a North Vigo throwing error to give Northview an early 1-0 lead.
Unfortunately, North pitcher J.T. Bailey shut the Knights down for the remainder of the game, allowing only the one run and four hits, two of which came in the first inning. Bailey threw a complete game, striking out four and issuing no walks.
The Patriots answered the Knight's first inning run with one of their own, as Jared Eller blasted an RBI single. Eller followed this clutch hit with another, blasting a solo homerun in the fourth inning to give North a lead they would never relinquish. They added insurance runs in the fifth and sixth innings respectively.
Coach McDonald said there were things he hoped to adjust in later games, but felt that despite the loss, his team accomplished enough to merit optimism these improvements would come.
"We did some good things out there," McDonald said. "Obviously I wish we could have hit the ball better, but (Bailey) made adjustments and pitched a good game. We didn't play bad, they just beat us."
Against Terre Haute South, the Braves got to Craig Bell early to score three runs in the opening two innings and led 4-1 after three innings.
The real damage came in the fourth inning as the Braves piled on six runs on the way to a six inning, 10-run rule victory.
The Braves' Ricky Wheatfill was 4-for-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and two RBI and Bryn Schwartz added another three RBI in a 21-hit attack.
Caleb Mason had a triple and drove home two runs for the Knights and Matt Nodley also had a three-base hit. Andrew Butts had a double and scored once.
West Vigo, who beat Northview earlier in the week, took out Terre Haute South in a 15-3 game and finished the tourney with a 13-3 pasting of the Patriots to win the Big Four and improve to 15-1 overall.
The Knights (9-9 overall) host South Vermillion on Tuesday night for a 6 p.m. game.
Big Four Tourney
At T.H. North
Mershon, Girton (6) and Brown; Bailey and Collett.
L -- Mershon; W -- Bailey
HR -- THN (Eller).
Maxwell and Freeman; Bell, Decker (3), Jeffries (4) and Lunsford.
L -- Bell. W -- Bell.
HR -- THS (Buske).