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Knights beat Class 2A No. 1, win two-of-three at Carmel

Monday, May 25, 2009

Andrew Butts had two hits for Northview in a win over Class 2A No. 1 ranked Elwood on Friday night.
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CARMEL -- The Northview baseball team continued to take on some of the top teams in the state this season by competing in the Greyhound Invitational at Carmel over the weekend.

The Knights picked off Class 2A top-ranked Elwood in the opener and downed Fort Wayne Northrop in the final game on Saturday. Those two games were sandwiched around a narrow, 5-1, loss to the host Greyhounds.

"We played great baseball all weekend," coach Scott McDonald said. "Our pitching was outstanding, our defense was outstanding. We made about eight diving catches and plays and we hit the ball very well."

Northview opened tourney play against Elwood, which returns six seniors from a state-runnerup team from last year.

Brock Lawson continued his outstanding season on the mound, pitching a complete game, striking out eight and walking just one batter in a 5-2 victory.

"It was another dominating performance by Brock and they could not catch up to his fastball even in the seventh inning," McDonald said.

The Knights pounded out 14 hits against Elwood's unbeaten No. 1 pitcher.

Drake Stevenson had three hits, Andrew Butts, Caleb Mason, Zach Hull and T.J. Decker all had two hits. Zac Niehaus had a double and Kodie Girton each had a hit.

The Knights also continued their thievery on the base paths as Northview stole six bases.

In the second game of the tourney, Northview got another strong mound performance, this one from Craig Bell, who allowed four hits, and Kodie Girton, who didn't allow a hit over the final four frames.

The Knights' bats fell silent against the Greyhounds, who allowed only singles to Mason, Lawson and Girton in the win. Northview was also without senior Matt Nodley in the offensive lineup, though he was pivotal in the field defensively.

In the final game of the tournament, the Knights got five quality innings on the mound from Caleb Mershon, who got the win in a 7-4 decision.

Mershon allowed three hits and struck out four while not giving up a walk. Mason came in to get the save with two innings of work and three strikeouts.

Mason homered for the Knights, Hull added two hits and Girton tripled as part of a two-hit game. Kyle Pestoff had two hits, Roy Brown added another, Mershon doubled and Niehaus had a hit as well.

"We are peaking at the perfect time getting ready to go into the tournament," McDonald said. "We have all of our pitchers still fresh thanks to our strict adherence to a pitch count. They are showing everyone that they have the talent to compete with our schedule and be successful. We are very excited about our chances in the sectional."

The Knights honor their seniors this evening against Greencastle at 7 p.m.