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Northview summer baseball team claims Cambridge City Lincoln Tourney

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

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Northview's Andrew Butts had five hits in four games during the Cambridge City Lincoln Golden Invitational Tournament last weekend. The Knights won the championship with a 4-0 record over two days.
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

CAMBRIDGE CITY -- The Northview summer baseball team headed northeast to compete in the Cambridge City Lincoln Golden Invitational Tournament over the weekend and flexed their muscles in claiming the championship.

While the official high school season is over the Knights have annually competed around the state each year with a summer program that helps develop the program's talent while getting the players extra games under their belt.

On Saturday, Northview showed just how far they had come in going 4-0 with wins over Western Boone, Triton-Central and the host Golden Eagles team to win the title.

"The kids were amazing this weekend, winning four games in two days is a great accomplishment," high school coach Scott McDonald said. "Every single player at some point during the games made a great play, got a clutch hit, or made a great pitch to help us win the tournament."

Northview opened tourney play on Friday and scored a 14-4 win against Western Boone led by an excellent pitching performance from Craig Bell and a powerful offensive game.

Bell struck out 10 in a complete game victory, walking three and allowing just two hits and two earned runs.

At the plate, Andrew Butts, Seth Lunsford, TJ Decker and Jordan Allen each had a pair of hits while Roy Brown, Devin Harvey and Jordan King all had a hit as well.

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Craig Bell struck out 10 Western Boone batters in earning the victory during the opening game of the Cambridge City Tournament on Friday.
In round two, Northview got another strong game on the mound, this time from Decker, who struck out eight batters, walked two and also allowed just two hits with just one earned run.

Butts added another two-hit performance along with Lunsford. Harvey and Drake Stevenson each smacked a pair of hits and Brown went deep for the Knights. King, Bell and Carson Kleiber also had hits in the victory.

"Our pitching was not bad with the layoff that they have had," McDonald commented. "I thought Bell and Decker were outstanding on Friday."

With a pair of wins and the No. 1 seed in hand, Northview faced off with Western Boone once again and won a slugfest to advance to the championship game, 13-12.

JT Jeffries got the start on the mound with Brown relieving him and garnering the victory.

Stevenson raked three hits in the struggle with Lunsford, Bell, Joey Thomas and Decker delivering a pair of hits each. Brown, Allen and Kleiber each had single hits in the win.

In the title skirmish, Northview faced Cambridge City Lincoln and took home another 13-12 decision.

Kleiber started on the mound before being relieved by Jeffries, who got the victory and Butts delivered the save.

"Jeffries did a nice job in both games Saturday, especially in the championship game, to hold them down for a couple innings to allow our offense to get back in the game," McDonald said.

Stevenson added another three hits to go with three base hits from Bell and two each from Thomas, Decker and Lunsford. Both Butts and Harvey had single hits.

"We had so many hits that I am certain that we missed some," McDonald admitted of the offensive barrage. "The really good thing was that we had so many hits, but many of them went to the opposite field like we have been trying to teach them. We were very excited about the championship and are looking forward to the next game on July 15th."

Northview takes on the Terre Haute Junior Legion squad on July 15.