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Offensive explosion powers Knights

Sunday, April 11, 2010

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Northview's Joey Thomas had four hits on Saturday and scored three times in the doubleheader sweep.
Times Staff Report

MOUNT VERNON -- The Northview baseball traveling offensive road show made its second stop of the season at Mount Vernon on Saturday afternoon.

After a stop at Martinsville Friday night where the Knights rocked the Artesians for 18 runs and 17 hits, Northview had a combined 31 runs and 30 hits in a two-game sweep against Mount Vernon.

In the opening game the Knights won a slugfest, 19-15 on the strength of three triples by Caleb Mason and the first of two home runs by Seth Lunsford.

"We put on a great show of offensive fire power," coach Scott McDonald said. "Everyone in the line up hit the ball very well. When we pinch hit, those guys did very well also."

The offensive onslaught included four RBI by Zach Hull, a pair of singles, two runs scored and two stolen bases by Kodie Girton and a double and triple by Andrew Butts, who also drove in two runs.

Adding to the totals were two base hits apiece by Joey Thomas and TJ Decker, who drove in three runs as well. Roy Brown had a single, scored and drove in a run and Lunsford scored twice while adding a single to hit homerun.

Decker got the start on the mound and allowed six runs, all unearned before giving way to Brock Wheeler, who went three innings and gave up seven runs, only three of which were earned. JT Jeffries came in to pick up the save.

"Our defense played better than the stats showed," McDonald commented regarding a less than ideal playing surface. "Our pitchers needed to do a better job of keeping the ball around the plate."

In the second game, the Knights continued to pound the ball and rallied back after falling behind early.

The Wildcats got to Girton, who got the start, for six earned runs over the first two innings. However, Carson Kleiber came in and did an excellent job in relief according to McDonald.

"Kleiber was outstanding in relief in game two," McDonald said. "They were a very good hitting club and he was able to get everything over for strikes and changed speeds extremely well."

Kleiber went the final five innings of the game, allowing just two earned runs while striking out four to get the victory.

Northview trailed 7-6 heading into the top of the sixth inning, but the Knights exploded for six runs on the way to a 12-8 victory.

Lunsford had three hits, including his second homerun of the day, Jordan Allen tripled and drove in two runs and Mason added a single, double, drove in two runs and scored three times.

Butts had a double as part of a two hit game with an RBI, Girton had two more base hits and Hull had two hits and scored twice. Thomas had two singles and Brown had a single and an RBI.

"The best thing is that we are starting to gain confidence in what we can do," McDonald said. "They are also seeing the results of the countless hours we spend on hitting. We win five games in the first week, which is a testament to our pitching depth and getting a lot of different guys experience at the varsity level."

Northview (5-0 overall) hosts Bloomington North on Tuesday night.

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Mt. Vernon1501521-15133

Decker, Wheeler (3), Jeffries (6) and Lunsford, Brown (5); Crabtree, Scifert (5), Fink (6) and Choate.

HR -- Nv (Lunsford 1); Mv (Roberts 2).

W -- Wheeler (1-0).

L -- Crabtree.

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Mt. Vernon4210001-8111

Girton, Kleiber (3) and Lunsford; Hames, Paris (5) and Fink.

HR -- Nv Lunsford (2); Mv Roberts.

W -- Kleiber, 2-0.

L -- Paris.

Next game: Northview will play Bloomington North on Tuesday.