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Girton's one-hit shutout leads Knights to victory

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

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Northview's Caleb Mason slides home safely as the Knights scored a 7-0 win over Mooresville on Wednesday.
By CAREY FOX

Times Sports Editor

The lifeblood of Northview's first 12 baseball wins was a potent offense that regularly posts double-digit run totals through the first half of the season. On Wednesday night, the pitching of Kodie Girton was the story as the sophomore southpaw dominated Mooresville in a complete game, 7-0 shutout.

Girton allowed just one hit as the Knights defeated their third potential sectional opponent as they already own wins over Plainfield and Martinsville. The Pioneers also struck out 13 times in the game as Girton kept batters off balance with a mixture of his three pitches.

"That was the best pitching performance I've seen in a long time," coach Scott McDonald said of Girton's gem. "He got all three pitches over, I mean he could throw any one of the three in any count. He had (Mooresville) totally under control. That's the way we expect him to pitch and all of our other guys throw. Tonight was just extremely well done."

Northview got all the runs it would need in the first inning off of Mooresville starter, Nic Barker.

Andrew Butts led off with a single and stole second ahead of a base hit by Girton. Zac Niehaus then followed with an RBI double to score Butts. Caleb Mason followed with a single that brought home Girton and then moved into scoring position with a theft of second base. Mooresville was able to get the first out of the inning with a strike out, but Seth Lunsford ripped a two-run single to bring home both Niehaus and Mason for a 4-0 lead. Jordan Allen then smacked a single to drive home Lunsford for an early 5-0 advantage for the Knights.

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TJ Decker applies the tag to Mooresville basestealer, Ricky Francis.
That lead was all Girton would need as he struck out the side in both the second and third innings and the Pioneers didn't get their first hit until the fourth inning. Ricky Francis led off the inning with a single, but was gunned down by on a stolen base attempt by the Knights' catcher, Lunsford. Mooresville's Conor Brown drew a walk, but Girton got Barker to flyout to end the inning.

From there, Girton didn't allow another base runner, striking out five Pioneers over the next three innings to complete the victory.

Northview added a single run in the third frame on a triple by Caleb Mason that caromed off the right-centerfield wall. Hull brought him home with an RBI fielder's choice for a 6-0 lead.

The Knights added another run in the bottom of the fifth as Joey Thomas rocketed a double down the leftfield line. TJ Decker then brought home the final run with a two-out base hit.

Northview's offense reached the eight-run plateau for the sixth-straight game and won its eighth-straight game overall.

"The offense got what we needed and the defense made the plays," McDonald said. "I don't think we had any errors tonight. The offense wasn't really needed tonight, but we put some good swings on it. We got the hits when we needed them and that's the important part.

"That's three possible sectional opponents that we've faced that we've handled pretty well," McDonald added. "So far things are going as we hoped."

Mason had three hits and reached base all four times at the plate, Lunsford and Decker had a pair of hits apiece.

Northview improved to 13-1 overall and heads into an important stretch of games beginning with a Saturday battle at 3 p.m. on the road at Noblesville followed with a May 4 home tilt with West Vigo at 6 p.m.

At Northview

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2B -- Nv (Niehaus). 3B -- Nv (Mason). SB -- Nv (Butts, Mason), MV (Francis). CS -- Nv (Niehaus by Brown).

Pitching

NorthviewIPRHBBK
K. Girton (W, 3-0)7.001213
MooresvilleIPRHBBK
Barker (L)1.05601
O'Dell3.01321
Perry2.01302