The Northview baseball team got the opportunity to test itself over the weekend against an unfamiliar and talented opponent in Noblesville.
The Knights fell behind early as the Millers scored five times in the first inning and Northview wasn't able to fully recover in falling 7-3 on Saturday.
The Millers got to starting pitcher, TJ Decker, for five earned runs before he settled in to hold them scoreless into the sixth inning.
"(Saturday), in the first inning we were playing very timid on both sides of the ball. We were playing an elite program and did not play with the same confidence that we have all year," Northview coach Scott McDonald said. "Once we got through the first inning, TJ pitched extremely well and our defense made plays. You could really see our confidence grow as the game progressed."
Northview was able to get on the board in the sixth inning on a two-run home run by Zach Hull and then scored another in the top of the seventh, but Noblesville held on for the victory.
"We made adjustments at the plate and put better swings on the ball," McDonald said. "Noblesville plays an extremely difficult schedule, including a game in which they won against the nation's No. 1 ranked team, St. Augustine out of Kentucky."
The Knights got a double each from Jordan Allen and Roy Brown with Kodie Girton, Caleb Mason, Zac Niehaus and Carson Kleiber each adding base hits.
Afterwards, McDonald discussed what the benefits of playing Noblesville were despite the loss.
"We were very happy with innings 2-7, we felt the kids have shown that they can play with anybody in the state now," McDonald said. "The exciting thing for me was the fact that they want to play them again. Our baseball program finally has taken the step we want in playing against anybody and going toe-to-toe with them. We will be ready come Tuesday against West Vigo, down through the rest of our schedule, and moving through the tournament."
The Knights are now 13-2 overall.
Decker (L, 2-1), Jeffries (6) and Lunsford; Guarriello and Watson.
2B -- Nv (Brown, Allen). HR -- Nv (Hull)