TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview baseball team came away from the 13th annual Big Four Tourney with just one win in its three games against some stiff competition from Vigo County rivals.
After falling to West Vigo, 8-2 on Tuesday, the Knights bounced back behind an absolute pitching gem from Craig Bell to defeat Terre Haute North in Saturday's opener. However, Terre Haute South sent the Knights to an 11-5 loss in the final game to end the day on a sour note for Northview.
Despite losing to Terre Haute North on Friday night, the Braves claimed the title with the win against Northview and a 4-1 victory over West Vigo, who also lost to the Patriots.
Against Terre Haute North, Northview got a complete game, one-hitter from Bell, who struckout eight Patriots and giving up just one unearned run in the victory.
"Bell was absolutely incredible today," Northview coach Scott McDonald said. "He threw a great fastball with tremendous movement that had North baffled all day and then he threw a very sharp breaking ball for strikes.He controlled the game from the first inning on. I think that it was his best game in high school."
Northview was held scoreless until the Knights were able to explode for five runs in the fourth inning and added four more over the last two frames to get the victory.
Seth Lunsford ripped a home run and drove in three runs while Zach Hull also had three RBI's with a double and a single for the Knights.
"Our hitters did an outstanding job today with hitting the ball where it was pitched. Six of our nine hits went to opposite field. The wind and the location of pitches dictated that for us. We had some guys struggling a little bit today that got going again. It was the coldest game we have had all year and the kids did a very good job of battling the elements."
Adding to the hit parade were Andrew Butts with a double, Kodie Girton with a single and two runs scored and Zac Niehaus added two base hits and scored twice. Caleb Mason also scored a pair of runs with a double and TJ Decker had a single.
In the finale for the Knights, Terre Haute South got great production from the top half of its lineup as Josh Dove homered and drove in four runs and Jacob Hayes added three more RBI in the win.
Girton got the pitching loss, allowing five earned runs over five innings with six strikeouts. Niehaus relieved him and gave up five runs, three earned, but just one hit. JT Jeffries finished out the game with a scoreless inning of work with a strikeout.
Hull wrapped up a big day with a double, home run and an RBI to go with a roundtripper from Butts, who drove in three. Lunsford had a two-base hit and Girton added a single.
"We seemed to take the complete opposite approach to hitting essentially the same type of pitcher," McDonald said of the Knights' approach to South' starter. "Hull, Lunsford, and Butts all had good success staying with the concept of going the opposite field. We had a lot of guys pulling off of pitches trying to pull the ball and they struggled. Our pitching wasn't too bad, we just fell behind in the count too much and had to throw fastballs. So we were not able to keep them off balance and they could sit back and swing."
The Knights are now 14-4 overall and will resume a suspended game with Edgewood on the road this evening at 5 p.m. Northview leads 13-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Mustangs will have the bases loaded.
Big Four Tourney
Bell (W) and Lunsford; Patterson, Bose (5) and Collett. 2B -- Nv (Butts, Hull). HR -- Nv (Lunsford). SB -- THN (Gauer 2, Ruddock). Nv (Hull, Niehaus). CS -- THN (Rosselli).
Girton (L), Niehaus (6), Jeffries (6) and Lunsford; Duggins (W), Townsend (6, save) and Tofaute). 2B -- Nv (Lunsford, Hull), THS (Dove, Hayes). 3B -- THS (Wheatfill). HR -- THS (Dove), Nv (Hull, Butts). SB -- THS (Wheatfill, Rollings, Hayes).