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Northview baseball team breaks out the brooms to sweep Warriors

Sunday, May 16, 2010

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Zach Hull hit a triple in the Knights victory in game one over Danville on Saturday afternoon.
Times Staff Report

DANVILLE -- Pitching took center stage on Saturday afternoon as Northview's baseball team improved to 19-4 overall with a double header sweep at Danville.

Three Northview pitchers allowed just one run all afternoon as Craig Bell got the victory in game one and T.J. Decker followed with a complete game victory in game two.

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Caleb Mason broke the school record with his eighth triple of the year.
In the first contest, Bell started and went five innings, allowing just two hits while striking out three and walking two. JT Jeffries finished off the victory with two innings of work as Northview claimed a 9-0 victory. Jeffries gave up just one hit and struck out two Warrior batters.

"Bell threw another strong game for us. He had excellent command of his breaking pitch and kept their hitters off balance," coach Scott McDonald said. "Jeffries came in and closed the game out with another good performance."

At the plate, Caleb Mason had two singles, a double and a triple, scored two, drove in three and had two stolen bases. Zac Niehaus smacked a home run and a double, scored three times and drove in three runs as well. Zach Hull added a triple and drove in a run and Joey Thomas added a single. Seth Lunsford drove in a run.

"Offensively, Mason, who was just a home run short of the cycle, centered every ball he hit in this game. Niehaus hit the ball extremely well again, hitting another home run, and Hull hit another triple," McDonald said. "Those three guys are simply centering nearly every ball and gives us great depth in our lineup. Our opponents just cannot pitch around one of them, because the next hitter is just as good. It is a surprise if they do make an out."

In game two, Decker went to the mound and allowed just one unearned run in the seventh inning. Danville managed just three hits while Decker struck out eight and walked one.

"Decker was outstanding for us. He was perfect through four innings and ended up surrendering only three hits," McDonald said. "The defense again was very good. (Andrew) Butts made an outstanding play on a little flair to the right field foul line that he dove for, caught, and doubled the runner off of first. Butts also ended up a home run short of the cycle."

Butts also stole three bases while scoring twice and driving in a run. Kodie Girton hit a triple for the Knights along with Mason, who set a school record with his eighth of the season.

Niehaus added a single, double and scored three times with two stolen bases and Craig Peters doubled and drove in two runs. Carson Kleiber also had a base hit in the victory.

"We are really starting to put our pitching together where we thought it would be. Mason, Bell, and Decker have put together three good outings in a row," McDonald said. "Girton will go on Tuesday against Vincennes and he will give us another outstanding performance. We are starting to put all phases of the game together at the right time. We really like the direction that we are heading."

The Knights host the Class 3A No. 4 ranked Alices at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.

At Danville

Saturday

Game one

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Bell, Jeffries (6) and Lunsford; Butterfield, Thurston (5) and Tharp.

2B -- Nv (Niehaus, Mason). 3B -- Nv (Mason). HR -- Nv (Niehaus).

Game two

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Decker (W, 2-1) and Brown; Rodriguez, Tharp (4), Atkinson (6) and Jefferies.

2B -- Nv (Butts, Niehaus). 3B -- Nv (Girton, Mason, Butts).