The 2010 sectional draw was made on Tuesday morning and that evening, the Northview Knights picked up a victory against a talented Vincennes Lincoln squad that brought a matching 19-4 season mark into the game versus Northview.
The Knights scratched out a run in the bottom of the seventh inning to garner a 3-2 win against Class 3A fourth-ranked Vincennes Lincoln.
Kodie Girton got the start on the mound and allowed just one earned run over his five innings of work before giving way to Caleb Mason, who gave up an unearned run in the top of the seventh inning that tied the score.
Northview pushed across a run in the bottom of the first inning to draw first blood, but the Alices knotted the score in their half of the third inning. The Knights came right back to take the lead with a single run in the bottom of the third to hold a 2-1 advantage into the seventh inning.
Roy Brown came in to pinch-hit and added an RBI single, which proved to be the game winner.
Girton gave up just three hits over his stint on the mound, striking out four and allowing three walks in an impressive start against a quality club according to coach Scott McDonald.
"Kodie was outstanding against a very good ball club. We made some adjustments in his last bullpen and tonight that work paid off," McDonald said. "He was able to throw his change-up in any count and really had them guessing."
Mason came in to finish out the remaining two innings and picked up the save in the decision, allowing a hit, striking out three.
"Mason told us before the game that he wanted the ball in a tough situation and went out and was as good as advertised," McDonald said. "Their pitcher was highly regarded around the state as one of the top pitchers. We did a good job of battling and getting enough hits to win."
The Knights got a double, RBI and a stolen base from Zac Niehaus, who went 2-for-2 at the plate. Kirton was 2-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base and Mason was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a stolen base as well. Andrew Butts tripled for the Knights.
"We have won a lot of games with not much question in the outcome and to win a tight, hard fought game is very satisfying for the kids," McDonald said. "We saw a lot of fight and intensity that is what we have to have heading into the tournament."
While the offensive prowess of the Knights has gotten most of the notice this season, McDonald pointed out his pitching staff as being the key heading into the postseason.
"Our pitching has really started to take shape down the stretch getting ready for the tournament," McDonald said. "(Craig) Bell, (TJ) Decker, Girton, and Mason have started to put a string of what we would consider quality starts, with (JT) Jeffries being consistent all season in relief, which has made the staff extremely talented."
The Knights (20-4 overall) will get another stiff test this weekend as they take part in the Greyhound Invitational at Carmel beginning Friday night.
K. Girton, Mason (6) and Lunsford.
2B -- Nv (Niehaus). 3B -- Nv (Butts).