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Knights get great pitching, split in Carmel

Sunday, May 23, 2010

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Craig Bell struck out 14 and didn't allow a hit, but picked up a 2-1 loss.
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CARMEL -- Mother Nature forced a re-formatting of the two-day Greyhound Invitational baseball tournament this weekend.

Northview played a pair of games on Saturday, got great pitching once again, but had to settle for a split of its two games against Elwood and South Dearborn.

In the opening game, Craig Bell threw a complete game, no-hitter and struck out 14 batters, but suffered a 2-1 loss to South Dearborn.

Bell walked four and hit a pair of Knights, but had some impressive stuff according to coach Scott McDonald.

"(Bell's) stuff was electric again and gives us a lot of confidence with him on the mound," McDonald said. "(South Dearborn) had only three balls hit to the outfield all day. There was a streak for Craig at one point that he struck out seven in a row."

The problem that plagued Northview in the opener was one that hasn't appeared often this season, a lack of offense.

Northview scored its lone run in the third inning, but couldn't scratch out the tying run as the Knights got just four hits in the game.

"Our offense was non-existent in the first game. We had 13 K's and only 2 walks," McDonald said. "TJ Decker had two hits, including a double, Drake Stevenson had a double and Seth Lunsford had a double. We had a situation in the sixth with the bases loaded and nobody out, and didn't score. We were just chalking it up as an off game for our hitters."

In the second game, both squads put up a pair of runs in the first inning, but the Knights added two more in the fifth to pick up a 4-2 win over Elwood.

Zac Niehaus had two RBI's with a double and Kodie Girton added another two-base hit for the Knights. Stevenson, Andrew Butts and Caleb Mason each had singles.

Girton also got the pitching win in relief, coming in during the third inning after JT Jeffries relieved Mason in the first inning.

"Our pitchers were the best in terms of dominating performances in a double-header in a long time," McDonald said. "The pitching that we are getting right now can play a major part in what our goals for the tournament are. Our hitters, while not performing well today will be ready. I really like where we are going in."

Northview (21-5 overall) finishes the regular season on the road at Greencastle on Tuesday night.

Greyhound Invite

Saturday

Game one

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McLaughlin (W) and Luhrsen; Bell (L, 4-1) and Lunsford.

2B -- Nv (Decker, Lunsford, Stevenson).

Game two

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Mason, Jeffries (1), Girton (3) and Lunsford; Jodney, Buster (5) and Beston.

W -- Girton, 5-2. L -- Jodney.

2B -- Nv (Niehaus, Girton).