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Knights pound out shutout sweep in opener

Sunday, April 3, 2011

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Northview freshman Conner Pierce (No. 3) is congratulated by coach Scott McDonald after a home run on Saturday.
By MATT MCKINNEY

Times Staff Reporter

The Northview Knights' varsity baseball team got their season off to a great start Saturday afternoon, recording 15 hits on the way to a 12-0 domination of North Vermillion.

The Knights literally came out swinging, scoring two runs in the first inning off hits by senior Zac Niehaus and junior Zach Hull. Their scoring helped open up a 2-0 Northview lead. In the bottom of the first, the Knights' sophomore starting pitcher Craig Peters allowed a hit from North Vermillion, but quickly rebounded, striking out the final batter to end the inning.

Northview's second attempt at offense was just as exciting as its first.

Senior Curtis Grove hit one over the wall in right field for a solo home run. Later in the inning, junior Tyler Wilson hit a double to short left centerfield, and then stole third. On the last out of the inning, Niehaus hit a sacrifice fly that allowed Wilson to score.

In the next half-inning, Peters worked more of his magic, only allowing one hit and striking out a batter. After two innings, Northview held a 4-0 lead.

In the third inning, the Knights' bats really started to swing.

Hull hit a single and stole second base. Two outs later, freshman Connor Pierce blasted a home run to fight field, sending Hull home as well. Grove, Wilson and junior Kodie Girton also scored a run in the third.

"Great day offensively," Northview head coach Scott McDonald said. "We hit the ball extremely well. We had a lot of guys that got hits. We had a couple younger guys get some valuable roster experience. Grove and Pierce both went deep in their first varsity game. A great game offensively all the way around."

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Craig Peters fires a pitch home in a shutout of North Vermillion on Saturday. The sophomore allowed just two hits and struck out nine.
Following the top of the third inning offensive outburst, Peters struck two batters out and left a man stranded on second.

After a pitching change by North Vermillion in the fourth, Hull recorded another run. Junior TJ Decker and Pierce also scored, coming off Grove's RBI.

Peters' pitching in the last two innings were his best. He struck out four batters and didn't allow a run in the final two innings.

"He hit his spots well," McDonald said. "He's going to start again Friday against Martinsville."

Overall, Joey Thomas drove in two with a double, Hull was 3-for-3 in the game, Seth Lunsford, Wilson and Decker each had two base hits and Grove had three hits in the win.

Northview also won its first game Saturday, 10-0, recording 14 hits.

Kodie Girton struck out 12 to gain the victory and posted three hits to help his effort on the mound. Niehaus hammered out a double and Lunsford drove in three. Decker doubled twice in the victory.

The Knights' next challenge is Tuesday, April 5 at Clay City. First pitch is at 5 p.m.

At Northview

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2B -- Nv (Lunsford, Wilson 2, Grove, Thomas, Decker), NVM (W. Harrison). 1B -- Nv (Niehaus, Hull 3, Grove, Pierce, Pestoff), NVM (Zumwalt, West). HR -- Nv (Pierce, Grove), NVM -- (None). SB -- Nv (Niehaus, Wilson, Hull, Girton), NVM (None).

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Martin and Bowden; Girton (W, 1-0) and Lunsford.

2B -- Nv (Thomas 2, Decker 2, Niehaus).

Pitching

N.VermillionIPRHBBK
West (L)3.091021
Fortner2.03525
NorthviewIPRHBBK
Peters (W)5.00309