Times Staff Report
TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview Knights picked up a quality victory in a game that went late into the evening at Indiana State's Bob Warn Field.
The Knights went 10 innings against previously unbeaten Homestead and came away with a 7-4 victory to improve to 4-0 overall.
Northview trailed by a run heading into the seventh inning, but senior Zac Niehaus coaxed a leadoff walk and then moved to third on a failed pickoff attempt. He would come around to score on a sacrifice fly by Zach Hull to send the game into extra innings.
The game remained tied at 4-all until the top of the 10th inning when Seth Lunsford smacked a leadoff single to start the rally. He would end up at third base on a pair of wild pitches and then trotted home on a ringing double by Andrew Butts. The rally continued with an RBI single by TJ Decker, who then stole second to put himself in scoring position. Bryant Pestoff came up and laced a pinch-hit single to bring Decker home for a 7-4 advantage.
In the bottom half of the inning, Kodie Girton came in to seal the deal by setting the Spartans down in order to pick up the pitching save.
As has been the case all season, team speed played a big role in the victory as Northview stole seven bases in the victory.
"Homestead is a great program, but our kids showed that they are up to
the challenge of playing with anyone. They really battled and put some
great swings on the ball all night long. We had 5 or 6 shots that were
caught that could have fallen," Northview coach Scott McDonald said.
The Knights got a quality start from Caleb Mershon before giving way to Carson Kleiber and then Coleman Craig, who go the victory.
"Caleb Mershon did a great job in his return to the mound. Coleman, in his first varsity game, did a tremendous job to keep them at bay, giving our offense a chance to put some runs on the board to get the win. Kodie then came in and got the save."
Northview got on the board in the second inning as Decker singled before Conner Pierce drew a walk and Curtis Grove drilled an RBI single.
The Knights were able to manufacture their runs during the evening as Hull drove home Niehaus in the fifth inning after he had stolen second base. In the sixth frame, Pierce reached via an infield single, stole second and then advanced to third and then scored on wild pitches.
Pierce finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three stolen bases and Grove was 2-for-3 with a double and a stolen base for the Knights. Hull drove in two as part of a 2-for-4 evening at the plate and Decker was 2-for-5 with two stolen bases. Joey Thomas, Niehaus, Lunsford, Butts and Pestoff each had single hits in the victory.
Northview 'B' game
MONTEZUMA -- Northview's 'B' team opened the season with a convincing, five-inning victory over Riverton Parke by a 19-1 score.
Coleman Craig blasted a grand slam, singled twice and drove in four runs. Brock Smith added three base hits along with Tyler Wilson and Devin Clark drove in three runs with a pair of doubles in a 3-for-5 night. Bryant Pestoff added a double in a 2-for-3 game at the plate with two RBI and Dan Reberger topped the team with five runs driven in with two hits.
Smith pitched two innings with three strikeouts and three walks with Stephen Watts also pitching two frames with four strikeouts and two walks allowed. Craig pitching one inning with one run allowed, a walk and two strikeouts.
The 'B' team is back in action at West Vigo on Monday at 5 p.m.
Northview 'C' game
CRAWFORDSVILLE -- The Northview 'C' team fell in a close contest by a 2-1 score against Crawfordsville on the road.
Bo Stewart had a single and a walk, Steven Phillips added a base hit and Austin Butts had a double.
The 'C' team will also travel to West Vigo to play following the 'B' team.