Times Staff Report
PLAINFIELD -- Northview's baseball team broke two-game losing streak by flexing their muscle in a 6-5 win at Plainfield on Monday night.
Northview's Zac Niehaus blasted a pair of home runs, including one that was estimated at nearly 450 feet and Zach Hull drilled a moon shot of his own, a two-run bomb that got the Knights going.
"We hit the ball incredibly well, unfortunately, we hit more of them right at them. Eventually, those are going to find their way for hits," Northview coach Scott McDonald said. "The shots that Niehaus and Hull hit were unbelievable in terms of need and distance. If we can get those guys swinging the bat like that, with the other guys going like they are, we really like the direction that we are heading."
The hits weren't plentiful, but they were effective as Northview had just five hits against the Quakers but Niehaus' first homer was of the three-run variety and his second put the Knights on top. His defense stood out as well as Niehaus made a tremendous diving catch in the left centerfield gap to keep the tying run off base in the seventh inning.
Carson Kleiber got the start, going five innings, allowing five runs, though just two were earned. Brock Wheeler picked up the save by throwing the final two innings.
"Carson did a good job of throwing a lot of strikes to give our defense a chance to make plays," McDonald said. "We made of couple of errors on plays that we needed to make, but then we made some really good defensive plays. Brock came in to get the final six outs and threw much better than his last time out. He is starting to get more confidence with his ankle."
The Knights are now 12-5 overall and host South Vermillion this evening before traveling to Owen Valley on Friday evening.
SULLIVAN -- The Knights added a conference softball win on the road at Sullivan on Monday evening, exploding for nine runs in the third inning of a 13-0 victory in five innings.
Taylor Carter held Sullivan to just one hit over the five innings and was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored. She was joined in the 14-hit outburst by Alyssa Conrad's 2-for-3 game with two RBI and a run scored. Jessica LaTourette drove in two in a 3-for-4 game at the plate, Hope Torbert was 2-for-3, scored twice and drove in a run and Kylie McKee was 1-for-1, scored twice, doubled, walked and drove in three runs.
The junior varsity Knights dropped a narrow 3-2 decision to the Golden Arrows.
The Knights (14-2, 4-0 WIC) host South Vermillion this evening.
Carter (W, 12-2), Phillips (4) and Latourette; Whitlock (L), Drake (4) and Mahurin.