Times Staff Report
Northview was able to hold off the upset bid by South Vermillion in baseball action on Tuesday night, claiming an 8-7 victory.
South Vermillion took a 2-0 first inning lead off Northview starter, Kodie Girton. However, the Knights bounced back to take a seemingly comfortable lead with four runs apiece in the second and third innings. From there however, South Vermillion chipped away, scoring five runs off Caleb Mershon during the final three innings. The Wildcats had the tying run on second base in the top of the seventh inning, but Mershon got the final out for the victory.
"We hit the ball well and that was about the extent of it," Northview coach Scott McDonald said. "We played poorly on defense and our pitching wasn't really sharp. Hull continues to swing the bat well, as did Lunsford, Thomas and Pierce. We have to
improve our defense and get back to playing our style of baseball, which is good offense and flawless defense."
Hull went 3-for-4 at the plate with a double, an RBI and scored a run and both Lunsford and Joey Thomas each were 2-for-4. Thomas drove in two runs and had a double and scored a run and Lunsford also scored once. Pierce was 2-for-2 and scored, Girton doubled and TJ Decker added a base hit.
Girton went four innings on the mound, allowed two hits and two earned runs, walked twice and struck out five. Mershon allowed four earned runs in three innings.
Girton, Mershon (W, 5) and Lunsford.
2B -- Nv (Girton, Hull, Thomas).