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Knights fall to Alices; split on Saturday

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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Tyler Wilson (No. 11) is congratulated after scoring by Zac Niehaus.
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VINCENNES -- The Northview baseball team banged out double-digit hits on the road at Vincennes Lincoln, but couldn't get the productive ones, falling 6-4 to the Alices.

Northview had 10 hits in the game, including four that went for extra bases, but stranded base runners proved to be the difference in the loss.

"We hit the ball decent, but in the clutch situations we could not get the big hit," Northview head coach Scott McDonald said. "We left 12 runners on base, 10 of which were in scoring position. Our defense was not very good. Vincennes is another good team that we have played in preparation for the tournament."

Vincennes got on the board first with five runs over the first three innings off starting pitcher Craig Peters, though just two of those runs were earned.

Northview's bats finally got untracked in the final three frames, getting within 5-3 after two runs in the top of the fifth inning and a single run in the sixth. However, Vincennes added a run to counter the Knights in the sixth.

Andrew Butts smacked a pair of two-base hits in a 3-for-4 game and Zac Niehaus drilled a solo home run for Northview. Kodie Girton added a double, Seth Lunsford was 2-for-3, Joey Thomas was 2-for-4 and Conner Pierce added a base hit.

On the mound, Peters started and went four innings, giving up seven hits, walking four and striking out three. Caleb Mershon came in to relieve Peters, finishing the final two innings, giving up two hits and allowing one earned run and striking out three.

On Saturday, the Knights split a doubleheader with Danville, losing 8-6 in eight innings and winning a 12-0 decision.

In the opener, the Knights jumped out front early with a first inning run, but Danville scored four runs in the third inning. Northview tied the game with three runs of its own in the fourth, but the Warriors tallied two runs in the eighth inning to pick up the victory.

Girton was 2-for-5 at the plate with a triple and three RBI and Tyler Wilson was 2-for-4, scored twice and stole a base. Zach Hull hit a double, Butts had an RBI base hit, Thomas added a hit and Lunsford drew three walks.

In the second game, the Knights scored in each of the first four innings to rout Danville by a 12-0 score.

Caleb Mershon threw a complete game over five innings and allowed just three hits with no walks.

Girton was 3-for-3 at the plate with a home run, two RBI and three runs scored. TJ Decker had two hits with an RBI and a double, Thomas also had a double and Niehaus drove home three with a 2-for-3 game. Both Wilson and Butts scored twice and had a hit with Wilson gathering two RBI. Hull added a base hit in the win.

The Knights will travel to Carmel for the Greyhound Invite beginning on Friday and continuing to Saturday.

At Vincennes Lincoln

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2B -- Nv (Girton, Butts 2). HR -- Nv (Niehaus).

Pitching

NorthviewIPRHBBK
Peters (L)4.05743
Mershon2.01203

Game one

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Northview10030200-68x

2B -- Nv (Hull). 3B -- Nv (Girton). SB -- Nv (Wilson).

Pitching

NorthviewIPRHBBK
Kleiber4.04464
Peters (L)3.04514
Wheeler1.00003

Game two

Danville0000000-03x
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2B -- Nv (Thomas, Decker). 3B -- Nv (Wilson). HR -- Nv (Girton). SB -- Nv (Girton).

Pitching

NorthviewIPRHBBK
Mershon (W)5.00306