By MATT MCKINNEY
Times Staff Reporter
PLAINFIELD -- Although they fought valiantly, the Northview Knights' varsity baseball team's season ended in a bitter defeat Friday night at the hands of Terre Haute South, 3-2.
It was clear from the beginning that the game would be an old-school, pitching contest. After three innings, Northview starting pitcher Kodie Girton had a no-hitter with five strikeouts. He finished with 12.
However, Braves' pitcher Andrew Reed was able to match him in the first few innings as he had a perfect game going after three, with eight of the nine batters going down via strikeout.
"(Girton) was just phenomenal on the mound," Knights' head coach Scott McDonald said. "Going pitch-for-pitch with (Reed), one of the state's best pitchers. He put his name on the map as far as how he's going to pitch next year, as a senior."
Girton's no-hitter bid ended when his adversary for the evening, Reed, crushed a homer over right field for the first score of the game.
Once again, however, Northview matched the Braves as Zac Niehaus hit a double to centerfield. On the next at-bat, Seth Lunsford hit an RBI single that brought Niehaus home for the game-tying run.
In the sixth inning, the Knights looked to have pulled it off as Lunsford hit the go-ahead RBI that brought TJ Decker home and gave Northview a 2-1 lead.
However, its spirits were crushed in the top of the seventh as Terre Haute South scored two runs off one hit and two walks that ended the half-inning at 3-2.
Northview couldn't respond accordingly in the bottom of the seventh as Zach Hull was able to get to second base, but no further, and the game ended the same way it began, with a strikeout.
"Baseball's weird," McDonald said. "You get dominated, then you dominate. One little play here or there and the game is over. Niehaus had a big hit. We had some other guys that hit the ball really well."
When the Knights exited the field for the final time in the 2011 season, they were greeted by a warm reception of cheers and applause from their family and fans.
HR -- THS (Reed), NV (None). 2B -- THS (None), NV (Niehaus)