Times Sports Editor
Opening day couldn't have gone much better for the Northview baseball team as it wrapped up a 2-0 day with a 27-0 shellacking of Western Boone in the nightcap of the Saturday tournament.
Craig Peters got the five-inning complete game victory, allowing just one hit and striking out nine, as Northview didn't allow a run in its two wins to open the season.
"The pitching was really good. I think we walked two the entire day, which was good. The defense was good as well," Northview coach Scott McDonald said. "It was a good start. In the first game we didn't hit the ball really well, but in the second game, obviously we did a lot better."
After shutting down North Vermillion 6-0 in the first game of the day, the Knights got rolling with a seven-run outburst in the opening frame that effectively took the Stars out of contention early.
Kodie Girton opened the game with a ringing triple that bounced away from the Stars fielder and TJ Decker followed with an RBI single to put the Knights on the board. Decker stole second and third as Conner Pierce walked and stole second. Dan Reberger brought both runners home with a base hit. Tanner Glenn singled, Peters walked to load the bases and Nate Newton drew a walk to bring home a run and Devin Clark's fielder's choice grounder scored Glenn and Peters for a 6-0 lead. Girton came back to the plate to cap the inning with a run scoring single to rightfield.
The second inning was even more ugly for Western Boone as Zach Hull doubled, Pierce tripled into the right-centerfield gap for an RBI and Reberger brought him home with a single. Another single by Glenn loaded the bases and ended Stars' pitcher Tyler Hale's day on the mound.
The second hurler had no more success than the starter as Peters blooped an RBI double on the rightfield line, Newton was hit-by-pitch and Clark reached on one of Western Boone's seven errors in the game.
Decker was hit by another pitch to bring in the fourth of what would end up being a 12-run inning for the Knights.
Northview's bench would get its chance to shine as well with Brock Smith going 2-for-3, Jacob Harden had a base hit and scored twice, Moore drove in a run as did Stewart and Damon Bass doubled to drive in a run.
Overall, the Knights got multi-hit games from Girton, Hull, Pierce, Reberger, Smith and Glenn, who each had two hits. Nine players drove in a run and 13 scored a run.
Peters narrowly missed a no-hitter as Clark saved it to gain the first out of the fifth inning with a diving catch in leftfield. However, Garrett Alexander singled to right to break up the no-hitter. Peters came back to get the final two outs and the victory.
Afterwards, McDonald was understandably happy with his team's offense in a 17-hit attack.
"The thing that I liked is that this team is willing to take the ball the other way, which is a sign of a good hitter," McDonald said. "We had a lot of guys go the other way today. Then when (Western Boone) made a mistake inside, we turned on it. We were able to drive the ball like we are capable of."
2B -- Nv (Hull, Peters, Bass). 3B -- Nv (Girton, Pierce 2, Hull). HR -- None. SB -- Nv (Decker 2, Pierce, Clark).
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