FISHERS -- The Northview baseball team kept busy over the weekend, compiling a 2-1 mark with a win at Martinsville (14-8) and Friday night and splitting on Saturday at Hamilton Southeastern's Royal Classic.
The Knights took game one against Perry Meridian (7-3) before the host Royals edged Northview in the nightcap by a 6-5 score.
One constant throughout the weekend was the bat of sophomore Conner Pierce who compiled seven straight hits between games against Martinsville and Perry Meridian.
Pierce was a perfect 5-for-5 versus the Artesians including a double, four runs scored and two stolen bases. Dan Reberger had two his and scored twice and Tanner Glenn had a double, two runs scored and remarkably, was hit-by-pitch twice. Glenn has now been hit eight times in four games. Kodie Girton had a double, triple and stole two bases and TJ Decker had two hits.
"Offensively we did a great job of going the other way with the ball. Pierce had a fantastic day at the plate, as did Girton, Decker, Reberger, and (Devin) Clark," coach Scott McDonald said. "Brock Wheeler was outstanding in the game and was virtually un-hittable. Peters had good command and really kept them off balance getting a couple of strikeouts on 3-2 curveballs. Tanner Glenn was fantastic tonight blocking pitches in the dirt. Defensively, we were not very good. We cannot allow teams extra outs in games to be successful."
On Saturday, the Knights got strong pitching from Decker and Wheeler, who combined to hold Perry Meridian to three runs and just five hits in a 7-3 victory.
Girton added another triple at the plate and scored twice with Zach Hull smacked two base hits and scoring twice. Pierce had two hits, Reberger doubled in two runs and Clark had a double and scored.
Wheeler relieved Decker and went the final 2 2/3 innings and didn't allow a run while striking out five to gain the save.
"Playing a much better team, we responded very well. Offensively, we put a lot of pressure on their defense by hitting the ball very well," McDonald said. "Girton, Pierce, and Reberger continued to swing the bat very well, Hull started to swing it well, and Clark also got us a timely hit. Decker pitched very well moving the ball in and out, along with mixing his pitches. Wheeler again was very good finishing the game off for us. Brock threw the ball with a lot of confidence and controlled emotion. Defensively, we were much better making some tough plays when we needed them."
In the tourney finale, the Knights fell behind 4-0 after the first two innings and rallied back to tie the game with a three-run fifth inning. Hamilton Southeastern scored twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to score the win.
Craig Peters drilled a three-run home run for the Knights and Hull, Pierce and Reberger each had hits.
"We got down early, but kept battling through against a really good team and took the lead late. They ran a squeeze late in the game that proved to be the difference," McDonald said of the Royals' game-winner. "We had some guys out of position on the play and that was my fault for not going over that particular situation enough. We were able to take a lot of positives from playing three games in two days against quality teams. We really like the direction and mental toughness of this team. Playing a tough schedule is going to develop that for the tournament down the road."
2B -- Nv (Girton, Pierce, Glenn). 3B -- Nv (Girton). SB -- Nv (Girton 2, Pierce 2).
|Wheeler (W, 1-0)||2.0||0||0||0||0||4|
At Hamilton Southeastern
2B -- Nv (Reberger, Clark). 3B -- Nv (Girton). SB -- (None).
|Decker (W, 2-0)||4.1||3||3||4||3||5|
|Wheeler (S, 1)||2.2||0||0||1||2||5|
2B -- Nv (Reberger). HR -- Nv (Peters).
|Smith (L, 0-1)||3.0||2||2||3||0||3|