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Knights win pitchers' dual against Cougars

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dan Reberger (No. 31) is congratulated by teammate TJ Decker (No. 17) after an RBI fly ball. [Order this photo]
Times Staff Report

Northview proved on Tuesday night that they won't have to outscore teams to win baseball games this season.

The Knights allowed a first inning run to the visiting Bloomington North Cougars and then shut the door in winning a 2-1 pitchers' dual to improve to 6-1 overall this season.

Freshman Damon Bass went 6 1/3 innings to gain the victory for the Knights and gave up just four hits and the lone unearned run.

Northview coach Scott McDonald was pleased with Bass' ability to throw strikes in the windy, chilly conditions.

"It was critical for him to throw strikes given the conditions that we were playing in. He was able to throw both his change up and curveball for strikes and we never threw the same pitch twice. Damon was a little nervous at the beginning, but the older guys started rallying around him as the game progressed."

The Cougars' Colby Stratten made it look as if that one-run lead might stand up during the first half of the game, but the Knights made some 'small ball' work in the fifth inning.

Freshman Damon Bass fires a pitch home during his victory over Bloomington North on Tuesday night. Bass allowed just one run over more than six innings of work. [Order this photo]
Devin Clark smacked a lead-off single to the right side to get the Knights rolling in the decisive frame and T.J. Decker set the plate with a one-out single. Senior Zach Hull loaded the bases by drawing a walk and Statten's evening was over on the mound.

Michael Oliphant came in to relieve Stratten and got Conner Pierce to send a sharp grounder just out of the reach of Stratten at shortstop for an RBI single. Dan Reberger followed with a sacrifice fly to score Decker with the eventual game-winner.

North got the scoring started in the first inning when Adam Cornwell reached on an error off his drag bunt. He stole second and then came around to score on Oliphant's double.

In the seventh inning, the Cougars threatened again.

The potential game-ending strikeout got interesting when the ball was in the dirt. The throw to first was errant and the Cougars' Paul Woelmer was waved home, but he was thrown out at the plate to end the game.

"They did a great job in not seeing the moment for what it was, but for the job that they were being asked to do," McDonald said. "The final out of the game where Tanner made a great block, Zach (Hull) knocked the ball down and made a great throw and Brock Wheeler was in the right place at the right time to finish it. It was a tremendous confidence builder to win a tight game where we came from behind against a very talented opponent. I am not sure who was more excited, the kids or the coaches last night. The chemistry for this team is starting to come together as guys learn their roles for our success."

The Knights (6-1 overall) are at Shakamak on Thursday


At Northview

Richardson ss4010Decker ss3110
Oliphant 1b3011Hull 1b1010
Stratton c4000Pierce lf3011
Hurt 3b3000Reberger 3b2001
Stratten p2000Glenn c2000
J.Ryan rf3010Wilson dh2010
Clark lf2000Peters 2b3020
Jolivette 2b1000Clark rf3110
B.Ryan ph1000Bass p0000
Woelmer rf0000Smith 3b0000
Wheeler p0000
Ball pr0000

2B -- Nv (Hull), BN (Oliphant). SB -- Nv (None), BN (Cornwell, Oliphant). CS -- Nv (Clark, Ball).


Bass (W, 1-0)6.110431
Wheeler (S, 2)0.200002
Stratten (L, 1-1)4.022512