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Knights, Craig shut out Eagles in WIC battle

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Times Staff Report

NASHVILLE -- The Northview baseball team picked up a conference win on the road Tuesday night behind the shut out pitching of Coleman Craig.

The senior righthander allowed just two hits while striking out four and walking four batters to get the victory.

"Coleman was fantastic last night against Brown County," Northview coach Scott McDonald said. "He had some control issues early, but settled down and cruised for the complete game. Coleman only threw 73 pitches in the game, which shows how efficient he was with his pitches."

The game was scoreless into the fourth inning when Northview posted a four-spot as Connor Pierce picked up a one-out single and Dan Reberger followed with a single to bring home a run. TJ Decker drove a run home with a base hit, Devin Clark walked with two outs and Connor Ganly drove home a pair of runs with a single for the Knights.

The Knights were able to add two more insurance runs in the sixth inning as Bryant Pestoff reached on a leadoff walk. Clark pinch-ran and moved to second on a sacrifice by Ganly and came around to score on a single by Kodie Girton. Zach Hull then drove home Girton with a two-out, RBI single.

McDonald was pleased with how well his team went with the pitches against the Eagles in gaining the WIC victory.

"Our hitters were good in going the other way with the ball. We were able to hit the ball hard and take advantage of our opportunities," McDonald said. "Hull and Ganly getting two-out RBI's was huge for us. The best part was how good our defense was. We spent a lot of time on our defense Monday and it really paid off last night."

Girton had two hits and stole two bases for the Knights while driving in a run and Hull, Reberger, Connor Pierce and Decker each had singles. Tanner Glenn had a triple for the Knights.

The Knights (2-0 WIC, 9-4 overall) hosted Mooresville on Wednesday.

Tuesday night

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Craig (W) and Glenn. Tyler Allison (L), Eddie Patrick (5), Jacob Percifield (7) and Alex Walker, Jacob Lee (6).

2B -- Nv (Girton). 3B -- Nv (Glenn).

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Northview 'C' team falls

The Northview JV Cardinal baseball team was far from sharp defensively on Tuesday night as the visiting South Vermillion Wildcats claimed a 15-7 victory.

Nine errors and seven walks played a large role in the loss as did a potent South Vermillion offense that banged out 12 hits in gaining the victory.

The Knights got a 2-for-4 evening from Austin Butts at the plate as he drove in two runs and had a double. Paul Dickison also had two hits and added an RBI for the Knights. Hunter Slack and Joe Ball each had a hit and an RBI and Braden Timberman posted a base hit in the loss.

The Knights are back in action Friday night with a road trip to Danville at 6 p.m.

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2B -- SV (Morgan), Nv (Butts, Timberman, Ball). 3B -- Nv (Slack). SB -- Nv (Slack, Dickison 3), SV (Vermillion, Shew 2, Bogetto, Terry).