Times Sports Editor
Fortune and shaky defense by Terre Haute North were smiling at the Northview junior varsity baseball team on Wednesday night.
The Knights didn't do too much with the bats during a come back bid from a 5-2 deficit after three-and-a-half innings. Patriot's starter Ryan Moshak only allowed three hits during his five innings of work, but four runs still crossed the plate for Northview.
North took its lead off starting pitcher Tanner Wilson, who gave up six hits and three runs over an inning-plus of work. He gave way to Hetrick in the second inning with the runners on second and third. The sophomore righty gave up a walk to Gabe Sevigny, but then coaxed a grounder that resulted in a force out at home plate. Hetrick then got Greg Hannum on a grounder to end a three-run outburst for North.
The Patriots would increase their lead to 5-2 in the fourth inning off Hetrick as the Patriots scored on an RBI double by Cody Maloon, an infield single by Nathan Will and Moshak reached on an error.
The Knights began to rally, one run at a time, against the Patriots beginning in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Brock Smith walked, Wilson reached on a single to right-centerfield. Smith would get picked off second base, but a misplayed grounder by Joe Ball would score Wilson with two outs.
Walks played a role in the fifth frame as well with Kyle Moore led off with a walk and moved to third on a wild pitch and a passed ball. Jacob Harden would bring him home with an RBI flyout to narrow the Patriots' lead to 5-4.
Northview would finally get its equalizer in the sixth inning on North miscues.
Smith reached on an error by North's shortstop and moved to second on a stolen base. Wilson smacked an RBI single, his third hit of the game, to tie the game. Hetrick would reach on a fielding error by the third baseman and pinch runner Cullen Jones would steal second.
With the go-ahead run in scoring position, Sevigny, who relieved Moshak to start the sixth inning, got Damon Bass and Moore for the second out. However, what should have been a routine grounder by Bo Stewart to second base, was overthrown to first base for the third Patriot error of the inning. The mistake allowed both Jones and Wilson to score to put the Knights ahead 7-5.
The Patriots had one more chance to even the score, but a sliding grab by Ball in centerfield got the first out. Hetrick would get the final out after Tyler Tuberosa reached first on a bad hop infield single. However, he rounded first base too far and was thrown out to cement the Knights' win.
The Northview 'B' team (5-3 overall) travel to Sullivan on Monday at 5 p.m.
2B -- Nv (None), THN (Maloon, Sevigny, Will 2). SB -- Nv (Moore, Stewart, Smith, Wilson, Jones), THN (Sevigny, Will, Moshak). CS -- (Tuberosa).