ELLETTSVILLE -- The Northview baseball team was up to the task of taking on the Edgewood Mustangs on the road Friday night.
The Knights broke a 2-all tie in the third inning and got a rare, inside-the-park home run by sophomore third baseman Conner Ganly to top Edgewood 6-3. The win keeps Northview unbeaten in Western Indiana Conference play heading into Big Four play against Terre Haute North beginning at noon.
Understandably, coach Scott McDonald was pleased to pick up an important weekend conference win.
"That's a huge win for us," McDonald said. "That's a team that went to the semi-state last year and we faced their No. 1 (pitcher). Our kids responded pretty well. We put the ball into play and were very patient. We had (Edgewood's pitcher) at about 100 pitches through four innings. That was extremely big for us."
Senior Kodie Girton got the start for the Knights and kept the Mustangs mostly in check to gain the pitching victory. Girton threw the opening five innings before giving way to Brock Wheeler, who shut the door for his fourth save of the season.
Zach Hull had a pair of hits and drove in a run for Northview and Conner Pierce added an RBI base hit along with TJ Decker. Craig Peters posted a two-hit game, Tanner Wilson and Bo Stewart each had hits.
Ganly's home run was an interesting one as his hit to leftfield appeared to potentially be a ground rule double as hit got to the fence and reportedly got under it. However, the Mustang outfielder played the ball instead of calling time and Ganly kept running to cross the plate for a two-run home run.
The Knights improve to 11-3 overall, 3-0 WIC) and face the Patriots at noon before playing Terre Haute South in the final game of the evening at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Girton (W, 2-1), Wheeler (6, Sv) and Stewart. HR -- Nv (Ganly).