Knights finish in tie for Blue title
By ROB HAMILTON
Northmor finished the regular season in a three-way tie for first place in the Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference Blue Division.
The Knights won two of three league games last week to finish 6–5 in the league. That record tied them with Cardington and Pleasant.
Their week started with a 12–2 win over Mount Gilead last Monday. Northmor scored three in the first and then added four in both the third and fifth to move in front by an 11–2 margin. One more run in the sixth ended the game, per the 10-run rule.
Zach Fout took the win, pitching a three-hitter. He struck out five and walked five.
Northmor banged out eight hits in the contest, with Josh Corns having a double and single and Charlie Burggraf added two singles.
For Mount Gilead, Zach Sturges, Nick Gress, Jake Sturges, Brandon Young and Tyler Bashaw combined to strike out three and walk 17.
“We did a nice job at the plate and taking what they gave us,” said Northmor coach Buck Workman. “We had some key hits when we needed them and scored a lot of runs with two outs.”
The Knights then got a big league win Thursday against Cardington, who had topped them earlier in the season. This time, Northmor broke open a scoreless tie in the fourth with a huge 13-run inning and went on to win 13–0 in five.
Zach Wiseman pitched a two-hitter, striking out eight and walking one to earn the win. Corns had a two-run homer and single, while Fout added a two-run homer and double and Wiseman helped his cause with two hits. Josh Montgomery added a double.
Cardington’s Zach Lothes, Justin Blanton and Cody Hitchman combined to strike out one and walk six, while surrendering eight hits. K.C. Brown smacked a double for the Pirates.
However, the Knights would not get sole possession of the Blue title, as they dropped a 7–6 decision at River Valley Friday. Seven errors led to four of those Viking runs being unearned.
The Knights scored four in the top of the first, but the Vikings had tied the score at five after two frames.
After Northmor took a one-run lead in the third, they were held scoreless the rest of the way. River Valley tied the score in the fourth and went ahead in the sixth to take the win.
Wiseman and Zach Carroll, who suffered the loss, combined to strike out four and walk three, while giving up nine hits.
Northmor was held to four hits, with Montgomery smacking a double.