May 6, 2014
By ROB HAMILTON
Northmor smashed Lucas 14-0 in five innings to win their second game at Saturday’s Hillsdale Tournament thanks to an eight-run second inning.
Jake Farley pitched a one-hitter for the Knights, also walking one and striking out three. Offensively, Northmor got 12 hits, with James Donner leading the way with two doubles and two singles. Zach Neuman had a three-run home run and a single, while Zach Carroll added a double and single and Farley helped his cause with a pair of hits.
In the first game, the Knights lost a tough game against Copley. Northmor trailed 7-1 after four innings, but scored five in the top of the fifth to get within one score. However, their opponents put up four in the bottom of that inning to go in front 11-6 and then held off a seventh-inning rally to win 11-8.
James Donner, Neuman and Daniel Donner combined to strike out five, but the trio also gave up 11 hits and 10 walks, while the defense committed three errors behind them. James Donner suffered the loss.
Carroll smashed a grand slam in that fifth inning and added a single. Neuman added a two-run homer and Daniel Donner finished with a double.
“Copley is a Division I team out of Akron,” said head coach Buck Workman. “Our boys fought hard, but in the end, it came down to 10 walks and three errors that proved to be the difference.”
Earlier in the week, the Knights suffered another loss to a Division I team, as 14-4 Mount Vernon topped them 12-2 on Thursday.
Losing pitcher Carroll and James Donner combined to strike out four, walk three and surrender 11 hits, while Daniel Donner led the offense with two hits.
Mount Gilead Indians
Mount Gilead dropped an 8-7 decision to Cardington Thursday in nine innings. In the back-and-forth game, the Indians took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but their hosts tied the score in the bottom of the frame. Then, after Mount Gilead scored three times in the top of the third, they watched the Pirates tie things up again in the bottom of that inning and then take a 7-5 lead in the fifth.
The Indians tied the score in the top of the seventh, which is how it stayed until Cardington scored once in ninth to take the walk-off win.
On the next day, the Indians suffered a 14-3 loss to league-leading Fredericktown. Xavier Harris and Dustin McAvoy combined to strike out six, walk nine and give up 11 hits.
Harris led the team offensively with a pair of singles.
Rob Hamilton may be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 204.