By ROB HAMILTON
Northmor’s week got off to a good start with a 13-5 win at home against Ridgedale Wednesday. Zach Carroll, James Donner and Daniel Donner combined to strike out 11 and walk eight, as Carroll picked up the win.
Northmor scored three runs in each of the first three innings to take a 9-4 lead and never let their opponents into the contest.
Both Donners finished with three hits in the game, while Jake Farley added a double and single. Both Carroll and Jarod Vanderkooi added a pair of singles. Northmor tallied 15 hits in the contest.
On Friday, the Knights won a pitchers’ duel against Cardington by a 2-1 margin. Northmor scored once in the first and again in the fifth in the road game and then survived a late Pirate rally, as they put a runner across the plate in the sixth inning.
Farley pitched a five-hitter, striking out seven and walking two to pick up the win. James Donner had a double and single, while Carroll added two hits. For the Pirates, Devin Pearl’s two hits paced the offense. Dustin Blanton suffered the loss, striking out six and walking two in five innings of work.
The Knights had games against Centerburg and Pleasant on Saturday. They improved to 3-2 in league play with a 6-1 win over the Trojans in the first contest.
James Donner pitched a complete game, striking out nine and walking one, while holding the Trojans to three hits in a 6-1 win.
Northmor added all of their offense in the first four innings to take a lead they would not surrender.
“James pitched a great game today,” said head coach Buck Workman. “He was dialed in and the defense played well behind him. We were able to mark in the first four innings with the aid of a few errors and some timely hits. Seven different kids each had a hit for us.”
All of Northmor’s hits were singles, but they were aided by four Trojan errors and six walks. After their 5-4 loss to Pleasant in the second game, Northmor fell to 5-5 on the season. They fell behind 3-0 after two innings and trailed 4-1 after five, but scored two in the sixth and one in the top of the seventh to tie things at four. However, the Spartans scored in the home half of the inning to pull out the narrow win.
Zach Neuman, Bryan Hammond and Carroll pitched in the game, with Carroll being the pitcher of record. They struck out three, walked six and surrendered seven hits. Farley, Carroll and Vanderkooi all had two hits for Northmor.
Mount Gilead Indians
On Wednesday, Mount Gilead outlasted Centerburg in a pitchers’ duel to take a 1-0 win in nine innings over the Trojans in a home game.
Xavier Harris and winning pitcher Michael Bland combined for nine strikeouts and six walks while pitching a two-hitter. Harris, Noah Arrington and Ben Hayes all mustered two hits for the Indians, while Dustin McAvoy added a double.
The Indians then took on Crestline in a Saturday doubleheader, winning the first game 9-1. The Indians scored three in the first inning and, after giving up one in the second, put the game away with a six-run fifth inning.
McAvoy picked up the win, striking out four and walking two. He surrendered four hits. Mount Gilead only had four singles in the game, but took advantage of six walks, three hit batters and three errors.
The Indians also won the second game, by a 13-6 margin. After falling behind 3-0 after the first inning of play, MG dominated things the rest of the way to pick up the win. Hayes and Tyler Connors combined to strike out three and walk three, while scattering nine hits. Michael Bland had a double and single in the contest, driving in four runs. Both Hayes and Harris added two hits, while Zac Sturges, Tyler Bland and Zack Foster all had doubles.
Rob Hamilton may be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 204.