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BASEBALL: Dry offense in wet weather

Northviews Shaw slides across home plate to score in the opening game of Saturdays Orval Huffman Invitational. The Knights conquered the Stars 6-2.

Northview’s Trey Shaw slides across home plate to score in the opening game of Saturday’s Orval Huffman Invitational. The Knights conquered the Stars 6-2.

After fast start, Northview

shuts down Stars for 6-2 win

in opener of Huffman Invite

Box score

By Justin Sokeland

TheHHCSports,com

After scoring two runs in the first inning, Bedford North Lawrence’s offense dried up. Northview also started fast but continued to sprinkle in runs – kind of like the wonderful weather of late.

The Knights made the most of 6 hits and a quick-strike attack to conquer the Stars 6-2 in the opening game of the Orval Huffman Invitational on Saturday afternoon. BNL slipped to 15-10 and dropped into the consolation round of its own event to meet the Pike-Mooresville loser.

Northview (17-6) scored three runs in the first against BNL hurler Tanner McBride. The first four batters jumped on the first pitch they saw, and the Knights had five hits from the first six in the lineup to send a shock-and-awe signal across the diamond. Dalton Shaw cracked a RBI double while Andrew Osborn and Trey Shaw followed with run-scoring singles before water was thrown on the fire.

“I thought we came out of the gate, in a game where we obviously has to get some hits,” Northview coach Craig Trout said. “We got the runs on the board early.”

BNL shortstop Drew Hensley tags out Northviews Matt Clawson during a steal attempt at second base.

BNL shortstop Drew Hensley tags out Northview’s Matt Clawson during a steal attempt at second base.

The Stars countered with two runs in the first. Drew Hensley singled and Michael Underwood was hit by a pitch. Cole Mathews singled in the first run and the second scored as Austin Long grounded into a double play – the first of three twin killings that smothered rallies.

From that point, Northview sophomore starter Braydon Tucker (5-1) was slippery to pin down. The Stars totaled 8 hits,  but the double plays were devastating. BNL had the bases loaded in the seventh with a chance to rally, but the final perfectly-placed ground ball was the final nail.

“We had a couple of opportunities,” BNL coach Jeff Callahan said. “We couldn’t get him  out of his rhythm.”

Northview added two runs in the second without a hit, and that working margin was crucial. A walk, a hit batter and a throwing error were costly.

BNL starter Tanner McBride allowed only 6 hits but gave up 4 earned runs.

BNL starter Tanner McBride allowed only 6 hits but gave up 4 earned runs.

“Against a good team, if you give them extra at-bats and what I call free bases, you’re going to have trouble,” Callahan said. “Good teams take advantage of that.”

The Knights added a final run in the third as Trey Shaw singled to right, was sacrificed to second, cruised to third on a wild pitch and scored on Luke Lancaster’s sacrifice fly.

Trey Shaw had two hits for the Knights while Mathews totaled a pair for the Stars.