By ROB HAMILTON
Zach Carroll did all he could to ensure Northmor topped Centerburg last Monday by pitching a no-hitter. While the senior pitcher walked four, he struck out 14 and allowed no runs in a 2-0 win.
“Carroll was on top of his game tonight, throwing his second high school no-hitter and the defense played really well on the balls that were put in play,” said Knight coach Buck Workman.
James Donner and Daniel Donner combined for four of the team’s six hits with James hitting for a double and single and Daniel added a pair of one-base hits. Workman also cited James Donner for making a nice defensive play on a hard hit ball that bounced off Carroll’s foot to preserve the no-hitter.
The Knights would not be able to top Fredericktown Wednesday, as the Freddies dominated the early innings in an 11-2 win, scoring four in the first and two more in the second. Then, with the score 6-2 going into the final frame, the host Knights gave up five more runs to provide the game’s final margin.
Jake Farley, who took the loss, and Bryan Hammond combined to give up nine hits, striking out seven and walking four in the process.
Jarod Vanderkooi had a double and single, while James Donner, Mitchell Whisler and Jake Farley all added two singles.
Northmor then swept Mansfield St. Peter’s in a Saturday doubleheader to improve to 8-6 overall. The team is 4-3 in league play.
In the first game, a 9-6 win, the Knights led most of the way, but struggled to pull away from their opponents. With the score tied 3-3 going into the bottom of the fourth, though, Northmor got three runs in their half of the inning and added one more in the fifth to take a lead they would not surrender.
Zach Neuman picked up the win for Northmor as he, Jordan Wiseman and James Donner combined to strike out 11 and walk five. Carroll finished with a double and single, while Daniel Donner, Gunnar Lilly and Whisler all had two hits.
There was a lot less success in the second game, as Northmor scored four in the first inning and never looked back in taking a five-inning 13-2 win.
Daniel Donner struck out seven and walked two in picking up the win, while both James Donner and Neuman had a double and single. Devin McIe added two hits.
Mount Gilead Indians
A busy week for the Mount Gilead baseball team opened with an 8-1 win at Ridgedale Monday. Xavier Harris picked up the win, as he and two other pictures combined to strike out 11 and surrender four hits.
Mount Gilead only had three hits in the game, including a Tyler Conners’ double and Harris homer, but took advantage of four Rocket errors.
On the next night, the Indians took a 13-0 win over Ridgemont in six innings. Zack Foster struck out three in going the distance to earn the win. Harris finished with four of the team’s hits, while Tyler Bland and Zac Sturges both added two more.
Wednesday saw Mount Gilead suffer their first loss of the week, as Highland visited the Indians and took a 7-0 win. Noah Arrington suffered the loss, as he and two other pitcher combined to strike out three, walk the same number and surrender 12 hits. Both Harris and Conners had doubles offensively.
Other than those two hits, Scot pitcher Dalton Stambaugh only surrender one other single. He struck out 13 to earn the win. He also had a double, while Jett Swetland added a double and single. Jeremy Gahm had three hits and Byron Belcher tallied two base knocks.
The Indians rebounded on Thursday to top Hillsdale 3-1 in a road game. All of Mount Gilead’s runs came in the third, while they held their opponents scoreless until the final inning.
Harris led the team offensively with a double, while Michael Bland picked up the win, striking out eight and walking three while pitching a one-hitter.
Then, on Saturday, the Indians split a home doubleheader with Danville. They won the first game 5-1 thanks to a complete-game seven-strikeout performance by Dustin McAvoy. Offensively, both Michael Bland and Conners tallied doubles.
In the second game, it looked like the Indians would be heading to another win, as they took a 6-2 lead through three frames. Unfortunately for the locals, Danville racked up six runs in the fourth inning and held Mount Gilead to one run through their final four innings at the plate to win by an 8-7 margin.
Ben Hayes suffered the loss, as he and Noah Arrington combined to strike out eight and walk one. Only two of Danville’s eight scored runs were earned.
Foster smacked a home run for the Indians and Conners added a double. Also, Sturges picked up three singles in the contest.
Rob Hamilton may be reached at 419-946-3010, ext. 204.