Chiefs win two straightPublished 6:18pm Thursday, February 28, 2013
Solid pitching performances have led to two straight district wins for the Northview Chiefs baseball team.
Kevin Vaughan pitched a one-hit shut out of Baker on Tuesday and Daulton Tullis gave up two hits and struck out eight in a win Thursday against Freeport.
The Chiefs helped out their pitcher both nights, scoring 10 runs in a run-rule shortened five inning affair in Baker and beating Freeport 9-1 Thursday.
It didn’t take long for the Northview bats to heat up on a chilly night, as the Chiefs scored four runs in the first inning.
A single by senior Winston Riley scored senior Chad Smith and sophomore Chasen Freeman. Later in the inning, Vaughan, who knocked in Freeman, scored on a hit by Tullis.
Northview led 4-0 at the end of one.
Coach Martin Lister praised the team’s timely hitting in the win.
“We came out and got hits when we needed to get hits,” he said.
He added that parts of the game, especially hitting, were sloppy and would need to be corrected moving forward.
“Hopefully we’ll learn from it,” he said. “We’re playing OK.”
Tullis retired the side in order in the second and picked up two strikeouts before the Chiefs were back to work in the bottom of the inning.
Jody Bonner got to first after being hit by a pitch. He later stole second base before Smith was also hit by a pitch.
Chasen Freeman struck out with men on first and second, but Riley hit a double to clear the bases. Vaughan hit an infield single later in the inning. The Chiefs took a 6-1 lead into the next inning.
Freeport was able to score its only run of the game in the top of the third inning, but Tullis was able to retire the side and added two more strikeouts to his total.
Northview began the bottom of the fourth inning with a walk Smith and Chasen Freeman being hit by a pitch. Riley walked to load the bases before Vaughan hit into a fielder’s choice that scored Smith.
Vaughan stole second base before David Burkett hit a double that scored Chasen Freeman. Tullis walked and was replaced at first by Trey Johnson. Burkett was thrown out while trying to steal third to end the inning.
The Chiefs led 8-1 going into the fifth inning.
Tullis gave up no hits and a walk in the half inning.
Justin Halterman was walked with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Bonner was also walked before Smith singled to load the bases.
Chasen Freeman was walked to score Halterman to give the Chiefs a 9-1 lead going into the sixth.
Tullis retired the Freeport side in order at the top of the sixth.
Brannon Freeman singled with two outs in the bottom of the sixth. He stole second, but was stranded when Halterman struck out.
Freeport batters were retired without scoring in the seventh to end the game.