Chiefs ousted by rivalPublished 12:21pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The Northview Chiefs’ playoff run ended Friday night in a 3-0 1A region championship loss to district rival Holmes County.
The two teams split the season series with each winning on the road, but the Chiefs fell short Friday largely due to a lack of hitting, coach Martin Lister said.
“We didn’t hit,” he said. “We got one hit all game.”
Northview allowed two runs in the first inning and had held Holmes County to no more than three runs the last two games, which were both losses.
“A little bit of a mental side got us,” Lister said.
Chasen Freeman got the Chiefs only hit of the game.
Lister said he feels confident going into next season with a “good nucleus of sophomores and juniors.” Northview loses four seniors who played everyday for the team including pitcher and shortstop Kevin Vaughan.
The Chiefs will retain pitcher Daulton Tullis, catcher and pitcher Brannon Freeman, backup catcher R.J. Pritchett and the hot-hitting Thomas Moore, who hit .333 with only 10 at-bats this season while coming off the bench.
“We’ll be looking for guys to fill some shoes,” Lister said, noting needs at left field and midfield.
Lister said his first year at Northview and his first year as a head coach was “good.”
“I got to lead a great group of kids,” he said. “It was a lot of work, but a lot of fun. We got to the regional championship. I would’ve liked to have gotten a step farther.”