Northview takes two in district all-star tourney
Northview's 11U all-star team moved to 2-0 in the Cal Ripken League District 1 Tournament with a 7-2 victory over Laurinburg Optimist's all-star team Saturday at Camelot Park.
Northview, the all-stars from Deep River Northview Optimist Park's spring season, turned a nip-and-tuck contest into what looked like an easy win with three runs in the sixth and final inning. Laurinburg edged ahead with a run in the first and Northview needed clutch two-out hitting to get the lead, even if it was one hard-fought run at a time.
Laurinburg, with Nick Callahan starting on the mound, escaped the Northview first after Joshua Thomas singled with one out and moved around to third on a stolen base and wild pitch. Timmy Parker nailed a one-hopper which Callahan snagged and tossed home to get Thomas in a rundown, and eventually out. Laurinburg got out of the frame from there.
Laurinburg, facing Parker on the mound, took a 1-0 lead as leadoff hitter Matt Sellers walked, then came in to score on a single by Callahan.
Northview answered in the second with Dean Carver singling with one out, then scoring from third on Logan Hair's two-out double, a shot to deep right field.
In the Northview third, Thomas Harrington and Parker hit singles. Caleb Reynolds grounded out to bring Harrington in to score for a 2-1 Northview lead.
After Laurinburg got a tally in the bottom of the third, Northview scratched one across again. Ryan Jones walked with one down and raced around from second when Harrington shot a ground into center field for a two-out single.
Parker allowed a walk to open Laurinburg's fourth before striking out the side to keep a 3-2 edge. Parker went on to fire a complete game, allowing six hits and two walks while striking out six.
Reynolds drove a high fly over the fence in left-center field for a solo home run in the fifth, leading to a celebratory explosion involving the whole Northview team when Reynolds returned to the plate.
Northview added three more runs in the sixth. Keshaun Mays singled, Harrington singled and a bunt by Thomas turned into an error, and all three came around to score.
Reynolds, in the clean-up spot, went 2-for-4 with three RBI. Harrington went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.
Earlier Saturday, West Chatham defeated Hamlet 6-0. Northview improved to 3-0 in the tournament, and 8-0 on the summer, later in the afternoon with an 19-1 win over Sandhills Optimist.
Northview scored 15 runs in the second inning to take a 16-0 lead. Parker went 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI. Tucker Nooe went 3-for-4 with two doubles. Reynolds knocked in three RBI, giving him nine RBI for the tournament.
The district championship is slated for this afternoon.