Friday, May 12, 2017
Bishop Noll Institute
Griffith High School
Bishop Noll picked up a big win Friday night, knocking off Griffith on the road by a final score of 4-2.
Noll senior, Zach Hoffman, kept the Panthers in check all night and worked his way out of a few jams to preserve the win. The hard-throwing right-hander went the distance, striking out six and allowing only four hits.
Already up 1-0 heading into the top of the third, junior Ryan Kielbania came up with a big two-out base hit to left, scoring two runs. The Warriors added an insurance run in the top of the 5th on fielding error to make it a 4-2 ballgame. That’s all Hoffman and Noll’s defense needed, as Griffith was unable to get another runner across the plate. Senior John Dado, who was 1-3 with two runs score, helped end two innings by making tough outs with runners in scoring position. Sophomore Danny Villarreal also chipped in at the plate, going 2-4.
“I’m really proud of the way our guys played tonight,” said Noll head coach, Tony Hoolehan. “This was about as close as you can get to playoff baseball and our players stepped up and responded in a big way against a good Griffith team. Zach pitched a great game and our defense made some huge plays behind him in clutch situations. You can’t say enough about Dado and the way he played at third base tonight. We also hit the ball well, picking up some timely hits to keep us ahead of Griffith all game.”
Noll now has won three consecutive games to improve to 14-8 on the season and will have two days off before returning to action at Merrillville on Monday night. First pitch set for 7 p.m.