THIEMAN
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Noblesville High School baseball coach Justin Keever summed up his team’s performance pretty matter-of-factly following a 7-2 loss to Fishers in the second game of a doubleheader Thursday at Donald J. Dunker Field.

“We just have to be better at the plate,” Keever said, as Tigers pitchers struck out 18 Miller batters of the 21 outs. “Things like that, we simply need to clean up, and the only way to do that is to just go back out there.”

Fishers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader. Two of those runs came on Tigers’ pitcher Grant Richardson crushing a pitch over the right field wall for a two-run homer.

“(Richardson) is a great hitter as it is,” Fishers coach Matthew Cherry said. “But, his teammates give him a hard time because he hits better when he is pitching. But it was good for him to get that lead before he went on the mound.”

Richardson took that 3-0 lead and pitched a solid game, going five innings and striking out 12 Millers.

Noblesville scored its runs in the bottom of the first and sixth innings. Jacob Thieman hit a single in the first inning, scoring Noblesville pitcher Tyler Owens, who opened Noblesville’s batting with a double off the left-field wall.

The Millers didn’t score again until the sixth.

“He was commanding with both his curve and fast ball,” Cherry said of Richardson, who struck out the side in the second inning.

That came after Ben Burton added to the Tigers’ lead with a two-run single in the top of the second inning.

Fishers controlled the game the rest of the way, pushing the lead to 7-1 in the fourth inning on Kiel Brenczewski’s two-run homer. Tigers’ pitchers Alex Klotz and Griffin Rhoads each pitched an inning and struck out three batters each. Fishers held Noblesville to just five hits for the game.

“We saw two good arms today,” Keever said of Fishers, as Luke Albright struck out 11 Miller batters and allowed one hit for a 3-0 victory in the opener. “We have a good group of kids, and hopefully they will learn their lessons and get after it.”

Noblesville will get a chance at 4 p.m. today when the teams close out the three-game series at Fishers. The Tigers are looking for the sweep, as they defeated the Millers 3-0 in game one on Thursday.