Noblesville High School baseball coach Justin Keever wasn’t complaining after his team scored three runs in the first two innings and then relied on solid pitching the rest of the way Thursday in a 3-1 victory over Westfield at Westfield High School.

Millers starting pitcher Klay Holzworth struck out 11 batters, scattering four hits in six solid innings.

“(Klay) was a bulldog out there,” Keever said. “He struggled with his footing early, you get on an opponents’ mound, try to get use to it bet he found it, and then Kade Gorman came in and shut them down.”

Gorman shut the door on the Shamrocks with a strike out and two groundouts, walking a batter.

The Millers struck quickly in the top of the first with a two-run home run to straight away center field by senior Mark Goudy off Westfield starter Zach Zaborowski. Miller senior Tyler Owens opened the game with a walk and scored on Goudy’s blast.

“That was huge to get us going like that,” Keever said. “Tyler stepped up and drew a big opening walk, then Gaudy just let it go. It would have been out almost anywhere. This (field) being 395 to center field is one of the biggest in the area. He squared up on that ball pretty good -- baseball is hard. We had to make our three runs hold up. Westfield is a good team, and they played well.”

Westfield scored its lone run in the bottom of the first inning. Senior Matt Meyer reached base on a walk, and he advanced on a balk by Holzworth. Meyer then scored on Kyle Pepiot’s double.

The Millers scored their only other run in the second inning. Sophomore Cooper Miles scored on a Westfield error. Turner got on base by being hit by a pitch, and he then reached second base on a fielder’s choice by Bryce Randolph. Then Jackson Ramey reached third on a three-base error, scoring Turner.

The second inning summed up the season for Westfield pitching this year. Aside from the error, two Miller batters reached by a hit by pitch, and another walked.

“Right now, we seem to be playing against and getting beat by ourselves,” Westfield coach Ryan Bunnell said. “But it is just us trying to get overcome a spring break hangover. We’ve played two games after having 10 days off." 

Bunnell was pleased with Zaborowski's effort. The sophomore pitched four and a third innings, striking out six batters.

“But, we are getting better,” Bunnell added. “We put on eight baserunners by either hit-by-pitch or walk today, and that number was 13 on Tuesday. We are starting to improve, but we are still sloppy. We are a good team when we cut those mistakes.”