The Times photo by Stephanie Amador // Noblesville senior Mark Goudy loads up before delivering a sixth-inning RBI single in the Millers 7-3 win over Avon Thursday.
The Times photo by Stephanie Amador // Noblesville senior Mark Goudy loads up before delivering a sixth-inning RBI single in the Millers 7-3 win over Avon Thursday.

The Noblesville Millers continued their winning ways Thursday with a 7-3 victory over Hoosier Crossroads Conference rival Avon at Dunker Field.
Noblesville won its eighth straight game on the strength of its defense over the Orioles, as the Millers turned four double plays, never allowing Avon to get into a rhythm.

“Our defense was really sharp tonight with some big double plays tonight,” Noblesville coach Justin Keever said. “None was bigger than a 1-6-3 to help stymie a potential big-scoring inning in the fifth. We got some big ground balls, played them nicely and were able to get double plays to squash any momentum.”

Relief pitcher Kade Gorman came on to register the final five outs for the Millers. Two came in the sixth inning, with runners on first and second and one out. Gorman got Braedon Payne to ground into a 6-4-3 double play.

The Orioles provided a scare in the top of the seventh, notching a couple hits and loading the bases. However, Gorman retired Mark Gemmer with a deep fly ball to left field to secure the victory.

Noblesville has won 13-of-15 games since April 21 and closes the regular season tonight with a 19-10 record in a final preparation for next week’s sectional.

A victory tonight against Avon would give the Millers a ninth straight victory, which comes at the best time to be playing good baseball. Noblesville opens sectional play Wednesday against Westfield, following the opener between Carmel and Hamilton Southeastern.
“We have found ways to win ball games,” Keever said. “They are playing smart baseball in the way they are manufacturing runs on offense and making big plays on defense.”