David Kingery went the first four innings on the mound for Northview and held the Spartans to just a single run while striking out five.
"I'm just glad to get a win," commented Northview coach Gary Witham amid raindrops after the game. "Both of their pitchers were pretty good, especially the second one. I was really impressed."
That second pitcher was Chris McCarter who relieved starter Aaron Cardinal who got little defensive support behind him in the course of his 2 2/3 innings.
The Knights got on the board quickly in the first inning as Jacob Jones reached first base on a passed ball and advanced to second when Kingery was hit by a pitch.
Senior Ryan Hayes drove home the game's first run when he whacked a single to centerfield to drive home Jones.
The Northview half of the second was far from pretty for South Knox as leadoff hitter Brady Shoemaker reached when the Spartan rightfielder dropped his fly ball. A Ryan Herbert walk and a fielder's choice bunt by Tyler Broady left Herbert at second after Shoemaker was forced at third.
Jason Brown came to the plate next and ripped a hard shot towards South Knox third baseman Justin Swain who watched as the ball went between his legs to score Herbert and place Broady on third.
After T.J. King was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Jones hit a sacrifice fly to score Broady before Kingery reached on an error by South Knox's second baseman. The error allowed Brown to score and the Knights had scored four times with no hits on three Spartan errors, a walk and a hit batter.
C.J. Peters would come in to relieve Kingery in the fifth inning and would allow a pair of runs on three walks and a double by Nielsen before settling down to strike out three over his final two innings.
"C.J. is a battler," said Witham afterwards. "He struggled with his curve ball early and he really needs it to be successful, but they (Peters and Kingery) both did pretty well. I was particularly happy with the defense."
The Knights got an insurance run in the sixth inning as King reached first on an excellent hustling infield hit. Kingery was walked after King stole second and Hayes picked up his second RBI with a single to rightfield that capped the scoring.
The Knights will be back in action on Monday with a home game versus conference foe Owen Valley at 5 p.m.
Northview 6, South Knox 3
|Northview (6)||South Knox (3)|
|Jones cf-lf||3||1||0||1||Rehwald lf||2||1||0||0|
|Kingery p-ss||2||0||0||0||Nielson cf||4||0||2||2|
|Hayes dh||4||0||2||2||Vories 1b||3||0||0||0|
|Peters 2b||3||0||0||0||Cardinal p-ss||3||1||1||0|
|Shoemaker lf-2b||4||0||1||0||Swain 3b||2||0||0||0|
|Herbert c||2||1||1||0||Small ph||1||0||0||0|
|Broady rf||2||1||0||0||Lafferty c||3||0||0||1|
|Brown 3b||3||1||0||0||McCarter ss||2||0||0||0|
|Jones cf||0||0||0||0||Singleton ph||1||0||0||0|
2B -- South Knox 1 (Nielson), Northview 2 (Herbert, Shoemaker). SB -- South Knox 1 (Nielson), Northview 2 (King 2). CS -- South Knox (Bement). Sac -- South Knox (Swain), Northview (Jones). HBP -- South Knox (none), Northview 2 (Kingery, King).
|Kingery W (1-0)||4.0||2||1||1||1||5|
|Peters S (1)||3.0||1||2||2||4||4|