Whether a team wins pretty or wins ugly, a victory is still a victory.
Northview's 17-13 win over Plainfield at home on Tuesday night was about as far away from a thing of beauty as possible, but it still counts in the win column.
The Knights fell behind in the early going 6-3 as the Quakers got to starting pitcher David Kingery for some early damage.
"David struggled early but I thought that once he settled down he really kept them at bay," said Northview coach Gary Witham.
Kingery gave up an early homerun in his five innings of work, giving up a total of six runs, just three earned, while striking out three and walking one.
Despite those troubles though, he had a comfortable lead through five innings on the strength of some Plainfield control problems on the mound and Northview patience at the plate.
In the bottom half of the fifth frame, starting Quaker pitcher Cameron Wolfe gave up back-to-back singles to T.J. King and Jacob Jones. Each moved into scoring position on an error by Plainfield's centerfielder who misplayed Jones' hit.
But the Knights were just getting started.
Following the pair of hits, Plainfield would walk the next five Northview batters, forcing home King, Jones, Kingery and Ryan Hayes to put the Knight ahead 9-6 before catcher Ryan Herbert stepped to the plate.
He would rip a double to the wall to score a pair before another walk, a single and a hit batsman would set up Kingery to double down the rightfield line to score two more runs.
When the dust cleared in the inning, the Knights had tallied 10 runs on four hits, including six walks, a hit batter and an error. Northview left the inning with a 15-6 lead that seemed quite safe.
However, C.J. Peters headed to the mound and had some control problems of his own.
Peters would give up a pair of runs on two hits and three walks in the top of the sixth inning to make the score 15-8.
Northview would bounce right back however on a two-run homerun by Herbert to boost the Knight's lead to 17-8 heading into the final frame.
Plainfield would not go quietly.
The Quakers got to Peters once again, this time for four hits, including back-to-back doubles that plated five runs before King relieved him.
King was able to get the final pair of outs to close the door on the win for the Knights.
"Our defense was pretty good tonight but we can't give up that many runs and expect to run," said Witham. "We did a good job at the plate being patient and we hit the ball hard."
The Knights were lead at the plate by Jones who had three hits, four runs scored, an RBI and a triple. Kingery had a pair of hits, including a double, two runs scored and four RBI's. Herbert added four RBI's of his own on a double and a homerun.
Eight Northview players had at least one hit.
The Knights remain at home tonight for a junior varsity/varsity doubleheader beginning at 5 p.m. versus Class A No. 12 Shakamak.
On Monday night, Northview's "B" and "C" teams each got victories over West Vigo in road contests.
The "B" squad got a dramatic pinch-hit two-run homerun by freshman Andrew Griffin to pull off a 7-5 victory over the Vikings.
Brandon Riddell got the win on the mound for the Knights who are now 2-1 this season.
Ryan Nees had two hits, two RBI's and a stolen base. Craig Trout added three hits while scoring two runs and adding an RBI while Troy Sanders had two hits and two RBI's. Kyle Nees also had two hits.
In the "C" game, the Knights pounced early and often on West Vigo as they pulled away for a 20-1 win in just three innings.
2B -- Northview 2 (Kingery, Herbert). 3B -- Northview (Jones). HR -- Northview (Herbert).