After a wild 17-13 victory on Tuesday night, the Knights got out to an early lead and then held on for the win despite a late rally by the Lakers, 4-2.
Unlike Tuesday's game versus Plainfield, both squads got solid outings from their starting pitchers who each went five or more innings.
The Knights got the real gem out of the deal as Michael Stuckey had his best outing of the season.
Stuckey allowed just a pair of hits to Jeremy Stevenson through six innings while pitching shutout ball against Shakamak. "I can't say enough about (Michael) Stuckey," said Northview coach Gary Witham afterwards. "He had a great night tonight and pitched a really good one."
While the lefthander was throwing blanks against Shakamak, Northview got on the board quick behind the strength of the top half of their lineup.
In the first inning, leadoff batter T.J. King blooped a single to rightfield to open things up for Northview. He would move to second on a wild pitch before senior David Kingery rocketed a two-run homerun to right center for a 2-0 Northview lead after one inning of play.
The Knights would extend that lead in the third inning as once more King opened the inning with a single to spark the offense.
Jacob Jones laid down a nice bunt in an attempt to sacrifice King to second but the throw to first base on the play was wild and left both runners safe and on the corners.
King would score on a wild, fourth ball to Kingery which left Northview leading 3-0 and with runners on first and second base. Jones would eventually move to third base when an errant pick off attempt to second got past the fielder.
The Knights then used a bit of aggressive, one-out baserunning when Kingery allowed himself to be caught in a rundown between second and first that drew just enough attention away from Jones so that he could beat the throw home and give Northview a 4-0 lead.
Stuckey would make that lead hold up by giving up just a pair of hits while striking out five through six innings.
In the top of the seventh however, Shakamak made things interesting with back-to-back doubles to open the inning, narrowing the lead to 4-1.
After Stuckey got the first two outs, Cody Stockrahm ripped a triple down the rightfield line to score Josh McDaniel from second base. Suddenly Shakamak had new life. When Brent Essex walked to put runners on the corners with the Lakers' number three hitter in the lineup approaching the plate, Stuckey's stellar effort came to a close after six and two-thirds innings and just two earned runs and five hits allowed.
Jason Brown came in to relieve Stuckey and assured him of the well-earned win by getting Brian Barber to ground out to end the game.
"This was a big win for us," commented Witham. "They've got a great program. We knew that they had a lot of left-handed kids in their lineup and Stuckey did a great job against them."
The Knights are now 6-1 overall headed into a Saturday double-header with conference rival Brown County on the road.
Northview 4, Shakamak 2
|Northview (4)||Shakamak (2)|
2B -- Northview (None), Shakamak 2 (McDaniel, Davis). 3B -- Northview (None), Shakamak (Stockrahm). HR -- Northview (Kingery). SB -- None. HBP -- Northview (Herbert), Shakamak (McDaniel).