- Pair of homeruns leads to 12-2 win in five innings -
Amazing what a couple of extra days off can do for a team's bats.
The Northview's baseball team had Saturday off after rain and lightning canceled a pair of games in the Big Four tournament and the North Central Thunderbirds felt the wrath on Tuesday evening.
The Knights struck with as much power as Saturday's storm on the way to a 12-2, five-inning win over North Central.
In the process, the Knights hammered a pair of homeruns, a triple and another shot to the fence that finished the game in the fifth inning.
"We've really been working on our hitting a lot lately," commented Northview coach Gary Witham. "We really hit the ball well tonight. I think we're capable of hitting like that because we have a lot of good young hitters on this team."
Northview's power display began in the second inning as Brady Shoemaker singled to open the inning and later came home on a Tyler Broady single. C.J. Peters would walk and score on a single by Craig Trout who got the start at catcher and T.J. King would begin a three-hit game with a two RBI single that brought home both Broady and Trout.
Peters got the assignment on the mound and kept the Thunderbirds guessing through the first three innings.
He wouldn't allow a hit until the fourth frame and struck out four over the first three innings during which the Knights extended their lead.
In most cases in nature, thunder follows lightning but in Tuesday's case, the four-run thunder in the second inning was followed by a third inning lightning strike for the Knights.
Two in fact.
Shoemaker reached base on a one-out walk that brought freshman Andrew Griffin to the plate. After following down in the count 0-2, Griffin fouled off a number of pitches before drilling a "no doubt about it" home run to left center that landed on the road beyond the fence. The blast put the Knights up 6-0 but they weren't done yet.
Peters would follow with a single that finished North Central starter Ronnie Enstrom after just 2 1/3 innings.
Broady came to the plate and promptly ripped another two-run blast for the Knights, this one to right-center that put Northview up 8-0 through three innings.
Peters would give up a couple of runs in the fourth inning on a walk and a pair of hits, the big one a two-run single by Ryan Gilman, but would avoid further damage.
"C.J. (Peters) wasn't as sharp as he was Friday night (against West Vigo)," commented Witham. "But he worked through it and got the complete game and saved the bullpen a couple of innings."
Meanwhile, after Peters got out of a two-on and two-out jam in the fifth inning by registering his seventh strikeout of the game, the Knights finished off North Central with another four-run outburst.
With two outs, pinch-runner Shane Cooper scored on an error that allowed Jason Brown to take first base. King would pick up his third hit of the game and Jacob Jones would drive both runners home with a triple to the centerfield gap.
David Kingery would drive home Jones with the Knight's 12th run, with another shot that reached the wall. The hit, Northview's 12th, ended the contest.
The victory moves the Knights to 14-4 overall and 7-3 in the Western Indiana Conference with a road game this evening at Mooresville. The junior varsity will play at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity.
Northview 12, North Central 2 (five innings)
2B -- N. Central (A.Boyll). 3B -- Northview (Jones). HR -- Northview (Griffin, Broady).
WP -- Peters
LP -- Enstrom