The Northview Knights capped off a wild 13-12 victory over Edgewood on Wednesday night as Andrew Griffin crossed with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning on a balk.
The run capped off a huge comeback from a 9-0 deficit in the third inning that Griffin certainly helped with a sixth inning grandslam to leftfield that scored the final four runs of a seven run inning that put Northview up 12-11.
The Mustangs however scored a controversial run in the top of the seventh inning when Jake Smith scored from second on a steal.
Northview catcher Craig Trout attempted to catch Smith at third on the steal attempt however, he made contact with batter Nathan Ellett. The resulting contact caused a wild throw that allowed Smith to score with the tying run.
The Knights threatened again in the bottom half of the inning as Tyler Broady was hit-by-a-pitch. Pinch-runner Shane Cooper eventually moved to third on a groundout and walks to Justin Wilson and pinch-hitter Ryan Hayes.
With the bases loaded and one-out, T.J. King was induced to pop up in the infield and Jacob Jones struckout to end the inning.
However, in the eighth, Griffin walked to leadoff the frame and Brady Shoemaker laid down a slow bunt that allowed Griffin to beat the throw to second. With both runners safe, David Kingery moved Griffin to third on a sacrifice fly and Broady was intentionally walked.
The move back-fired on the Mustangs however when their pitcher was called for a balk when he stopped briefly in his pitching motion towards the plate.
The victory concludes the conference schedule for the Knights with a 9-3 record. They move to 18-5 overall.
Northview 13, Edgewood 12
2B -- Northview (King, Broady). HR -- Northview (Wilson, Griffin-GS).
WP -- King