The Northview completed the Putnam County portion of their schedule with an undefeated record after defeating Cloverdale 12-7 on Thursday evening. The victory gave the Knights wins over the Clovers, Greencastle Tiger Cubs and South Putnam Eagles this season.
In Thursday's game, the Knights bats were a little slow in getting started as Cloverdale starter Kyle McCammon kept them off balance for the first three innings. However, his control problems helped to dig the Clovers a hole they couldn't get out from.
Leading 1-0 heading into the third inning, the Knights patience at the plate led McCammon to walk four straight batters with a run scoring on a wildpitch.
With the bases loaded Cloverdale coach Sonny Stoltz brought in Ryan Welty to work out of the jam, and he nearly did.
Welty got Justin Wilson to flyout before striking out Craig Trout for the second out. But Northview leadoff hitter T.J. King came through with a single to centerfield that got past the Cloverdale fielder and cleared the bases with King settling at third.
Leading 5-0, the Knights had some fielding woes of their own in the top of the fourth that let the Clovers storm back into contention.
Ryan Nickerson leadoff with a single and went to second when Jeremy Jones reached on an error. Welty then poked the ball back to King on the mound, but he was unable to handle the ball and the bases were loaded.
A passed ball scored Nickerson before an RBI groundout by McCammon left two outs. Chase Haltom then hit a routine grounder but the throw to first was dropped allowing Welty to score from third drawing the Clovers within 5-3.
"I was kind of disappointed in our fielding tonight," said coach Gary Witham. "We've got to play better then that to win."
If not for two excellent throws by Northview players and two stellar plays at the plate, the score could have been tied.
Catcher Craig Trout ended the Cloverdale first inning by taking a relay throw and blocking Tyler Payne from reaching the plate. He did the same to finish off the fifth inning and keeping the Clovers from scoring more than a single run in the frame.
The Knights however, got their bats going late in the game to put the contest out of reach.
Northview scored another three runs in the fifth inning as Tyler Broady walked and was moved to third by Jason Brown's single. Broady scored on a balk.
Consecutive singles by Trout and King set up Jacob Jones for a double that scored two to move Northview up 8-4.
The Knights would close out the contest with a four run sixth inning. They would need all of those runs too.
Senior David Kingery doubled to lead off the inning and later scored on a passed ball. Brown then walked and went to second when pinch hitter Kyle Nees was hit by a pitch. King brought Brown home with a double for his third RBI of the game and Jones, not to be outdone, hit his second two RBI double of the game, and third double of the game, to drive home Nees and King to put Northview up 12-4.
The Clovers would score three in the seventh but Brown was able to get out of the jam and end the game in relief of King.
The win gives the Knights a 21-6 record with their final regular season game on Monday versus Covington at 7 p.m.
Northview 12, Cloverdale 7
2B -- Northview (Jones 3, King, Kingery).
WP -- King
LP -- McCammon