Northview started the process of getting ready for next Spring's baseball season with their first home baseball game of the Summer season Thursday night.
Hitting, this season's strength, looks to need the most work as the Crawfordsville Athenians controlled the Knights in a doubleheader sweep, 4-0 and 3-2.
In the opener, Athenians' starter Brandon Moore threw a complete game three-hit shutout while striking out five and walking just one though he hit four batters.
Northview's Michael Stuckey was the tough luck loser despite a solid night on the mound.
Stuckey opened with four hitless innings before his counterpart Moore doubled in the fifth inning. He would later score on a fielder's choice. J.J. Bell reached force on another fielder's choice and later came around to score on a single by Blake Cotten.
Those runs would hold up as the Knights lacked the key run-scoring hit despite having several runners in scoring position.
Andrew Griffin was the first Knight to get a hit, reaching on a leadoff single in the fourth inning and moving to third after Brady Shoemaker was hit by a pitch and Craig Trout hit a fielder's choice. However, he was stranded as Moore coaxed Troy Sanders to groundout and Jason Johnson to strikeout to end the threat.
The Knights also had runners on first and second with one out in the sixth inning but couldn't push across a run.
In the nightcap the Knights once again couldn't get the big hit.
Crawfordsville pitcher Jeremy Kline worked his way out of jam after jam as Northview left 11 runners on base in the game.
The lone Northview runs came on a homerun by Griffin to leftfield in the fifth inning, a shot that got the Knights within 3-2 after they had scored one in the fourth frame.
In fourth, the Knights got a walk by Kyle Nees before John Reberger reached on an infield single pushing Nees to second.
Both runners would move into scoring position on a wildpitch and the Knights seemed on the brink of a breakout inning with just one out.
Northview would get just one run out of the deal as Ryan Nees picked up an RBI groundout. Reberger would move to third on a wildpitch before Kline's wildness put Michael Medearis on via walk and hit T.J. King to load the bases.
Kline though would get out of the inning by getting Shane Cooper to groundout.
Crawfordsville would add a single run in the bottom of the sixth inning to put the game away. Moore came back in to shut the door in the seventh inning.
The Knights will travel to Decatur Central on Tuesday evening for a 5 p.m. doubleheader.
Crawfordsville 4, Northview 0
2B -- Northview (King), Crawfordsville (Bulcroft, Moore).
WP -- Moore
LP -- Stuckey
Crawfordsville 3, Northview 2
HR -- Northview (Griffin)
WP -- Kline
LP -- Sanders