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Knights leading Patriots as lightning postpones contest

Thursday, April 8, 2004

Ryan Nees is congratulated by teammates after a first inning home run on Wednesday night.

- Game scheduled to resume tonight

Lightning struck early and often on Wednesday night for the Northview Knights in round two of their home-and-home baseball series with Owen Valley.

Much like Tuesday night, the Knights got a homerun in the first inning for some early runs, however, on Wednesday the late fireworks were provided by Mother Nature.

Lightning and heavy rains put a halt to the Knights bid for wins on consecutive nights in the fourth inning. Northview led 9-2 with a runner on second base and two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

Play is slated to resume tonight at 5 p.m. at Northview High School.

After an 8-1 victory on the road Tuesday night over the Patriots, the Knights got started early once more on Wednesday, scoring a pair of runs in the opening frame.

T.J. King allowed a pair of runs in the first inning on a pair of hit batters and a double by designated hitter Nick Madison.

Northview would answer right back in their half of the inning with an infield popup single by King, who stole second base. He would score on a pair of groundouts, the RBI going to Brady Shoemaker. Ryan Nees would then provide the big pop with a homerun to leftcenter field to knot the score.

In the second inning the Knights added another two scores as Jesse Johnson reached on an error before King once again reached on a short, bloop single. Both runners advanced on a passed ball before a routine grounder by Shane Cooper resulted in a throwing error as both King and Johnson each scored and Cooper reached base.

King meanwhile settled in on the mound, holding the Patriots scoreless through the next three innings while the Knights continued to add to their lead in the fourth inning.

Jesse Johnson reached on a walk to leadoff the inning and pinchrunner Chase Yocom stole second shortly thereafter.

The Patriot's second pitcher of the evening, Ryan Kimmel, suffered through serious control problems as King and Cooper each followed with walks before Shoemaker brought home Johnson with another free pass. Nees forced home his second RBI of the game with another walk before Craig Trout brought home the Knight's third run of the frame with a groundout before Jason Johnson blasted an RBI double to leftfield that brought home both Shoemaker and Nees.

Graig Bass would groundout for the second out of the inning before lightning forced the teams to leave the fields ahead of heavy rains that drenched the field.

The Knights are tentatively scheduled to complete the game tonight at 5 p.m.

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