JASONVILLE -- Brady Shoemaker provided the power for the Knights and Shawn Hughes very nearly held off a powerful Shakamak Lakers squad on Wednesday night.
Despite falling behind 9-1 entering the fifth inning, the resilient Knights roared back to take a 10-9 advantage on the strength of Shoemaker's second homerun of the game, a go-ahead grandslam in the sixth inning.
However, the Lakers wouldn't go quietly, responding for two runs in the bottom half of the seventh inning for a wild 11-10 victory over the Knights.
Midway through the contest, it looked as if Northview's control problems on the mound would get the best of them as two pitchers combined for 10 walks and a pair of hit batsmen in falling behind 9-1 through five innings.
However, the third pitcher of the evening, Shawn Hughes entered and quieted the Laker offense over the first 2 1/3 innings, allowing just three singles and no runs.
Meanwhile the Knights went to work at the plate on Shakamak pitcher Matt Davis.
In the fifth inning a single by Hughes and a walk to Jesse Johnson set up T.J. King at the plate.
King would ground to the shortstop who overthrow second base on a force attempt, allowing Hughes to score with no outs recorded.
Shane Cooper singled to load the bases before Shoemaker walked in a run leaving the bases loaded.
The final run of the inning came on a bizarre play as a Ryan Nees grounder looked to be an inning ending double play as Shoemaker was forced at second base and Nees was called out on a wide throw to first.
However, an appeal to the homeplate umpire overturned the 'out' call as the first baseman's foot was pulled off the base by the errant throw. On the resulting play, King scored to narrow the gap to 9-4.
Hughes would hold down the Lakers in the bottom half of the fifth inning to set up the real Northview fireworks.
Davis would walk the first three batters of the inning for Northview, Jason Johnson, Graig Bass and Hughes. The sudden wildness ended Davis' night, bringing in lefthander Austin Witt for the Lakers.
Witt got Jesse Johnson to groundout, scoring pinchrunner Chase Yocom before walking King. Shane Cooper then came to the plate, popping up a ball to short centerfield that was dropped by Shakamak's second baseman allowing Bass to score on the play and bringing up Shoemaker.
Already owning two RBI's on the night and a monster homerun from the first inning, Shoemaker tattooed a Witt pitch to rightfield for a grandslam that put Northview ahead 10-9.
Both squads would go down quietly in their halves of the inning setting up the bottom of the seventh rally for the Lakers.
Hughes got Davis to groundout to open the inning, but a double by Witt that landed on the leftfield line led to a walk to Jeremy Stevenson and then a Josh Netherlain double that tied the score.
An intentional walk set up a double-play possibility but No. 9 hitter Jared Utterback singled home the winning run for the Lakers.
For the Knights Shoemaker had two homeruns in three official at-bats, with six RBI's and two runs scored. Hughes reached base three times and scored twice and Jesse Johnson had a hit, run scored and an RBI.
The Knights will be back in action on Saturday afternoon with a doubleheader at home versus Brown County beginning at 11 a.m.
In the 'B' team game, the Knights won 10-3 as John Reberger homered, driving in two runners. Eric Beasley had a double and a single and Graig Bass added two hits and four RBI's along with getting the pitching victory. Aaron Bays had three walks and scored three runs.