Only those who watched all 16 innings of Northview's 9-4 and 9-8 sweep of Brown County can fully appreciate the performances of Northview's Craig Trout and T.J. King in Saturday's Western Indiana Conference high school baseball doubleheader.
King struckout 14, walked one and scattered six hits over six innings before Shawn Hughes came on in the seventh. "I just mixed my pitches up a lot more today. Starting (hitters) off with curve balls, breaking balls, change ups. Mix them all up. It seemed to keep (Brown County) off balance," King said.
That concentration carried over to King's hitting, too, as he went 3-for-5 with a home run, two RBI and scored two runs at the plate in game one.
"It think, maybe, (players) concentrate more (when pitching). You have to be in the game because you're pitching every pitch. It just keeps you right there in the game," King said.
Northview took control of game one with a six-run fourth inning. The Knights put singles by King and Trout together with a triple from Jesse Johnson and three Brown County errors to break the contest open.
After six-plus hours of baseball (including pre-game batting practice) in 80-degree heat for the first time this season, nobody could have been more tired than Northview's Trout. He caught all 16 innings and was probably ready to go home.
Trout lined a two-run single up the middle in the ninth inning of game two, giving Northview the three-run cushion needed to complete the sweep.
Trout, who hit a two-run homer in the third to but the Knights on top 3-2, was 5-for-9 at the plate with five RBI and two runs scored. "I was just trying to put the ball in play and give my team a chance (to score)," Trout said of the game-winning hit.
Northview (6-2, 4-0 in WIC) needed a lot of pitching, too.
Sophomore Nick Wells pitched a strong 5 1/3 innings in game two. Hughes couldn't close it out the second game and Coach Gary Witham called on Michael Stuckey, who got his third win of the season.
"Nick pitched pretty well. I thought maybe he got tired there at the end. (Brown County) started hitting there a little bit and we had to make a pitching change. But I was more concerned about our hitting," Witham said.
Northview left 13 men on base in the second game and 10 in the first.
"We weren't very opportunistic in our hitting. Everytime we got somebody in scoring position it seemed like we folded up and died," Witham said.
"But we came through in the end. I got to give our guys credit for pulling it out there at the end."
Stuckey, who doesn't bat often, led off Northview's ninth inning with a single. Stuckey was put out at second when Hughes reached base on an infield ground ball, but the momentum was started.
Jesse Johnson and Shane Cooper singled and Hughes scored on a throwing error. With Johnson and Cooper on third and second, respectively, Brown County intentionally walked King to load the bases. Trout ripped a single right up the middle to bring in Johnson and Cooper.
As the home team in the second game of the doubleheader, Brown County threatened to send the game into a 10th inning. David Tatham followed a Northview error with a triple to the fence and scored when Mike Miller, who hit a two-run homer in the seventh, singled to make it a one-run game.
But Northview's Stuckey got the final out on an infield fly ball.
Northview returns to action at home Tuesday with a 7 p.m. conference game against South Vermillion.
Redmond, Hawley (4) and M. Miller; King, Hughes (6) and Trout. WP -- King (2-0). LP -- Redmond. LOB -- BC 7, Nv 10. HR -- King. 3B -- Shoemaker, Jason Johnson. 2B -- Hawley.
Wells, Hughes (6), Stuckey (8) and Trout; Parman, Foster (5), Redmond
(8) and M. Miller. WP -- Stuckey (3-0). LP -- Redmond. LOB -- Nv 13, BC
7. HR -- Trout, M. Miller, Watson. 3B -- Tatham. 2B -- King, Jesse
Johnson, Redmond, Freshour.
Next game: Northview (6-2, 4-0 in WIC) will host South Vermillion at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.