Hard work and patience paid off at the plate for Northview's Shane Cooper and Graig Bass during Tuesday night's 12-2 Western Indiana Conference high school baseball victory over the South Vermillion Wildcats.
Cooper and Bass led a 15-hit Northview attack that made Michael Stuckey's fourth pitching victory less stressful. Stuckey struckout, seven walked two, hit two batters while holding the Wildcats to just two hits.
"When you get 15 hits it takes a lot of pressure off your pitching.
That 15 hits was quite a performance, and I thought [South Vermillion's] pitching was pretty good," Northview Coach Gary Witham said.
Cooper was 3-for-3 at the plate with two doubles, two runs scored an one RBI. "I've been working on my hitting a lot so its finally starting to come around," Cooper said.
Cooper struggled at the plate last week and Coach Witham dropped in lower in the batting order against Brown County so he would see fewer breaking pitches.
"[Cooper] responded well down there. He had a good attitude about it, he didn't sulk around. So we decided [tonight] to move him back up there
and see what he could do, and he really came through tonight," Witham said.
Witham took the same approach with Bass, putting the designated hitter in the seven hole Tuesday night. Bass was 3-3 with two singles and a three-run home run in the fourth inning that broke the game open. "Graig had a nice night, too. That three-run home run was a shot over
the scoreboard," Witham said.
The Knights had six extra-base hits in the game, five doubles -- Cooper 2, T.J. King, Brady Shoemaker, Ryan Nees -- and the home run by Bass.
Northview travels to Clinton today (Wednesday) for the second game wiht
South Vermillion at 5 p.m. Witham plans to start sophomore pitcher Nick
Wells in the game.
Russell, Inman (4) and Williamson; Stuckey and Trout. W -- Stuckey
(4-0). L -- Russell. LOB -- SV 3, Nv 6. HR -- Williamson, Bass. 2B --
Cooper 2, King, Shoemaker, Nees.
Next game: Northview (7-2, 5-0 in WIC) travels to Clinton on Wednesday to play South Vermillion (2-5, 1-4 in WIC) at 5 p.m.