The Northview Knights have put themselves in position to contend for the Western Indiana Conference baseball championship.
Pounding out 14 hits, the Knights improved to 6-0 in the WIC with a 12-1, 10-run-rule victory over the host South Vermillion Wildcats on Wednesday night in Clinton.
"I'm real happy to be where we are, but we've got some tough (games) ahead," Northview coach Gary Witham said of Sullivan (April 27-28), West Vigo (May 4-7), and Edgewood.
For the second night in a row, Northview hammered South Vermillion's pitching. Six of the Knights' 14 hits were for extra bases -- Shawn Hughes a home run, Craig Trout two doubles and Ryan Nees, Jason Johnson and Graig Bass one double each.
"Even on our outs we hit the ball hard," Witham said.
Hughes' three-run homer in the third inning, his second of the season, was part of a 3-for-3 performance.
"It's nice going into the second half (of the conference schedule) with a 6-0 record. We have a tourney on Saturday. It's nice to go in with a four-game winning streak," Hughes said.
Trout, Johnson and T.J. King each had 2-for-3 games at the plate and Wade Thacker drove in three runs with a 2-4 hitting performance.
Winning pitcher Nick Wells went the distance, scattering six South Vermillion hits, while striking out six and walking two for his first varsity win.
"I thought (Wells) got better as the game went on. He started out a little rough," Witham said.
Northview jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second. Johnson was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and Bass followed with a double. Hughes' three-run homer cleared the bases, but Thacker and King kept the merry-go-round going with back-to-back singles. Trout delivered a two-run double to cap the rally.
The Knights scored three in the third as King connected for a two-run single single and Thacker brought in a run with a ground ball to the right side of the infield.
The Knights capped the evening with a four-run sixth inning.
Trout and Nees started the rally with back-to-back doubles. Johnson singled and with one out, Hughes reached base on an infield hit to load the bases. Thacker singled to score Nees and pinch-runner Aaron Bayes. Pinch-hitter Austin Bryan plated Hughes with a single.
The Knights return to action on Saturday in their own invitational, playing Bloomington North in the first game. Bloomington South meets Belmont in game two.
Northview 053 004 -- 12 - 14 - 0
South Vermillion 000 100 -- 1 - 6 - 3
Wells and Trout, Edrington (6); Capps and Williamson. WP -- Wells (1-0). LP -- Capps. LOB -- Nv 9, SV 7. HR -- Hughes. 2B -- Trout 2, Nees, Jason Johnson, Graig Bass.