By STEVE FIELDS
For The Brazil Times
ELLETTSVILLE -- The Northview Knights were in a tough spot going into Edgewood High School on Wednesday night.
The Knights wanted to finish strong in the WIC baseball race, but a doubleheader wasn't part of the plan. Northview and Edgewood were rained out on Tuesday. And the Knights sure didn't want to play a Thursday contest because they travel to Washington on Saturday for a tournament.
So Northview sent four different pitchers to the mound and backed them with a 24-hit offense to sweep Edgewood 9-6 and 12-4. Northview, 19-6 overall, finished their conference season with a 9-3 record.
"We're in a tournament this weekend, so I was trying to spread (the innings) out enough so I would have some people ready (to pitch) by Saturday. It's a little short rest (for pitchers)," Witham said.
Nick Wells pitched six innings in game one for the victory with relief help from Shawn Hughes in the seventh. Michael Stuckey went four innings in the second game for the win and T.J. King pitched the final three.
King was 5-for-7 at the plate to lead Northview's 24-hit offense. He was 2-3 the first game and 3-4 the second with a pair of doubles.
"He hit the ball real well," Witham said.
The Knight had nine hits in the first game and 15 in the second.
"Overall I didn't think our hitting was very good in the first game. The second game it came alive a little bit. T.J. (King) hit the ball well both games," Witham said.
Northview jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning of game one when Shane Cooper ripped a solo home run and Ryan Nees delivered a run-scoring double.
But Edgewood countered with three runs as Rod Dwewar belted a two-run homer.
The Knights took the lead for good with a three-run second inning. Hughes started the rally with a solo home run. Jason Johnson reached base on an error and scored on back-to-back singles by Cooper and King. Cooper scored on an error.
King, Cooper and Nees each had two hits in Northview's nine-hit offense.
Northview built the lead to 9-3, before Edgewood scored three runs in the seventh when the Knights committed three errors.
"I was not real happy with the first game. I thought we could have played a lot better and we didn't play well (last) Saturday," Witham said. "This is not good. Before the second game, I told (the Knights), 'This is the time we need to start playing better, not worse.' I thought we played better the second game. We did some things right, made some defensive plays and didn't make as many mistakes."
While Stuckey held the Mustangs to one unearned run through three innings, the Knights built a 6-1 lead.
King and Cooper accounted for the Knights' first two runs. In the first, Cooper led off with a single, stole second and scored on King's first double. In the second, Aaron Bays walked, was bunted to second by Austin Bryan, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on Cooper's second single of the game.
The Knights broke the contest open with a four-run third and a four-run fifth.
In the fourth, Nees belted a lights-out two-run home run over the center field fence and Jason Johnson came through with a two-run double.
And in the fifth, Northview scored three runs on four Edgewood errors. King and Craig Trout each had base hits in that inning.
In addition to King's three hits, Northview got two hits from Cooper, Trout, John Reberger and Austin Bryan in the second game.
After the Washington Tournament on Saturday, Northview closes out the regular season with a 7 p.m. game at Greencastle on Tuesday and a 5 p.m. game at Cloverdale May 27.
|Northview 230 100 3||-- 9 - 9||- 4|
|Edgewood||300 000 3 -- 6 -||8 - 4|
Wells, Hughes (7) and Trout; Dewar, Dumbrosky (6) and Tague. W -- Wells. L -- Dewar. LOB -- Nv 7, Ew 6. HR -- Cooper, Hughes, Dewar. 2B -- Nees, Dewar.
Edgewood 001 210 0 -- 4 - 6 - 4
Northview 114 042 x -- 12 - 15 - 2
Cage, Lay (3), Dumbrosky (5), Pederson (6) and Tague; Stuckey, King (5) and Trout, Edrington (7). W -- Stuckey. L -- Cage. LOB -- Ew 5, Nv 10. HR -- Nees. 2B -- Parrish, McCann, King (2), Ja. Johnson.
Next game: Northview (19-6, 9-3 in WIC) travels to Washington on Saturday for a 10 a.m. tournament game.