GREENCASTLE -- The Greencastle Tiger Cubs could never quite figure out how to handle the pitching of Northview's T.J. King and Shawn Hughes on Tuesday night.
A combined 11 strikeouts and an 8-1 victory by the Knights.
"T.J. (King) did a nice job for us tonight and Shawn has been great for us all year," commented coach Gary Witham of his pitchers.
"We felt that (Greencastle) would be especially susceptible to off speed pitches and both of our pitchers changed speeds well tonight."
King opened the game on the mound for the Knights and after a leadoff double by Greencastle's C.J. Burgeson, who scored on a passed ball and a wildpitch, settled in to handle the Tiger Cubs over the first three frames.
In fact, the only things that really gave King any trouble were Burgeson who added a third inning double to the one in the first, and a bruised hand he suffered in the third that forced him from the mound.
All told, King struckout seven batters in his three innings of work, giving way to Hughes after two pitches in the fourth inning.
At the plate meanwhile, the Knights went to work in typical fashion.
Shane Cooper leadoff the game with a single and stole second before moving around to score on a Brady Shoemaker groundout.
The third inning proved to be even more fruitful for Northview as Cooper reached after being plunked by a Ryan Wilson pitch. King doubled to the wall and Shoemaker reached on a walk to load the bases.
After Wilson recorded the first out on a strikeout, one of nine in the game, Ryan Nees singled home Cooper. King would then get caught in a two out rundown, but would score when he was interfered with returning to third base.
In the sixth inning the Knights added another pair of runs when Jason Johnson singled and moved to second base on a throwing error before Cooper reached base for the third time, this one on a walk. The pair both moved into scoring position on a passed ball.
King followed with a fielder's choice grounder that resulted in pinchrunner Chase Yocom being thrown out at home in a nice play. However, Shoemaker would draw a one-out walk before Craig Trout was hit-by-a-pitch to bring home Cooper. Mitchell Edrington followed with an RBI groundout.
Hughes meanwhile was stifling the Tiger Cubs on the mound, allowing just two hits over the final four innings while striking out four.
"I don't feel bashful at all about brining in Shawn (Hughes) at any point during a game," said Witham. "I've got a lot of confidence in our pitching staff."
Northview would add one more run in the seventh inning to finish off the victory.
The Knights will remain on the road for a Thursday evening game versus Cloverdale.
King, Hughes (4) and Trout. Wilson and Land
WP -- Hughes. LP -- Wilson.
2B -- King, Shoemaker, C.J. Burgeson (2)
In junior varsity action, Jordan Myers threw five strong innings on the mound in a 12-1 Northview victory.
The Knights tallied four runs in the first inning to get started with Aaron Bays recording an RBI single in the fourth inning and Graig Bass blasting a two-run homerun that scored Bays.
Eric Beasley also picked up an RBI single and Travis Nodley drove home two runs with a single.