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Knights overwhelmed by Braves in baseball sectional

Tuesday, June 1, 2004

Senior Jason Johnson ended his Northview baseball career in style, drilling a solo homerun in the final inning of Monday's sectional loss. Carey Fox photo

TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview Knights picked the wrong day to have perhaps their worst game of the season.

The resulting disaster ended their season with a 20-5 sectional loss to Terre Haute South on Monday afternoon.

With the win blowing out strongly to center and right-centerfield all afternoon, their was no shortage of extra base hits in either sectional contest as host Terre Haute North won the opener 20-9 over Plainfield.

The Braves started the fireworks early on Memorial Day with a six-run second inning that started with back-to-back one out doubles by Aaron Mundy and Jon Lammers. Nate Pabst then reached base on a throwing error that proved to be a common theme in the game for Northview. After an RBI popout, Matt Davis ripped a single to score Pabst and Kenneth Wilson followed with a two-run homerun to right centerfield.

Wilson swung arguably the biggest stick for the Braves who piled up 18 hits in the game, including 10 for extra bases.

The Knights would however battle back briefly in the third inning, trailing 7-0.

Brady Shoemaker walked followed by Craig Trout who was hit by a pitch. After a strikeout, Graig Bass ripped a grounder to third base that took a bad hop off South third baseman Pabst's collarbone. The resulting infield hit loaded the bases for Northview shortstop Shawn Hughes who responded with a grandslam blast to right-centerfield.

Trailing just 7-4 heading into the fourth inning, Northview replaced starter Nick Wells with Michael Stuckey who suffered much the same fate from the hot Brave bats.

He would get just one out in the inning as Davis drilled a triple to leadoff the inning before a Cole Vicars' walk preceded an RBI double by pinch hitter Danny Switzer. The inning wouldn't get any better as three errors helped contribute to another six run inning by South.

The Knights put two runners on base in the bottom half of the inning but Wilson got a pair of strikeouts to end the threat.

Terre Haute South put the final icing on the cake in the top of the fifth inning, sending 13 batters to the plate, scoring seven more runs off three Knight pitchers.

In the bottom half of the inning, Northview got one last highlight as their lone senior, Jason Johnson ripped a homerun to provide the final margin.

Terre Haute North will face the Braves on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. before Mooresville and Martsinville face off in the nightcap.

Terre Haute North Sectional

T.H. South06167-- 20180
Northview00401-- 585

Wilson and Petit. Wells, Stuckey (4), Hughes (4), King (5), Beasley (5).

WP -- Wilson. LP -- Wells.

2B -- THS (Petit, Vicars, Mundy, Lammers, Pabst, Switzer).

3B -- THS (Wilson, Mundy)

HR -- THS (Wilson, Edwards), Nview (Hughes, Johnson)

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