The weather might have put a bit of a damper on the spirits of Northview fans but it did little to cool off the Knights' hot bats.
The Knights pounded out 12 hits that helped to overcome five of their own errors and won 14-4 in 5 1/2 innings.
"We didn't play real well tonight," commented Northview head coach Gary Witham. "But South Vermillion is a pretty good hitting team. They kind of took it to us at the start."
With a 30-minute delay for a lighting outage that also included rain and some very threatening skies, the Knights had to wait for a chance to make up for a three error first inning that put them in a 3-0 hole. However, after the break, the Knights got a one-out walk from Shane Cooper, Brady Shoemaker and Ryan Nees to load the bases and Graig Bass drilled a two-run double to the leftfield corner.
South Vermillion's Travis Capps then struckout Shawn Hughes, but he would reach as the ball skipped away and the throw to first was unable to retire the Northview senior. The error allowed Nees to score to tie the game at 3-all.
Craig Trout then stepped to the plate and ripped a single that brought home two more runs for a 5-3 Northview lead.
Northview came back in the second inning with another three runs as Cooper earned a single and on a passed ball, went all the way to third with a lot of hustle. Shoemaker then rewarded him for his hustle when he blasted a two-run homerun to rightcenter through a stiff wind and a 7-3 Knights lead. Bass would walk with one out and stole second before coming home on a Trout single.
The Wildcats added one more run in the third inning as Capps and Zach Williamson led off with singles and after a pair of strikeouts an attempt to pick off a runner on first base went awry, scoring Capps from third base.
The Knights wasted little time in tacking on to their lead as Chase Yocom singled and went to third on a stolen base and an error. T.J. King nailed a run-scoring double and came home on a wildpitch after an error and a walk loaded the bases. Shoemaker scored on a passed ball and with Trout at the plate a pair of errors on his infield grounder brought home both Bass and Nees for a 13-4 lead.
The Wildcats threatened to narrow the gap in the fourth and fifth innings.
After putting their first two batters on base against King, Laren Russell smacked a hard grounder to third base that was snagged by Jesse Johnson for a force out before Capps walked to load the bases. But King struckout Williamson and coaxed a groundout from Ryan Lynn to end the threat.
South Vermillion went right back at it in the fifth inning as Cam Decker reached on an error and Mitch Fisher walked to bring an end to the evening for Northview starter, King. Nick Wells came in to relieve King and the hard throwing righthander struckout the side to end the threat.
The Knights added one more run in the sixth inning as Northview substituted liberally in the final two innings. Wells singled to leadoff the sixth inning and Jordan Myers followed with a one-out single. Matt Deakins walked and a fielder's choice groundout by Johnson brought home the 14th run for the Knights, stopping the game via the 10-run rule.
For the Knights, King went four innings, allowing four runs on five hits, striking out five and walking five. Shoemaker and Bass each scored three runs, with Cooper and Nees each scoring twice.
Trout and Yocom each had two hits while Cooper, Nees and Bass each walked twice in the game.
The Knights (10-0 overall, 6-0 WIC) will bring the No. 6 ranked team into the Northview Tournament on Saturday when they host Bloomington North and South along with Bellmont. The Knights face the Panthers in the 10 a.m. opener.
2B -- SV (Capps 2), Nv (King, Bass). HR -- Nv (Shoemaker). SB -- Nv (Cooper, Bass).