TERRE HAUTE -- The Northview Knights comfirmed two things Saturday in the Big Four high school baseball tournament:
One, they can still hit the baseball. The Knights pounded out 12 hits in a 15-1 win over Terre Haute South 15-1 on Saturday morning Terre Haute North High School.
And two, the Knights proved good pitching beats good hitting. Terre Haute North's Skyler Pearson pitched a no-hitter in a 13-0 win over Northview.
Northview, 12-0 and ranked No. 5 in Class 4A when the Big Four started, went 1-3 against it biggest rivals, 0-2 in the WIC and exited the toughest portion of its schedule 13-3 and 8-2 in the WIC.
"One win out of four is not too good," Northview coach Gary Witham said.
"Going in, I thought if we (win) three out of four (games), it would be a good week. And if we got two out of four that would have been all right, I wouldn't have been thrilled with it, but that would have been all right. But one (win) out of four (games) is not very good. I'm not very happy with that at all," the Knights' coach said.
The morning contest was a test of character for both Northview and South.
"I told the kids, 'This is a game about bouncing back. (The Braves) had a tough loss (Friday night to North) and we had a tough loss (to West Vigo), so which one of us is going to come back?' We bounced back better than they did, apparently," Witham said.
Northview scored three runs in the first inning and never trailed South. T.J. King made it 5-0 in the second inning with a two-run home run over the left-field fence. The Knights ended the game on the 10-run rule with an eight-run fifth inning.
The pitching performance of Nick Wells and solid defensive play -- one error -- against South stood out as much as the Knights' 12-hit attack.
Wells limited South's Braves to just six hits, struck out four, walked one batter and hit one.
Wade Thacker went 3-4 at the plate to lead Northview's offense. King finished 2-5 with a homer and two RBI. Graig Bass drove in four runs while going 2-4 and Shawn Hughes was 2-4 with three RBI.
In game two, the Knights ran into an even better pitcher than West Vigo's Darrick Harden. North's Pearson, assisted by a triple play, held the Knights hitless, struck out three, walked three and hit one batter.
North's triple play in the second changed the game. The Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second, but Graig Bass was hit by a pitch to lead off the Knights' half of the inning. Craig Trout put down a sacrifice bunt that moved Bass to second, then Jesse Johnson received a base on balls, putting Northview runners on first and second bases.
With Northview runners breaking at the ping of the bat, Northview's Shawn Hughes hit a bullet-like line drive up the middle, just by pitcher's empty glove.
North shortstop John Cummins gloved ball, made a quick flip to the second baseman, who hurled the ball over to first base to complete the play and retire the side.
North's John Cummings hit a two-run home run with two out in the third inning go put the Patriots up 3-0. North erupted for 10 runs on eight hits, in the fourth inning to break the game open.
Four Northview pitchers -- Wells, Hughes, Brady Shoemaker, Jordan Myers -- tried to stop North's 10-run fourth inning. "Our pitchers couldn't shut down North's hitting. Their hitting was good," Withtham said.
After playing host to North Central on Tuesday, Northview travels to Mooresville on Wednesday to face another potential sectional opponent.
Big Four Tournament
Saturday Game 1
|Terre Haute South||001||00||--||1||6||3|
Wells and Trout; Hannum, Arnold (2) and Pettit. W -- Wells. L -- Hannum. LOB -- Nv 9, THS 6. HR-- King. 2B -- Hughes, Duncan.
Saturday Game 2
|Terre Haute North||012||(10)0||--||13||10||0|
Pearson and Perry; King, Shoemaker (4), Hughes (4), Myers (4) and Trout, Edrington (5). W-- Pearson. L-- King. LOB-- THN 3, Nv 2. HR--Cummins. 2B -- Phegley.
Next game: Northview [13-3, 8-2 in WIC] will host North Central on Tuesday.