The Northview Knights got started early and didn't look back in taking an easy 21-1 win over North Central in Tuesday's baseball action.
T.J. King led off the game with a solo homerun for Northview and after Shane Cooper walked, Brady Shoemaker drilled a triple to the wall and Ryan Nees was hit by a pitch to setup Graig Bass who nailed a 3-run homerun for the Knights and the rout was on quickly.
The Knights batted around in each of the first three innings while taking a 15-1 lead.
In the second inning the Knights put the first three batters on base as King walked, Cooper singled and Shoemaker added his second hit of a perfect 3-for-3 night on his birthday. Shoemaker had four RBIs in the game as did Bass who scored three runs along with Shoemaker as the 1-5 hitters went 8-of-12 for the night.
The third inning was more of the same with King leading off with a single and Shoemaker singling with one out to bring King home. Bass then doubled home Shoemaker. Craig Trout reached first base on an error and Shawn Hughes drove home Bass with a double to centerfield. Wade Thacker then singled home both runs to make the score 15-1.
"We really hit the ball well tonight," said Coach Gary Witham of his squad. "Even our outs were hit hard."
The Knights began bringing in their reserves at the end of the third inning and got them some playing time.
Curtis Peters relieved starter Michael Stuckey who went three innings, allowing three hits, a run and struckout one. Peters pitched a scoreless fourth inning, striking out two before Ryan Nees finished off the game in the fifth inning.
Northview's reserves continued the offensive barrage in the bottom of the fourth inning as John Adam Reberger led off the inning with a single before Mitchell Edrington, Jordan Myers and Austin Bryan responded with two-out singles. Sean Brackney walked before Chase Yocom brought home Bryan with a single, Travis Nodley was hit-by-pitch and Reberger brought home two more runs with a single to complete the scoring.
"It was good to get everyone in tonight," said Witham. "We want them to letter and most of them are going to be making up the varsity team next year."
The win moves Northview's record to 14-3 overall with a game tonight on the road at Mooresville.
2B -- Nv (Shoemaker, Bass, Hughes), NC (Watson). 3B -- Nv (Shoemaker). HR -- Nv (King, Bass).