Northview completed their trip through their conference schedule on Wednesday night with a hard fought 13-6 win over visiting Edgewood.
Much like their Tuesday win over the Mustangs, the victory wasn't pretty, but still advances the Knights' record in the win column. Northview improves to 17-3 overall with a 10-2 mark in the WIC.
The Mustangs brought their bats on their road trip as well as their home stand, ringing up 12 hits off Northview hurlers Michael Stuckey and Jordan Myers, but the Knights crawled back from a 3-1 deficit in the third inning to post a five run frame to take the lead.
Northview got a leadoff walk and stolen base from T.J. King to start the rally and Shane Cooper reached on an error on Edgewood's second baseman that allowed King to score. Shoemaker would follow with an infield single and Ryan Nees singled on a hit-and-run attempt that sent Shoemaker to third base and score Cooper. Edgewood pitcher Mike Lay caught Nees too far off first, but the throw to second was wild and Shoemaker scored from third to make the score 4-3 in favor of the Knights.
After a strikeout, Jesse Johnson, who had a pair of hits and an RBI in the game, would reach after being hit by a pitch. A wildpitch would then send Johnson to second and Nees to third.
The Knights, showing off their aggressive baserunning then scored on a squeeze attempt. Johnson would later score as Northview took a 6-3 advantage.
Myers came in to relieve Stuckey in the fourth inning and got off to a rocky start with Edgewood scoring a pair of runs on three hits and an error, but then settled in for the rest of the game.
"Edgewood hit (Jordan) a little bit, but he finished strong tonight," commented Northview coach Gary Witham. "We're going to depend on him more and more."
Northview added another insurance run in the fifth inning as Johnson singled and moved to third base when he stole second and the throw went into centerfield.
Craig Trout then singled to score Johnson from third base and give Northview a 7-5 advantage.
"I thought Trout played well defensively," commented Witham. "And he did a nice job adjusting at the plate. Nees had a good night too."
Edgewood got a run back in the sixth inning, but Northview dodged a big bullet as the Mustangs got back-to-back hits to lead off the inning, but Myers coaxed a lineout of Scott Pederson and a popout from Nate Elliott. Zach Parrish then reached second on a stolen base and both runners moved into scoring position on the throwing error to second.
Lay would follow with a single, scoring Cage from third, beating the throw from centerfield, but as Lay tried to advance to second, Trout threw him out to end the rally with the Knights still leading 7-6.
Northview would eliminate any doubts about the outcome in the bottom half of the inning, scoring five runs on six hits.
Wade Thacker singled to open the inning followed by a single by King to move pinchrunner Nick Lancaster to third. Lancaster was caught in a steal attempt, but Edgewood's Lay balked in his move to second, sending Lancaster home. Cooper would walk and Shoemaker singled home King. Nees blooped a single to center to score Cooper before Graig Bass doubled two runs home. Johnson would later single home another run to make the score 13-6.
"Our bats carried us," said Witham. "Our pitchers weren't real sharp, but our bats rescued us."
The Knights will travel to the Washington Tourney on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m.
2B -- Nv (Nees, Bass), EW (None). SB -- Nv (King, Cooper), EW (Lay).