The most successful season in the history of Northview High School baseball came to a close Saturday at Evansville in the Class 4A semistate.
The Northview Knights, with a string of four straight 20-win seasons, couldn't put together enough hits, pitching or defense in a 9-1 loss to Indianapolis Cathedral. Northview finished with a 26-4 record, the program's first regional championship and a team-record .375-plus batting average. More records will emerge as Witham (535-240) puts together the final tally of his 27th season.
"It's a great run. It's the best record we've ever had at Northview and it's one of the best groups of kids we've had. We really appreciate the effort they put in. It's been the hardest working group of kids you can imagine," Northview coach Gary Witham said.
The loss ended the high school careers of Northview's Wade Thacker, T.J. King, Ryan Nees, Brady Shoemaker, Shane Cooper, Shawn Hughes, Craig
Trout and Michael Stuckey. They a four-year career with a 91-25 record, a .784 winning percentage.
"It goes to show you what kind of talent we have on the team. Not just talent, hard work. That was the main thing. Everybody just worked hard
and it paid off during the season" Nees said.
Witham feels their work eithic was the key to success.
"They've been a hard-working group and it's paid off, especially hitting wise. I've never had a group that worked so hard at hitting," Witham said.
In their final game, Northview's seniors at the plate were: King was 1-4; Cooper was 0-2; Shoemaker 1-3 with an RBI; Nees 1-3 with a double; Trout was 0-3; Hughes 1-3 and Thacker was 1-3 and scored the only run. Stuckey, 6-1 pitching record on the year, did not get into the game