Curtis Peters started for the Northview Knights and struck out six Lakers in his five innings of work.
JASONVILLE -- Please forgive Northview fans if they're beginning to feel a sense of deja vu.
One evening after overcoming nine and eight run deficits late in a 14-13 win over visiting Bloomington North, the Knights took their dramatics on the road to overwhelm Shakamak 8-6.
The Knights trailed 5-2 through four innings and had just two hits, both in the first inning where they scored their lone run. But beginning in the fifth inning the Knights began another dramatic comeback.
Shakamak starting leftie Ryan Wilson threw four sterling innings of two hit, one run ball with seven strikeouts before Northview finally began to get to him.
Cody Crooks singled to left field to open the fifth inning and Curtis Peters hit a single deep into the second base hole where the Lakers weren't able to record an out. Chase Yocom followed with a solid single to center field and Jesse Johnson brought home the Knights' third run with an RBI groundout. Graig Bass singled home pinch runner Nick Lancaster to narrow the Shakamak lead to 5-3.
The Lakers added another run in the bottom half of the inning, taking advantage of a walk, a stolen base and a Northview error to push the lead to 6-3.
Shakamak brought Justin Cox in to relieve Wilson to open up the sixth inning and once more the Knights went to work on an opponents' bullpen.
One night after scoring 12 of their 14 runs off the Cougar relievers, Northview greeted Cox rudely with a double by Keaton Robertson.
John Reberger reached via a walk and after Cox struck out Cody Crooks for the inning's first out, Sean Brackney singled to center field. Cox would get the second out with another strikeout and was looking to get out of the inning when Chase Yocom hit a grounder to second, but the play was mishandled leaving the bases loaded.
Cox would bring home a another run when he uncorked a wild pitch (ironically a wild pitch scored the winning run for Northview on Tuesday. Cox's wild throw scored Robertson.
Johnson then came to the plate for Northview and chopped a ball in the infield that became an adventure.
With the runner on second moving to third, Reberger remained on third base. The ball was fielded by Shakamak and they attempted to throw out the runner at third. Reberger then went home and beat the throw to tie the score at 6-6.
Ryne Barr came in to relieve Peters in the sixth inning and set down the Lakers in order, setting up more dramatics for the Knights.
Austin Bryan came to the plate to leadoff the seventh inning and set the tone with a solo home run to left center. The run would prove to be the winning on for Northview though they also scored a run via an error that scored Robertson from third.
Barr then came in to finish off the Lakers with a 1-2-3 inning and the victory in his first varsity outing.
"Those games aren't really good for my heart," commented coach Gary Witham. "But (Shakamak) always fields good teams, this group of players for us have played in the shadows of seniors the last couple of years. I'm really proud of these kids. Ryne Barr came in under some pressure and really came through."
The Knights are now 5-0 overall and will host Brown County in a Saturday doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m.
The Northview 'B' team dropped a 6-4 decision to the Lakers despite a home run by Nick Lancaster and a double by Alex Smith.
Northview 8, Shakamak 6
2B -- Nv (Bass, Johnson, Robertson); SH (McNabb). HR -- Nv (Bryan).
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