Northview's Nick Lancaster got it done on his own in the third inning of a junior varsity contest with Terre Haute South Thursday. Lancaster walked, swiped second base and scored when the throw intended to catch him stealing third careened into the outfield.
Northview's varsity golf team continued its hot streak with a 149-151 victory over Terre Haute North at Forest Park Golf Course Thursday.
The Patriots showed up to play, with Branden Henman turning in a 35 and Michael May shooting a 34 for North's junior varsity. Chris Vines also enjoyed a banner day for the Patriots, dropping in a hole-in-one on the second hole.
But a consistent Northview squad would prevail. Kyle Kumpf led the way for the Knights with a team-best 36 over nine holes, followed by the matching 37s turned in by Kade Baker and Austin Akers.
Northview's junior varsity didn't fare as well, falling to the Patriots 160-155. Matt Williams and Jeremy Johnson tied for the JV Knights' low round at 38.
Northview (5-1) will face off against Terre Haute South and Linton Monday at Phil Harris.
The last time the Northview junior varsity baseball team locked horns with Terre Haute South, the Knights' defense assumed the starring role in a comedy of errors, committing nine miscues in the field to fall to the Braves 5-3.
But the Knights have tightened up in the field considerably since that early-season loss.
Northview's defense turned in five innings of error-free baseball Thursday, but their performance in the field was overshadowed by an offensive explosion that sent the Braves packing with a 16-6 drubbing ended in the fifth by the 10-run rule.
"That was a hundred-percent turnaround from the last time we played (them)," said Knights Coach Scott McDonald. "We had our struggles early defensively. These last few games, we've been putting it together."
The Knights trailed 2-1 after the first inning, then fell behind 3-1 after the Braves added another tally in the second.
But the Northview offensive machine shook off the rust and began to roll, manhandling two Braves pitchers for an eight-run bottom of the second.
Northview number-eight hitter Curtis Peters, who would tap a slow grounder into the infield for the first out of inning, slapped a two-out RBI double eight batters later to give the Knights a 9-3 advantage.
All told, the Knights sent 12 players up to bat in the frame, tallying their eight runs on seven hits and effectively putting the contest out of South's reach.
Kyle Pestoff, a freshman righty with limited high-school pitching experience, followed his RBI double in the second with a two-strikeout performance in the South half of the third.
The Northview starter managed to avoid giving up any big innings to the Braves, setting the stage for the Knights' eight-run romp in the second and limiting South's production in the innings that followed.
Northview ended the game in the fifth with a three-run bomb to right field off the bat of Nick Lancaster.
The Knights will host Martinsville at 10 a.m. Saturday to open the Northview Invitational.
2B -- Northview (Smith 2, Barr, Peters, Girton, Pestoff). HR -- Northview (Lancaster)