Northview's Nick Lancaster threw six innings of one hit ball while recording a shutout.
Northview starting pitcher Nick Lancaster hit an RBI single in the first inning of Thursday's junior varsity baseball game against Clay City, putting the Knights ahead 1-0.
Lancaster didn't produce another hit in four more at bats, but he pulled his weight on the mound, surrendering the Eels' only hit two outs into the fifth inning. The rest of the Knights lineup took care of the offense, pounding three Clay City pitchers for 13 hits in four innings and capitalizing on a string of Eels errors as Northview cruised to a 25-0 victory.
"We hit the ball well, we ran the bases well. I thought we did all phases of the game at a real high level," said Knights Coach Scott MacDonald.
Matt Deakins went 4-for-5 with a pair of extra base hits, including the lead-off double that ignited an eight-run second inning for the Knights.
Northview lead-off hitter Ryne Barr reached base in each of his five at bats. The sophomore centerfielder smacked a two-run double in the second inning, then followed it with a stand-up triple in the third.
Lancaster confounded the Clay City lineup throughout, striking out six Eels and allowing just three balls to leave the infield.
Vance Smith recorded Clay City's only hit, a two-out bloop single to right in the top of the fifth.
3B -- Northview (Barr). 2B -- Northview (Deakins 2, Peters).