Times Sports Editor
The Northview baseball team opened its conference schedule with an 8-0 blanking of Sullivan on Monday evening.
The Knights got a complete game shutout by senior Curtis Peters who kept the Arrows off balance on the way to an 11 strikeout, three-hit performance.
"Curtis pitched a real nice game," said Northview coach Gary Witham. "I think he was throwing as hard at the end as he was at the end. He really rose to the occasion."
The Knight posted a pair of runs in the first inning, but held onto the slim lead until breaking the game open with six more runs in the sixth inning.
Ryne Barr led off the game with a walk and moved to third on a stolen base and a wild pitch. Keaton Robertson brought him home with an RBI single, one of four hits for the senior catcher.
Robertson moved to second on his own stolen base and came home on an RBI single up the box by Cody Crooks.
That lead would stand for the next four innings as Peters worked his way around a runner in scoring position in the third inning, who reached via an error. In the fourth frame, Aaron Clements reached with Sullivan's first hit of the game, but was stranded . Caleb Abrams reached in the fifth on a single, but Peters again got out of the jam with a strikeout and a diving play by Barr to get a force out at second base.
Northview played add on in the sixth inning thanks to a pair of Sullivan errors and an RBI single by Robertson to drive in Nick Lancaster who had scored Matt Nodley on an infield single.
Zac Niehaus led off the inning with a double and Nodley reached on an error. After back-to-back strikeouts, Barr singled and Lancaster followed with his own infield single for an RBI.
Crooks added another RBI with a ringing double to drive home Crooks to cap the six-run outburst.
"(Sullivan's) kid had a pretty nice curveball," said Witham of the Arrows' Austin Nash. "We had some trouble with left handers, but we left some men on base. It took us some time to get hits."
Peters finished up the game by striking out a pair of batters in the seventh inning to cap the victory.
The Knights will play host to the Northview Invitational on Saturday at 11 a.m.
2B -- Nv (Crooks, Niehaus). SB -- Nv (Barr, Robertson 2, Crooks).