Times Sports Editor
Fourteen strikeouts and earning a pitching victory.
If your Brock Lawson then that's a pretty nice way to celebrate your birthday and he's got the weekend to savor a 14-4 Northview win over Owen Valley on Friday night.
"(Brock) Lawson pitched great," said Knights' coach Gary Witham. "His curveball looked great tonight."
That curveball proved very elusive for the Patriots after a two run first inning lead quickly began to unravel in the third inning.
Northview's Curtis Peters blasted a two-run homerun to knock the game in the third frame.
The Patriots climbed back on top in the fifth inning when they got an RBI double to grab a 4-2 advantage.
Then the Patriots lost control. Literally.
The Knights' Matt Nodley led off the frame with one of six walks that three different Patriot pitchers served up and Northview took full advantage.
"I thought our hitters showed pretty good patience," observed Witham. "And we took advantage of that."
Peters followed Nodley's walk with a line single to set the plate for Scotty Wheeler.
Wheeler stepped in and blasted a two-run double to tie the score and Ryne Barr followed with an RBI double of his own to give the Knights a lead they wouldn't relinquish.
A walk to Nick Lancaster ended the evening for Dylan Christenberry on the mound for the Patriots. But the Knights weren't done.
Michael Pettijohn took over the mound duties, but fared not better.
Keaton Robertson drew a walk and Cody Crooks followed up with a single to centerfield to bring home Lancaster. After a fielder's choice grounder by Kyle Pestoff, Zac Niehaus drew another walk and Nodley followed up an outstanding diving defensive play in the field in the top of the frame, by scoring Robertson on an RBI flyball.
Pettijohn's night ended after he walked both Peters and Dylan Kruse brought home the seventh run of the inning.
All told, the Knights scored seven runs on just four hits, but drew the six walks to grab a 9-4 lead.
Witham was quick to credit his hitters in the inning however.
"Scotty Wheeler came through with a big pinch-hit when we needed it," said Witham. "And Curtis Peters' homerun was a really big hit."
Lawson made sure his teammates got right back to the plate by striking out three straight batters in the top of the sixth inning.
Northview's Lancaster doubled to start the inning and Robertson followed by beating out an infield single. The throw to first base squirted free and into the Patriots' dugout to bring Lancaster home.
Up stepped Crooks to the plate and sliced a single to leftfield to reach base. A pair of wild pitches scored both Robertson and Crooks for a 12-4 lead and brought in a new pitcher.
Patience paid off against the new hurler as well.
Niehaus walked, Peters did the same and Kruse drew a free pass as well to load the bases for Drake Stevenson.
The fourth ball to Stevenson got away from the Patriots' catcher to score the 13th run of the game and Peters never slowed down rounding third base. Peters beat the throw from the catcher at the backstop to end the game via the 10-run rule.
The win is the Knights' third straight and improves their record to 7-11 overall. Northview travels to Danville today for an 11 a.m. start.
Lawson (W, 3-2) and Robertson; Christenberry, Pettijohn (5), Hamilton (5), Turley (6).