Times Sports Editor
The Northview baseball team recently presented awards during its annual banquet following the season.
Though the year ended with a disappointing 10-17 overall record and a first-round sectional exit against Terre Haute South, there were still many reasons to reflect fondly on 2008.
Senior catcher Keaton Robertson led the team with a .391 batting average to earn All-WIC Conference honors and was one of four captains on the squad. For his contributions to the team this year and throughout his successful career, Robertson received the Andrew Griffin Most Valuable Player Award.
Robertson went 36-for-92 at the plate and played in all 27 games for the Knights while driving in a team-high 27 runs. He also led the team in total bases with 58 and had nine doubles, two triples and three home runs while scoring 25 runs. His slugging percentage of .630 was second on the team.
Crooks received the Most Improved Varsity Award while hitting .349 for the season (29-for-83). The senior outfielder also drove home 16 runs and had an on-base percentage of .480 and won the Highest Fielding Percentage Award at .976, committing just four errors all season.
Lancaster, also a senior, hit .278 this year in 26 games and had 14 RBI while reaching base 46 percent of the time with 36 total bases.
On the mound, Lancaster started two games and threw a total of 17 2/3 innings for the Knights with a 1-3 record overall.
He also earned the Mental Attitude Award this season for Northview
Peters returned to the mound in this, his senior year, following arm surgery last year. He compiled a 2.85 ERA to also earn the Low ERA Award for the Knights. He had a 3-5 record and struck out 65 batters in just 51 2/3 innings.
At the plate, Peters batted .314 in 35 at-bats and scored 10 runs with seven RBI. He reached base nearly 48 percent of the time.
Ryne Barr also earned All-WIC status after batting .341 with 30 hits in 88 at-bats and scoring 32 runs to lead Northview. His seven stolen bases also was tops on the team and he drove home 15 runs and reached base at a .514 clip.
The On-Base Percentage Award went to freshman Zac Niehaus who reached base 61 percent of the time and hit .360 with a team-high 15 walks. He had 18 hits in 50 at-bats and had 32 total bases with three home runs.
Dylan Kruse won the Noble Knight Award, playing in 25 games and driving in six runs.
Sophomore Jordan Allen earned the Most Improved JV player Award and saw action in 14 varsity games.