Northview's unbeaten streak to open the season came to and end on Saturday as visiting Mount Vernon posted a pair of victories over the Knights.
Defensive miscues and cool bats sparked both losses as the Wildcats won 9-2 in the opening contest and shutdown the Knights in six innings in game two, 10-0.
"All three phases (hitting, defense, and pitching) were not near as good as we expected it to be today," coach Scott McDonald said. "After the big win against Martinsville the night before, we felt that we had an emotional let down."
Mount Vernon scored a single run in each of the first three innings of the first game, all of the runs coming off Knights' starter, Caleb Mason.
Kodie Girton came on in relief, but didn't have any more success as the Wildcats put six runs on the board in the sixth inning.
"Mt. Vernon was a very good hitting team, but we needed to make the routine plays and game one would have been a different story," McDonald added.
Northview committed five errors in the opening loss.
Zac Niehaus provided three hits for the Knights in the opener.
"Niehaus continues to swing the bat with great results, we just need the other guys to step up as well," McDonald said.
In the second game, Mount Vernon got to starter, T.J. Decker early as the Wildcats scored four runs in the first three innings before Logan Kile relieved the freshman.
The Knights defense still struggled, making four miscues in the field and still couldn't find any sort of rhythm at the plate.
"The Mt. Vernon pitcher we faced in the first game was very good, we hit him alright, but we just couldn't put an inning together," McDonald said. "The second game pitcher we should have hit much better, we just didn't make the adjustments."
Drake Stevenson had a triple for the Knights at bat.
Despite the losses, McDonald is still confident his team will rebound quickly.
"This is a young team and we need to learn the importance of playing each game as a must win," commented McDonald. "That will come with time, and I accept responsibility for them not being mentally ready to play. We will come out and play much better on Tuesday at Bloomington North."
Stemphe (W) and Conville; Mason (L, 1-1), Girton (4), Sanders (7) and Brown, Lunsford (7).
Hames (W) and Conville; Decker (L, 0-1), Kyle (4), Hull (6) and Lunsford.
Next game: Northview travels to Bloomington North on Tuesday.