Times Sports Editor
There hasn't been a shortage of rainy weather this spring and Wabash Valley athletic teams have made due with the little sunshine that they've seen. On Friday night, Northview outlasted the weather to complete a Western Indiana Conference baseball match-up with Edgewood.
The game may have gotten started nearly 45 minutes late after a mountain of Diamond Dry was spread over the Knights' field to make conditions playable, but Northview made up for lost time with their bats.
Northview jumped on Edgewood starting pitcher, Josh Collier, for eight runs over the first two innings and Brock Lawson threw six shutout innings on the way to a 9-0 Knights' win.
"It was real important for us to get out to that lead," Northview coach Scott McDonald said. "We had a team meeting after the West Vigo (loss) on Tuesday and we talked about intensity and playing with a chip on our shoulders."
Max Walton drew a leadoff walk to open the game for the Mustangs and was still standing on first base with two outs when Lawson struck out Matt Erwin for what should have been the third out.
However, the ball got past Northview catch Roy Brown and Erwin reached base.
Haydon DuMond drew a two-out walk for the Mustangs to load the bases and Lawson appeared to be in some trouble.
Collier didn't' have nearly as much success in avoiding trouble. The Knights made sure of that in a big way.
In the bottom half of the first inning, Andrew Butts led off with a walk before Caleb Mason rifled a double to the leftfield wall. Zac Niehaus followed by lifting a deep flyball that was caught, which scored Butts for the first run.
Northview was far from done as Craig Bell blasted a double to score Mason and Kyle Pestoff shot a grounder down the rightfield line to score a run.
With a 3-0 lead, Northview played add-on as Matt Nodley singled and stole second to move Pestoff to third base. Roy Brown blooped a single to short centerfield to score a run and TJ Decker singled to score Nodley for a 5-0 lead.
A wildpitch brought home Brown and Northview had a comfortable 6-0 lead to open the game.
"Getting Edgewood out and then putting six up in our half really took them out of the game," McDonald said of the Knights early outburst.
Lawson settled in after the shaky first inning, not allowing another free pass the remainder of his six innings on the mound and allowing just one single in a shutout stint.
"Brock was just dominating," McDonald said.
The Knights added to their lead in the second inning off Collier as Butts lined a stand-up triple to the all in centerfield to set the plate for Mason's cue shot single over the head of the Edgewood first baseman. Mason would later come home on an RBI groundout by Mason.
Lawson held the Mustangs scoreless over his six innings before giving way to Decker, who pitched a scoreless seventh inning in the win. He also drove in Northview's final run of the game, bringing out pinch-runner Joey Thomas, who ran for Pestoff after his single.
After a 12-hit outburst, while allowing just one hit from the Mustangs, McDonald was happy his team could build some confidence heading into a pair of Big Four games at Terre Haute North today.
"I think this was an excellent start to a big weekend," McDonald said.
Northview improves to 9-7 overall and 2-1 in the WIC heading into today's 9 a.m. opener with Terre Haute North followed immediately afterwards by a game with Terre Haute South.
2B -- Nv (Bell, K.Pestoff, Mason). 3B -- Nv (Butts). SB -- Nv (Butts, Nodley, Stevenson).
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