BY CLAY CUNNINGHAM
Times Staff Reporter
After a tough weekend, the Northview baseball team rebounded with a dominant 14-1 victory over South Vermillion on Tuesday.
The Knights were led on the mound by ace Brock Lawson.
Lawson improved to 5-0 on the season, allowing one run and four hits, while striking out nine and walking just one over four innings of work. Coach Scott McDonald was all praise for the senior pitcher.
"Brock has been our most consistent player all year," McDonald said. If we can get him four or five runs, we will win every time (he pitches)."
On offense, the Knights exploded beyond their coaches scoring expectations, blasting 14 runs. The onslaught started early when Zac Niehaus blasted a two-run homer in the first inning. McDonald said it was crucial for his team to start fast after struggling to produce offensively on Saturday.
The Knights responded stronger in each successive inning, adding three runs in the second, four in the third and five in the fourth. Niehaus drove in four runs overall while Kyle Pestoff drove in two. Also collecting RBI's were Caleb Mason, Broc Potter, Drake Stevenson, Caleb Bell and Joey Thomas, who drove in the game's final runs with a two-run single off the bench in the fourth inning.
The win moved Northview to 10-9. McDonald said he expected the momentum of his club's lopsided win to carry over into upcoming contests.
"We have got to get more consistent," McDonald said. "But I am seeing things in each game that makes me think we are on our way to getting over the hump."
Northview returns to action Friday against Owen Valley.
2B- NV (Mershon) 3B- (Stevenson) HR- (Niehaus)