JASONVILLE -- A potent offense had sparked the Northview baseball team to wins in sixth of its first seven games of the season, but on Thursday evening it was the pitching that led the Knights to a 5-1 victory over Shakamak.
T.J. Decker got the start for the Knights and held the Lakers scoreless over the first five innings while giving up just three hits. How-ever, the bullpen kept things a little bit exciting as some uncharacteristic wildness gave Shakamak a shot at a late rally.
Zac Niehaus came in to nail down the victory, getting the final two outs.
Niehaus also turned an important double play from his shortstop position in the sixth inning to help get the Knights out of a jam.
The Knights drew the Lakers' PJ Hill, arguably Shakamak's top pitcher, but got to him for all five runs over his four innings of work.
Zach Hull smacked a hit-and-run single to set the plate for Seth Lunsford, who had an RBI to open the scoring. Hull also had an RBI single in the third inning before Hull drew a bases loaded walk to put the Knights up 3-0.
In the fourth frame, Andrew Butts doubled with two outs before Niehaus smashed his third home run of the season over the left field wall.
The Knights, now receiving votes for 11th-place in the Class 4A coaches' poll, improved to 7-1 overall and hosts Plainfield this afternoon for a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m.
2B -- Nv: Butts. HR -- Nv: Niehaus (3). SB -- Nv: Thomas, Trout. CS -- Nv: Stevenson.
|Hill (L, 1-1)||4.0||5||7||3||4|
|Decker (W, 1-0)||5.0||3||0||2||4|