Red hot Knights put Warriors on blast in sweep
By CAREY FOX
Times Sports Editor
DANVILLE — The Northview baseball team is dialed in right now, which shouldn’t be too surprising considering it is May.
On Saturday afternoon, the Knights swept a twinbill on the road at Danville in dominating fashion, 11-0 and 17-2. The Warriors had come into the game ranked 12th in Class 3A. The wins were Northview’s ninth and 10th straight this season. Over the course of the last three seasons, the Knights are a combined 34-2 in the month of May. Needless to say, as the weather has warmed up, so have the Northview bats. The team has averaged 12 runs per game during its 10-game victory streak.
On Friday evening, Northview took on Vigo County rival Terre Haute North in what was expected to be a tight battle. And it was, for awhile at least.
Northview scratched out a first inning run as Trey Shaw reached base and would later score after going from second to third on a pitch that skipped in the dirt. He would score on an errant throw to put the Knights on top. Patriot pitcher Blade Pittman got out of what could have been a bigger jam after the first three Knights reached base in the inning.
In the second inning, Dylan Zentko singled and then was sacrificed to second. Braden Nevins drew a one-out walk and Shaw came through with an RBI base hit. Braydon Tucker compounded the Patriot deficit with a two-run double and a 4-0 Knights’ lead.
Zentko was doing work on the mound as well and kept the Patriots hitless until the third inning when North scored its first run. The Patriots added another run in the fourth inning as Nathan Foxworthy and Denny Zigler had base hits. Pinch runner Cade Moore scored on a sacrifice fly to get North within 4-2.
Northview would get a run back in the fifth inning as Gavin Morris walked to lead off the frame and pinch runner Parker Johnson scored on a bunt, error and a fielder’s choice.
The powder keg that is Northview’s offense in May was simmering and finally blew up in the sixth inning.
Brevan Harper drew a walk to start a nine-run inning. Brigham Booe and Trey Tucker each had two-run singles and Tucker added a two-run triple.
Braydon Tucker was 4-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs, Shaw added three hits in four at-bats with two runs driven in and both Trey Tucker and Zentko had two hits.
Northview rode their momentum directly into Saturday’s road jaunt up to Danville to take on a Warriors team that was on a 6-2 streak.
Trey Shaw started the game off with a base hit and Braydon Tucker reached on a fielder’s choice. Brigham Booe doubled and Gavin Morris brought home a run with a fly ball. Trey Tucker drove home a run with a base hit as Northview took a 2-0 lead.
The Knights were at it again in the third inning as Braydon Tucker doubled and Booe singled. Morris brought home a run with a double and Trey Tucker’s grounder brought home a second run. The Knights led 5-0 through three innings and with Braydon Tucker on the mound it was plenty of run support.
Tucker would go all five innings and struck out six to get the shutout victory and allowed just three hits without issuing a walk.
The Knights added four more runs on four hits in the fourth inning as Shaw singled, Morris walked and both Trey Tucker and Zentko had base hits. Pinch hitter Brevan Harper smacked a double. Northview finished the onslaught with two more runs in the fifth inning as Shaw singled and stole second. Braydon Tucker drove him home with a base hit. Booe drew a walk and Morris drove in a run with his second double of the game.
The first six hitters in the Northview lineup were a combined 14-for-21 at the plate with 10 RBIs.
Game two did not go much better if you were a Warriors fan though the Warriors were able to take an early 2-0 lead in the first inning.
The Knights weren’t able to strike until a three-run third inning when they took control and did not look back.
Shaw, Braydon Tucker and Booe each had base hits and Morris drilled a three-run home run to put Northview on top, 3-2.
Northview continued to pick up momentum in the fourth inning with another three-run outburst. Morris and Booe would later supply the power to put away the Warriors. Morris homered for the second time with a sixth inning blast and Booe smashed a grand slam during a nine-run seventh inning.
Booe and Zentko were each 4-for-5 at the plate in the second game. Booe had four RBIs and Morris drove in five runs with his home runs. Shaw produced four RBIs by going 2-for-5 at the plate. Morris would get the pitching victory with six innings of two-run baseball with four strikeouts. Kaleb Farkas closed out the win with an inning of scoreless work.
The Knights are now 17-5 overall and travel to Edgewood to play in the third-place Western Indiana Conference crossover game on Tuesday evening at 5:30 p.m.
Saturday game one
NORTHVIEW (AB-R-H-RBI) — Shaw 4-2-3-0; B. Tucker 4-2-2-1; Booe 3-3-2-1; Morris 3-2-2-3; T. Tucker 4-1-2-3; Zentko 3-0-3-2; Osborn 2-0-0-0; Harper 1-0-1-0; Allen 3-0-0-0; Swearingen 2-0-0-0; Johnson 0-1-0-0. Totals: 30-11-15-10
DANVILLE (AB-R-H-RBI) — Mills 2-0-0-0; Morrell 2-0-0-0; Lawson 2-0-1-0; Wynn 2-01-0; Broderick 2-0-1-0; Ramirez 2-0-0-0; Buchanan 2-0-0-0; Shaffer 1-0-0-0; Snider 1-0-0-0. Totals: 16-0-3-0.
LOB--Northview 6, Danville 1. ERR-- Broderick, Mills. 2B--Braydon Tucker, Brevan Harper, Brigham Booe, Gavin Morris (2). SB--Trey Shaw, Broderick.
|B. Tucker (W)||5.0||3||0||0||0||6|
Saturday game two
NORTHVIEW (AB-R-H-RBI) — Shaw 5-1-2-4; B. Tucker 4-2-1-0; Booe 5-3-4-4; Morris 4-3-2-5; T. Tucker 4-1-1-0; Zentko 5-1-4-1; Harper 2-2-2-0; Allen 5-1-1-0; Boor 0-0-0-0; Nevins 2-2-1-3; Timberman 0-1-0-0. Totals: 36-17-18-17.
DANVILLE (AB-R-H-RBI) — Ramirez 4-1-1-0; Morrell 3-1-1-0; Lawson 2-0-1-1; Wynn 3-0-0-0; Broderick 3-0-1-0; Macgregor 2-0-0-0; Farsnley 1-0-1-0; Buchanan 2-0-2-0; Snider 2-0-0-0; Shaffer 3-0-0-0. Totals: 25-2-7-2.
LOB--Northview 9, Danville 5. ERR-- Broderick. 2B--Dylan Zentko, Braden Nevins, Brevan Harper, Lawson. 3B--Trey Shaw. HR--Brigham Booe, Gavin Morris (2). SACF--Trey Shaw. SACB-- Snider
NORTHVIEW (AB-R-H-RBI) — Shaw ss 4-3-3-2, B.Tucker 2b 4-0-4-4, Pierce pr 0-1-0-0, Morris 1b-p 3-1-0-0, Johnson pr 0-1-0-0, Farkas p 0-0-0-0, T.Tucker cf 3-1-2-2, Zentko p-1b 4-2-2-1, Osborn dh 3-1-1-1, Swearingen lf 0-0-0-0, Allen c 2-1-0-0, Nevins rf-pr 2-2-0-0, Harper ph 0-0-0-0. Totals 29-14-14-12.
TERRE HAUTE NORTH (AB-R-H-RBI) — Mundell cf 2-0-0-0, Kelly rf-p-rf 2-0-0-0, Elder 3b 3-0-0-0, Egger 1b 3-0-1-0, Foxworthy dh 2-0-1-0, Moore pr 0-1-0-0, Beddow ph 1-0-1-0, Pittman p 0-0-0-0, Atterson rf-p 0-0-0-0, Vrabic p 0-0-0-0, Zigler lf 3-0-1-0, Latta c 2-0-0-1, Adkins ss 2-1-1-0, Craig 2b 2-0-0-1. Totals 22-2-5-2.
E — Latta 2, Elder. DP — THN 1. LOB — Northview 9, THN 5. 2B — B.Tucker. 3B — B.Tucker. SB — Mundell, T.Tucker, Osborn, Timberman (Northview courtesy runner). CS — Booe. SH — Osborn, T.Tucker. SF — Latta, Shaw.