CLAY CITY —
Craig Peters led Northview’s defense and offense Tuesday evening in an 18-5 victory against Clay County rival Clay City on the Eels’ home field.
On the mound, Peters struck out six walked four and scattered five Clay City runs over 41/3 innings for his first win of the season. Then at the plate, the senior was 3-for-4 with a double and five RRI.
Northview, now 3-0, scored three runs in the first inning, two in the second and broke the contest open with a seven-run, six-hit third inning.
Northview unloaded a 15-hit attack on the very young Eels. In addition to Peters, the Knights got three hits, including two doubles from Bo Stewart.
“[The Clay City pitchers] were falling behind in the count a lot. When we got a pitch to hit I thought we put some pretty good swings on it. I didn’t like our approach early in the count. We want to be aggressive early in the count [and] we took a lot of first-pitch strikes that normally we shouldn’t be doing. [But] for the most part we did what we needed to do,” Northview coach Scott McDonald said.
Clay City, now 0-3, had to pull starting pitcher Seth Barrett due to a sore shoulder after just five batters. First-year coach Tim Leffler said he pulled the sophomore as a precaution.
With Northview’s half of the first inning going long, Peters went to the mound cold and stiff. Clay City took advantage of it, scoring two runs on two hits.
“I think [Peters] was just tight. It was so cold, you can’t feel your hand and when it’s cold that’s the hardest thing for a pitcher to do is throw strikes. Once he got through that first inning he kind of got the blood flowing and little bit of flow along with the game itself. I thought he settled down and did okay,” McDonald said.
Northview 327 200 4 — 18 15 2
Clay City 200 300 0 — 5 5 2
Peters (W, 1-0), Butts (5) and B.Stewart; Barrett (L, 0-1), Gard (1), Yocom (4) and Denker.
Next — Northview (3-0) will host Martinsville on Thursday. Clay City (0-3) plays at home Saturday against Sullivan.