Knights Lose Heartbreaker to Jasper in Extras at Semi-State

JASPER, Ind. - What a game it was between Northview and Jasper.

The game was an emotional roller coaster for the Knights.

Jasper jumped ahead thanks to a 2-run second inning but then Braydon Tucker settled in and didn't allow another run over 7 innings on the mound. The junior picked up 7 strikeouts.

Northview had several chances to get on the board, loading the bases in the second and fourth innings, but couldn't get on the scoreboard.

They would however finally break through in their final at-bat.

Jase Glassburn drew a lead off walk and then Mitchell Howald lined a single into left field to move Glassburn over to third. Trey Shaw grounded into a double play, scoring Glassburn, but the Knights were down to their final out.

With the season on the line, Matt Clawson hit a ground rule double to left field. Next up was Tucker who picked up his third hit on the afternoon, singling through the middle to score the tying run.

Luke Lancaster pitched two perfect innings in relief. In the top of the 10th though, Jasper loaded the bases and ultimately scored the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly.

The Knights, once again facing elimination and down to their last out, kept fighting. Brigham Booe singled to right field. Lancaster followed that with a double down the left field line. As the ball caromed in the corner, Northview coach Craig Trout gave Booe the green light to go home. Jasper executed a perfect relay to gun Booe down at the plate as the junior bowled over the catcher, who held on to make the final out.

The Wildcats picked up the 3-2 victory, ending the Northview season.

Plenty of emotions for the team following the heartbreaking defeat but this team has every reason to hold their heads high.

"The games and the scores will fade. The ring we won last year will carry dust. But all the memories and bus rides home and going to the cabin, all of those I'll keep close to my heart," senior Jase Glassburn said.

"My teammates have been the best teammates I can ever ask for. I'd go to battle with them every day," added senior Luke Lancaster.

"I've put in work with those guys for 4 years now. They've stood by me and I've stood by them. That's something bigger than baseball and that's why it hurts," senior Matt Clawson said.

"We tried to get back to Victory Field so bad. We tried, we tried so hard and gave it our best effort but we fell short," added junior Brigham Booe.

"They embodied Northview baseball. Focus, intensity, toughness, what we talk about and they have every bit of it. To come back down 2-0 and make it a hard fought game. That just shows what they are and who they are and hell they had a chance to win the game. That shows everything they're about," Northview coach Craig Trout said of his senior group.

Saturday's defeat ends Northview's winning streak at 21 games, their first loss since April 12th.

Their exit also ends another impressive streak here in the Wabash Valley. In each of the last 6 years, the Valley had sent at least one representative to the IHSAA State Championship. This will be the first time since 2010 a Valley team will not play at Victory Field.


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