On a day where Northview's softball field was playing much like Wrigley Field with the wind gusting strongly to centerfield, oddly enough, pitching dominated.
However, it was the Knights who were just able to scrape out the victory with a single run on three consecutive hits in the bottom of the sixth inning to get a 1-0 run over Clay County rival Clay City.
Northview's Denae Whittington gave up just three hits while pitching a complete game shutout to get her fourth win of the season against no defeats.
"You have to give them credit," said Northview coach Jason Wise afterwards. "They are the best team we've played this season, they are solid all the way around. They've got a great program."
For Clay City, Loni Rhodes got the start on the mound and was equally impressive, throwing four scoreless innings and allowing just two hits before giving way to Kari Bettenbrock in the fifth inning.
Both Rhodes and Whittington were nearly unhittable through the first four innings.
Whittington gave up a first inning single to Lacy Brown before settling in to retire 10 of the next 12 Clay City batters through four innings.
Rhodes gave way to Bettenbrock in the fifth inning and the Knights got their bats going in the sixth frame.
After Natalie Shoemaker struckout to open the inning, Chandra Burns ripped a double to center followed by a single by Millie Carr that moved Burns to third base.
Erin Brackney got to be the hero at the plate on Tuesday when she picked up an infield single that scored Burns ahead of the throw to home plate.
Whittington then retired the side in order in the seventh inning to give Northview a 5-0 start this season.
The Knights travel to Shakamak tonight for a 5 p.m. start with the Lakers. Clay City falls to 2-1 overall and will host Sullivan for a doubleheader on Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m.
2B -- Northview (Burns). HBP -- Northview (Nichols, Frazier, Gregg).
|Bettenbrock L (2-1)||4||1||1||0||1|
|Whittington W (4-0)||7.0||3||0||0||2||2|