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Big innings lead Knights to WIC sweep

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Northview's Erin Brackney allowed just one unearned run in her opening win over the Sullivan Golden Arrows. The Knights won 7-1.

The Knights' bats were slow but deadly on Monday night versus conference foe Sullivan.

Northview didn't score a single run in the first three innings of either game of their double header with the Golden Arrows, however, in the final three innings of the first game they scored all seven runs to win 7-1. In game number two they tallied 12 runs over the last three frames to get a 12-1.

The common denominator for each game was solid starting pitching for the Knights.

Northview opened with Erin Brackney who allowed an unearned run in the first inning and then shut down Sullivan, holding them scoreless on three hits over the final six innings.

In the second contest, Denae Whittington took the hill and kept the Arrows scoreless over the first six innings while allowing just two hits and striking out six in the game.

Kayla Glassburn had two hits and three RBI's and Stacey Nichols added another three hits for the Knights.

The Knights fell behind 1-0 in the first inning on a pair of errors but rallied to tie the score on a Glassburn single in the fourth inning.

The Knights would blow open the game in the fifth inning when five hits led to three runs and a 4-1 lead that they would not relinquish.

The defense, though shaky in the first frame, rallied to take center stage in the second inning when they erased leadoff singles by Maeggan Helton and Marie Pierson with a triple play.

A liner by Nicole Hoke was caught by second baseman Jennifer Gregg who doubled off a pinchrunner at second and caught Pierson off first for the third out.

Millie Carr had a pair of hits in the game along with Elise Sterrett who also had two RBI's. Sara Frazier added a run scoring double for the Knights.

In the second game, Whittington was in control from the start versus Sullivan.

She allowed just one batter past second base through the first six innings while her teammates scrapped for runs in the early going.

In the top of the fifth inning the Knights finally got on the board as Erica Koehler singled to open the frame.

Nichols beat out an errant throw to first on an infield hit. The throw would sail to the fence and Koehler would come around to score. A Glassburn single would move Nichols to second before back-to-back groundouts would send Nichols across the plate. A single by Chandra Burns would score Glassburn with the third run of the game by the Knights.

After another two runs crossed the plate in the sixth inning, Northview put the game away thanks to some timely hitting and crumbling Sullivan defense.

Jennifer Gregg was hit with a pitch to open the inning and Natalie Shoemaker got her second hit of the game before Burns was hit to load the bases. Carr drove Gregg and Shoemaker home with a double to centerfield.

A pair of errors would score Burns and allow Frazier to reach base before another pair of throwing errors cleared the bases once again. When the dust had settled Northview had rang up seven runs on just three hits but five Sullivan errors.

Whittington would allow an unearned run in the seventh but the Knights capped off the sweep and a 6-2 WIC record (10-2 overall).

Northview Softball

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Game One

Sullivan1000000-- 132
Northview000133--- 7132

WP -- Brackney

LP -- McKinney

Game Two

Northview0000327-- 12122
Sullivan0000001-- 137

WP -- Whittington

LP -- Hoke

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