One big inning was enough for Martinsville's softball squad as sophomore hurler Lynn Zloty kept Northview's bats quiet for the most part in a 5-1 win for the Artesians.
Martinsville led off with a pair of hits in the first inning and three early walks helped them bring home three runners in the opening frame.
Northview would close the gap with a run of their own in the third inning as Jenna Godsey reached first base on an error and moved to second on a passed ball. Kayla Glassburn's groundout moved Godsey to third and she came home on an infield single by Jennifer Gregg who beat a two-out throw to first base.
That hit however would be one of only two for the Knights in the contest as Zloty used good velocity and pitch selection to hold Northview at bay for much of the game.
"She's a pretty good pitcher," commented Northview coach Jason Wise. "But outside of that first inning it with some mistakes it would have been a 2-2 game."
However, the Artesians added another run on a Jessica Breeden home run to centerfield in the fourth inning and a clinching score in the seventh.
The Knights threatened in the seventh as leadoff hitter Natalie Shoemaker reached on a walk and Chandra Burns flared a liner to right-center field, but a lineout by Kayla Harlan, a force play at third and a groundout ended the contest.
"I don't like to lose," said Wise. "But I can't be too disappointed with how we played tonight. Casey (Challandes) played great defense tonight and I was real happy with how Stephanie (Jonson) pitched."
Jonson threw seven innings for the Knights, allowing five runs on just six hits, but allowed eight walks in the game. Zloty meanwhile held Northview to two hits while striking out three.
"That's a pretty good team," Wise said of Martinsville. "I fully expect them to be one of the best team's in our sectional."
The Knights will travel to Bloomington South on Monday night for a 5:30 p.m. game.
WP -- Zloty (Mv), LP -- Jonson (Nv)
2B -- Mville (Gwaltney). HR -- Mville (Breeden).