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Cougars come back for softball win

Friday, May 7, 2004

For six innings Thursday evening, the Northview Knights and Bloomington North Panthers played like neither wanted to win the high school softball game.

Bloomington North committed five errors on defense, two base-running errors that led to double plays. Northview put 14 Panthers on base and committed two big base-running errors that killed rallies.

But in the seventh and eighth innings, the Panthers took advantage of the walks and wild pitches and made three big defensive plays to pull out the 6-5 win over the Knights. The Panthers put three hits together with two out in the eighth inning to score the winning run.

"We should never be in a position to win a ball game when we put 14

girls on base from walks and hit batters," Northview Coach Jason Wise said.

Northview put together a nine-hit attack, led by Natalie Shoemaker, Jennifer Gregg and Kayla Harlan with two hits each. Shoemaker and Gregg each had a double and Harlan had two RBI.. Kayla Glassburn had just one hit, but drove in three runs. Brittany Brown rounded out the offense with a single.

Northview took a 5-3 lead into the seventh inning, but Elise Sterrett, who relieved starter Stephanie Jonson in the second inning, walked three batters, hit one and gave up a base hit, allowing Bloomington North to tie the score 5-5. Jonson returned to the mound in the eighth inning and took the loss.

Northview loaded the bases in the bottom of the seventh inning with one out, but the Bloomington North's Kinnear Theobald made a catch in right field for the second out, then charged a slow grounder and threw out Northview's runner at first base.

"At the end of the game we had a chance to win, had two nice hits. It just didn't work out for us," Wise said.

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Hobbs and Crohn; Jonson, Sterrett (2), Jonson (7) and Harlan. W -- Hobbs. L -- Jonson. LOB -- BN 12, Nv 8. 2B -- Sexton, Shoemaker, Gregg.

Next game: Northview (8-7, 5-5 in WIC) plays host to Terre Haute North on Saturday.

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