- Softball team drops pair of contests
The Northview Knights capped off perhaps the toughest stretch of games this season to date by winning certainly their biggest contests in Saturday's Big 4 Tournament.
After splitting their two game series with West Vigo on Friday night, the Knights opened up Saturday's play with a 12-10 victory over Terre Haute North before taking the championship game versus Terre Haute South, 10-5.
The victories gave Northview head coach Gary Witham his 500th and 501st victories of his coaching career.
The road to the tournament title was far from easy for the Knights who used a big six run fifth inning versus the Patriots and a three run seventh frame to nab the opening round victory. Northview also had to rely on a six run inning in the championship game, doing much of their damage in the bottom of the sixth inning versus the Braves for the tournament title.
Versus the Patriots, the Knights opened with three runs in the first inning which was answered by a five run North inning in the bottom of the second frame.
However, Shawn Hughes came in to relieve T.J. King on the mound and got the win as the Knights capitalized on six Patriot errors in the field.
King had three hits in the game and scored twice while Hughes added two hits, including a double, scored twice and added an RBI. Sophomore Codey Jones had a triple and three runs driven in for Northview in the victory which gave the Patriots just their third loss of the season versus 17 wins.
In the championship game, Brady Shoemaker wielded the big bat for the Knights versus South who advanced with an 8-0 win over West Vigo.
Shoemaker got Northview started on the right foot, blasting a two-run homerun in the first inning to help put the Knights up 4-0 after two innings.
The Braves however, would respond with five runs of their own off of Nick Wells who would settle down after the third inning, not allowing another run.
Shoemaker's three hit game, included a pair of doubles, four RBIs and two runs scored. Ryan Nees added another three RBIs with a pair of hits and both King and Jones had a pair of base hits for the Knights.
Shane Cooper chipped in a double and two runs scored for Northview which had 11 hits in the game and advanced to 14-5 overall this season with the Knight's third Big Four Classic victory.
King, Hughes (4) and Edrington. Myles, Feathers (6), Phegley (7) and Kellett.
W -- Hughes, 1-0. L -- Feathers 3-2.
HR -- THN (Cummings, Satterfield, Kellett)
Vicars, Waggoner (2), Bogle (6) and Pettit. Wells and Trout
W -- Wells (2-2). L -- Waggoner 1-1.
HR -- Shoemaker.
Terre Haute South continued their unbeaten season by defeating Terre Haute North and West Vigo for the Big Four Classic softball title on Saturday.
Northview dropped a pair of contests, 4-0 to Terre Haute North and 10-4 to West Vigo for fourth place.
In the opener, Natalie Shoemaker broke up a no-hitter in the seventh inning for the Knights and both Kayla Glassburn and Kayla Harlan added singles in a 4-0 loss to the Patriots who had just five hits of their own.
In the third-place game, West Vigo scored six runs in the third inning to pick up the win versus the Knights who got two hits apiece from Jennifer Gregg and Jenna Godsey while Harlan had a double. Glassburn, Chandra Burns and Casey Challandes each had hits.
The Knights will face Riverton Parke at home tonight beginning at 5 p.m.