By CAREY FOX
Softball fans at Northview High School got a look at how well the Knights can play the past two nights despite losing a second straight game to Class 3A's fifth-ranked Edgewood Mustangs.
Coming off a 3-2 road loss to the Mustangs on Tuesday night the Knights played excellent defense and tallied eight hits, but couldn't quite get over the hump in a 4-2 loss Wednesday.
"We've really played well the past two games," commented Northview coach Jason Wise. "The last two games we've really hit the ball well, but just haven't gotten the hits when we've needed them."
Northview jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the second inning as Chandra Burns reached base on a throwing error to first base and Casey Challandes followed with a one-out single.
Senior Elise Sterrett singled off Edgewood pitcher Sarah Thompson's glove to load the bases before Brittany Brown drew a a walk that brought home Burns.
Northview pitcher Stephanie Jonson worked her way out of trouble after a two-out double in the first inning and allowing a baserunner in each of the first three frames.
The Mustangs would finally crack the scoring column in the fourth inning as Nathena Duncan tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a wildpitch.
Northview would get a pair of singles in their half of the inning, one each from Sterrett and Kayla Glassburn, but Thompson would induce a popup from Jennifer Gregg to end the threat.
"We had our chances tonight," said Wise. "We had the bases loaded in the second inning and only scored one and had runners on second and third another time but couldn't get the big hit."
The Knights showed off their much improved defense in the fifth inning after Ashley Copas, Amber Pederson and Lisa Heaton all reached base before Duncan singled home Copas. However, Jenna Young grounded back to Jonson on the mound who threw to home for the force play and Kayla Harlan's relay to first base turned the double play.
The Mustangs picked up a pair of runs in the inning to take a 3-1 lead over the Knights.
Northview kept the advantage to two runs in the top of the sixth inning by turning another double play before Edgewood extended their lead to 4-1 heading into bottom of the seventh inning.
Leadoff hitter Kayla Glassburn reached on a single and senior Natalie Shoemaker reached base when she was hit by a pitch. Harlan's grounder scored Glassburn but Burns lined sharply to first base to end the game.
"It's hard to say that we're peaking right now when we're on a losing streak, but we're playing for the sectional and I think if we play like this we'll cause some teams some trouble."
The Knights will play at the Castle Tournament on Saturday.
WP -- Thompson. LP -- Jonson.
3B -- Duncan. 2B -- Burns, Pederson.