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Knights' season ends in one-run loss to Artesians

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

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Casey Challandes ranges to her right to pick up a grounder in their sectional opener Monday night. Challandes also had a single in the Knights 2-1 loss.

The Martinsville Artesians one-run luck in the Northview Sectional continued on Monday night, posting a 2-1 win over host Northview to advance to the sectional semifinal tonight.

Martinsville won a pair of one-run games in last year's sectional (2-1 over Bloomington North, 1-0 over T.H. South) to advance to the finals before a loss to Terre Haute North in the final.

Tonight they'll get a rematch with the Patriots who were also 2-1 winners, beating Mooresville in the sectional's opening game.

For the Knights, freshman pitcher Stephanie Jonson was the hard luck loser despite throwing a complete game one hitter for Northview.

However it was Martinsville who took advantage of their opportunities with runners in scoring position.

Both Artesian runs were scored in the sixth inning with two outs as Jessica Breeden walked to open the inning and Elizabeth Gwaltney singled to centerfield. After Jonson coaxed a popup on a bunt from Heather Cook and a popup from Ryan Gluff. A throwing error to first base allowed both runners to advance into scoring position.

The first run scored on a slightly odd incident as Northview coach Jason Wise elected to intentionally walk Mikala Trimble. Jonson's second pitch soared high over catcher Kayla Harlan's head and Breeden came home to break the scoreless deadlock.

Trimble eventually reached when she was hit by a pitch and Chelsea Scott smacked a hard shot to the third base side that scooted out of Casey Challandes' glove and Gwaltney scored the second Martinsville run.

The Knights had their own chances earlier in the contest but a couple of baserunning errors proved costly.

In the fourth inning, Chandra Burns walked to open the inning and Heather Kingery came in to pinchrun. After Jenna Godsey sacrificed Kingery to second base with two outs, Challandes blooped a short fly to centerfield.

Kingery hesitated at second base before taking off on contact with two outs and when Challandes' flyball dropped for a single, Kingery was thrown out in a close play at the plate.

The incident was only one of a couple of different oddities on the basepaths for the Knights who also suffered a runner's interference call for one out in the third inning and another inning was ended when a runner left early from first base in a steal attempt.

However, the Knights did rally in the sixth inning as Jennifer Gregg reached base to lead off the frame when her grounder was bobbled by the Martinsville shortstop. After Zloty struck out Natalie Shoemaker and Burns popped out. Kayla Harlan worked the count full against the Artesian hurler and then erased thoughts of her previous two strikeouts by drilling a run scoring double to the wall that brought home Gregg.

The run brought the Knights to within one run once again, but Zloty got Jenna Godsey to groundout to end the sixth inning threat.

Jonson set Martinsville down in order in the seventh inning to set up the Knights' final shot, but a two out Jessica Raderstorf pinch-hit single went for naught when Kayla Glassburn, who already had two hits, popped out to end the contest.

For the game, Jonson allowed just two runs on one hit while walking three and striking out three.

Zloty meanwhile will move on with the Artesians to the semifinals after striking out six batters and walking two.

In tonight's action at the Northview Sectional, Martinsville will meet Terre Haute North at 5:30 p.m. with Terre Haute South to face Plainfield in the second game.

Martinsville0000020-- 211
Northview0000010-- 152

Jonson and Harlan. Zloty and Breeden.

WP -- Zloty. LP -- Jonson

2B -- Harlan (Nv).

-- Also of note, Northview's Kayla Glassburn had two singles in the game.



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