SPENCER -- The Northview softball team kicked off their season on Tuesday night with a road trip to Owen Valley.
Unfortunately their bats didn't make the trip with them.
The Patriots held Northview to just four hits and were able to scrap out a 3-0 Western Indiana Conference victory.
Sophomore pitcher, Stephanie Jonson, dominated in the early going and struckout 14 Owen Valley batters, but would be the hardluck loser when the Patriots squeezed out three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.
"I expected a lot more out of them," commented first year head coach Bethany Jones. "I thought our freshmen came out and played well, but I think we kind of came out and went through the motions."
Jonson was dominating throughout the first three innings when she allowed just one hit, a double to fellow pitcher, Tonya Ross. Jonson also struckout seven batters over that time frame. However, it was the fateful fourth inning that was the deciding factor.
Tabitha Truax led off with a bloop single to rightfield before Jonson struckout the next two batters. Ross, once more, provided the big blow with a double that scored a Patriots' pinchrunner to get Owen Valley on the board. Annette Lucas reached via walk before a wildpitch advanced both runners into scoring position before Beth Kendall was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Jonson would walk Jessica White to bring home the Patriots' second run of the game before an infield bloop single brought home the third run for Owen Valley.
The Knights' best scoring chance came in the fifth inning when Lindsay Thomas singled and Traci Sanders, pinch-hitting, bunted and was thrown out at first in the sacrifice. Thomas however was caught when she attempted to reach third base, which ended the Northview threat.
Northview hit several balls hard in the later innings, but the Patriots were there to make every play and hold on for the shutout.
Also picking up hits for the Knights were Jennifer Gregg, Chandra Burns and Kyler Clark.
The Knights (0-1 overall, 0-1 WIC) will get a rematch with the Patriots at home this evening beginning at 5 p.m.
2B -- Nv (None), OV (Ross 2). SB -- Nv (Clark, Gregg), OV (None). HBP -- OV (Kendall).
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