JASONVILLE -- The Northview softball team is serving notice to future opponents that they should beware of these Knights when they start hitting.
The Knights have been winning with pitching of late and added defense to that on Thursday when they defeated the Shakamak Lakers with a 1-0 decision behind a two-hit shutout by Stephanie Jonson.
"Our defense played well tonight," commented coach Bethany Jones. "The defense was a lot better than our last game (a 5-0 win vs. Bloomington South on Monday). If we can play defense like we did tonight, not many people can beat us."
The lone run of the game came in the top of the third inning as Northview got a one out single from freshman Kyler Clark to centerfield before leadoff hitter Kayla Glassburn smacked a double to the leftfield wall that brought home a 1-0 lead for the Knights.
Meanwhile Jonson was putting up zeroes against the Lakers, striking out six batters through the first three innings without allowing a hit.
Chandra Burns led off the next inning with a single for the Knights but a sacrifice bunt attempt went awry when the ball was popped up, caught and Burns was doubled off at first base.
"Our bats have struggled a bit lately," noted Jones. "But that's what we've been working on the most in practice."
In the sixth inning the Knights' Jennifer Gregg was hit by a pitch with one out and moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Kayla Raderstorf's infield groundball turned into an error when Shakamak's throw to first went wide for an error. Gregg advanced to third with Raderstorf moving to second.
Shakamak pitcher Annie Strahle got out of the inning however when she got an infield popup and a groundout to end the threat.
Jonson meanwhile allowed just one runner to reach second in the game with her defense making several nice plays behind her. Casey Challandes made a long run for a foul popup for an out and in the seventh inning she snared a solid grounder along the third base line from Megan Netherlain and the Knights didn't commit an error in the victory.
"Our defense really stayed awake behind Stephanie (Jonson)," commented Jones. "Our team chemistry is amazing right now. The girls really trust each other and Stephanie knows she can trust the defense behind her. This gives us a lot of confidence heading into the weekend."
Northview got hits from Glassburn, Gregg, Burns, Challandes and Clark in the victory with Jonson striking out 12 in the win that stretched her scoreless innings streak to 25 in a row.
The Knights (3-1-1 overall, 1-1 WIC) will travel to Brown County for a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon beginning at 11 a.m.
2B -- Nv (Glassburn). SB -- Nv (Gregg).
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