Northview finally showed off what they are capable of when their bats get hot. Unfortunately for visiting South Vermillion, they had the misfortune of being the Knights' opponent on Monday night.
The Knights ripped off 14 hits and batted around two different times on the way to a 12-0 victory in a game shortened to five innings via the 10-run rule.
Stephanie Jonson battled out of a bases loaded situation in the first inning to hold the Wildcats scoreless and the Knights got their offense started in their half of the inning.
Kayla Glassburn ripped a double to centerfield to leadoff for the Knights and Kayla Raderstorf brought her home with a single after Lindsay Thomas laid down a sacrifice bunt.
The real damage however was done in the second and third innings when the Knights chased starting South Vermillion pitcher Jessie Yates.
Casey Challandes singled to lead off the inning and then moved to scoring position with a stolen base. Jonson then smacked a liner towards third base that looked like it might have been caught, but was ruled a live ball. Jonson reached first on the heads up play and Jennifer Gregg's bunt single loaded the bases.
Kyler Clark brought home another run with an RBI single and Glassburn brought home two more runs with a single that made the score 4-0 and forced the Wildcats to switch pitchers.
The result was much the same for the Knights when Nikki Fuqua took the hill as Clark stole third and scored on a wildpitch and Chandra Burns had an RBI flyout to increase the margin to 6-0 after two innings.
"We moved Jen (Gregg) down to the 8-spot in the lineup to help her confidence a little bit," said Northview coach Bethany Jones. "She got some good pitches to hit and with Kyler (Clark) batting ninth, she can hit the ball too and Kayla (Glassburn) is just crushing the ball right now,"
Gregg didn't disappoint in her new spot in the batting order as she came through once more in the third inning.
Challandes reached first on a throwing error and Jonson walked to provide another offensive threat.
The runners each advanced into scoring position on a passed ball and Gregg ripped a line single to bring both runners home. Gregg stole second and moved to third as the throw to second bounced into centerfield. She scored on a Clark flyout to make the score 9-0.
Northview's next six runners reached base, five by basehit with Burns, Traci Sanders and Jonson all driving home a run as the Knights tallied six runs on six hits in the inning.
"Our bats finally shined tonight," noted Jones. "Everyone throughout the lineup was hitting tonight. This is probably the first night that our bats finally woke up. I think this will get our confidence up even more."
Leading by double-digits, Jonson closed the door in the fourth and fifth innings, finishing off a four-hit shutout with seven strikeouts.
Glassburn had a three hit game, with Raderstorf, Jonson and Gregg each picking up a pair of hits for the Knights.
The win advanced the Knights to 4-1 in the WIC and 6-1-1 overall this season with a game tonight versus the Wildcats at Clinton beginning at 5 p.m.
2B -- Nv (Ka.Glassburn). SB -- Nv (Glassburn, Challandes, Gregg).
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