|CLINTON||-- The South Vermillion Wildcats proved on Tuesday night that you can take very little for granted in high school softball.|
Just one night after being hammered 12-0 in five innings by Northview, the Wildcats rode a first inning 3-run homerun by Mandy Vandergriff to an early lead and then added three more late runs to take a 6-3 Western Indiana Conference decision over the Knights.
"I just don't think we were all here tonight," commented Northview head coach Bethany Jones. "After last night's game I told the girls that we can't just come out here and think it's a cakewalk. This is where we see how mentally prepared we really are."
The Wildcats were certainly prepared from the opening pitch as Sondra Blake worked a leadoff walk from Northview pitcher Stephanie Jonson. Megan Ballock then followed with a grounder to short that looked to be a force out but Jennifer Gregg wasn't able to get onto the bag for the play and both runners were safe. Vandergriff then made the Knights pay when she lofted a Jonson pitch into the air and a stiff breeze to right centerfield helped push the ball over the fence for a homerun.
Facing a deficit for the first time since their season opening loss to Owen Valley, the Knights were held in check at the plate by Nikki Fuqua over the first four innings.
Just a night after being ripped for six runs on six hits over 1 2/3 innings, Fuqua kept Northview from mounting a threat until the fifth inning when the Knights got a one-out rally going when Jonson singled to leftfield and Kyler Clark was hit-by-pitch on a bunt attempt.
Kayla Glassburn then ripped a double to leftcenter to score pinchrunner Kelsey Glassburn and Clark. Kayla Glassburn then moved to third on a passed ball. She would score when Gregg laid down a sacrifice bunt. The throw went to first to retire Gregg and Glassburn hustled under the return throw with a nice slide at the plate to knot the score at 3-apiece.
"I was happy to see that we could come back," noted Jones afterwards. "But they came right back at us. Give them credit."
The Wildcats did respond in kind as Blake blasted a triple to the wall in rightcenter and Ballock brought her home with a single. She would move to third on a wildpitch and a stolen base and Vandergriff reached on a walk and moved to second on catcher's indifference.
The Knights did get their first out of the inning on a nice play at the plate as Becky Myers' bunt was retrieved and Ballock was thrown out coming home. However, Jessie Rolle brought home two more runs with a single to put the Wildcats ahead 6-3.
Northview attempted a comeback in their final at-bat when, with two outs, Clark walked and Glassburn reached on a hard hit infield single. The Wildcats would get the final out as Gregg's infield hit was nabbed by the shortstop and tagged Clark to end the contest.
The Knights (6-2-1 overall, 4-2 WIC) won't have much time to dwell on the defeat with a big game with rival Terre Haute South on Thursday night. The road game begins at 5 p.m.
HR -- Sv (Vandergriff). 3B -- Sv (Blake). 2B -- Nv (Glassburn), Sv (Vandergriff).
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