MECCA -- After some inconsistent play of late, Northview's softball team played a solid overall game in shutting down Riverton Parke, 5-2 for their ninth win of the year.
The Knights split a pair of games at the Big Four Classic on Saturday, but were in control from the beginning against the host Panthers.
"The past couple of games our defense has been improved," commented coach Bethany Jones of her squad. "We've been getting hits in those games but haven't been able to execute out there. But our bats are starting to come back, I hope our defense continues to play well."
The Knights jumped out on top quickly against the Panthers, plating a pair of runs in the first inning as Jennifer Gregg singled and stole second with one out and Chandra Burns earned an infield single. Kayla Raderstorf then blooped a single to rightfield to score Gregg and pinchrunner Olivia Kumpf moved into scoring position by stealing second. Casey Challandes walked to load the bases and Traci Sanders drew a run-scoring walk for the second run.
Northview added another run in the second inning when Clark reached on an infield single and went to second on an error. Gregg used her speed to reach on an infield single that scored Clark to put the Knights ahead 3-0.
Stephanie Jonson meanwhile gave up a double in the first inning, but was in control over the next four innings, striking out eight without allowing another baserunner until a walk in the fifth inning.
The Knights added another two runs in the fifth inning when Burns singled again and came around to score on an errant throw on a Challandes grounder. Kumpf, pinchrunning for Raderstorf who reached on an error, then scored on a wildpitch to put the game out of reach for the Panthers.
Jonson would allow a couple of late runs on three sixth inning singles, but finished out the game for the win while striking out 10 Riverton Parke batters.
"Kyler (Clark) had a great game for us," commented Jones. "The girls at the bottom of the order had a good game."
The Knights advance to 10-9 overall, 6-4 in the WIC with a game at Terre Haute North tonight.
At Riverton Parke
2B -- Nv (Clark), RP (Chambers). SB -- Nv (Gregg, Clark, Kumpf), RP (None).