ELLETTSVILLE -- Stephanie Jonson usually smiles her way through every
Northview High School softball game. But after walking five batters on
Tuesday, Jonson was in no mood to smile Wednesday afternoon when she took the mound at Edgewood for the WIC rematch.
Jonson's smile didn't appear until after pitching a one-hit shutout in Northview's 2-0 victory over Edgewood's Mustangs.
"Tonight felt a lot better because I only walked one batter," Jonson said.
Jonson faced just 23 batters (two over the minimum), struck out three, walked one and allowed Edgewood just one single.
"Her arm [motion] was a little slower, but she was hitting her spots," Northview coach Bethany Jones said.
Northview's defense was the key to Jonson's success. The Knights committed one error in the first inning, then fielded and threw flawlessly thereafter.
First baseman Traci Sanders turned an unassisted double play in the fifth inning, gloving a line drive and tagging a base runner breaking for second. Sanders stabbed another line drive in the webbing of her glove in the seventh inning, and finished the game with 14 putouts.
"I am so proud of all the girls. We've had our ups and downs this year, but tonight they were just awesome," Jones said.
Jonson has pitched every game in Northview's 15-9 [8-4 in the WIC] season and appeared tired through the first three innings. Actually she might have been waking up from an unusual pre-game nap. "I slept on the bus [coming here]," Jonson admitted.
Jonson and Edgewood's Lynsie Burton were locked in a scoreless pitching duel through five innings. Jonson trusted her teammates to catch the ball in the field and hit the ball at the plate.
"I know my team will come through eventually," Jonson said. Burton wasn't as fortunate as Jonson because Edgewood committed four fielding errors.
A sixth inning error by Edgewood opened the door for the Knights, and Kayla Raderstorf knocked it down.
Jennifer Gregg reached base on an Edgewood throwing error in the sixth.
One out later Jessica Raderstorf sacrifice bunted Gregg to second base and that brought Kayla Raderstorf to bat with two out. Gregg moved to third on a wild pitch, but the Knights still needed a hit to score.
Kayla Raderstorf pounded a low line drive down the third baseline for a double that easily scored Gregg and gave Jonson all the run support she needed.
"Even from last night, [Kayla] has been hitting the ball harder and harder. She's making more contact and gaining more confidence," Jones said.
Northview added an insurance run in the seventh with the help of Edgewood's fourth error. Sanders led off with a walk and was bunted to second by Lindsey Thomas. While Kyler Clark was waiting out a base on balls, Thomas moved to third on a wild pitch.
The Edgewood shortstop bobbled a ground ball, allowing Gregg to beat out the throw to first base and Sanders to score from third base.
"The girls did what they needed to do to win the ball game. I'm so proud of them," Jones said.
Jonson and K. Raderstorf; Burton and Ellis. W -- Jonson (15-9). L --
Burton. LOB -- Nv 7, Ew 2. 2B -- K. Raderstorf, Burns.
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In the first of the two game series, Northview got a 3-for-3 effort from Chandra Burns at the plate on the way to a 6-1 win over Edgewood.
Burns had a double, scored two runs and stole a base as well as driving home a run and Kayla Glassburn added a pair of hits, including a double and an RBI as the Knights improved to 7-4 in the WIC.
Stephanie Jonson held the Mustangs to just one hit in the game.
Northview 6, Edgewood 1
Burton, Gallagher (5) and Ellis; Jonson (W) and Raderstorf.
2B -- Nv (Burns, Glassburn).