|TERRE HAUTE||-- Missed opportunities and a couple of key mistakes were the downfall for the Northview softball team in Monday's sectional opener as they fell 2-0 to Mooresville in 11 innings.|
Two costly errors with one out in the 11th inning sandwiched around a single by Kayla Robinson set the plate for Kelsie Wys who singled home a pair of runs to break up the scoreless battle.
The runs spoiled what was an otherwise sterling pitching performance by Northview sophomore Stephanie Jonson who allowed just three hits through 10 innings while striking out 10 hitters.
Northview had plenty of opportunities to win the game in the regulation seven innings, but were unable to push across a run as two costly baserunning mistakes aided the Pioneers in keeping the game scoreless.
The Knights loaded the bases in the fourth inning as Casey Challandes walked with two outs and Traci Sanders singled. Lindsay Thomas followed with a single to rightfield to set the stage for Kyler Clark who appeared to come through in the clutch when she flared a single to short rightfield. Challandes came to the plate, but a great throw by Michelle Davis got Clark at first to end the inning.
In the sixth inning Jessica Raderstorf drilled the first of her two doubles that caromed off Davis' glove in rightfield. Challandes singled to right but pinchrunner Kelsey Glassburn rounded third on the play too far and was picked off coming back to the bag.
In the eighth, Kayla Raderstorf singled and Olivia Kumpf was sent in to pinchrun. She attempted a steal of second but was caught, which proved to be pivotal when Jessica Raderstorf followed with her second double of the game. She was stranded at second, one of 13 runners left on base for Northview.
Northview's best chance at ending the game with a win came in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Sanders drew a leadoff walk to start the frame, which prompted a pitching change by Mooresville who sent sophomore Morgan French to the mound in a tough situation.
Thomas sacrificed Sanders to second to put her in scoring position with just one out. Clark then was robbed of an RBI a second time when she singled to centerfield. Sanders rounded third and appeared to beat the throw home by sliding under the tag, but was called out at the plate to end another Knights' threat.
Through all of this, Jonson and the Northview defense continued to stifle the Pioneers. No Mooresville runner reached third through the first 10 innings and Northview didn't commit a single error in the field before the decisive 11th inning.
In the 11th inning, Brittney Fisher slapped a hit to rightfield, but Burns nabbed a shoestring catch to rob Fisher of a sure hit to record the first out. Up next, Ginger Bush sent a chopper to shortstop that Kayla Glassburn couldn't quite handle and Robinson followed with a single to centerfield.
Pinch-hitter Priscilla Rozzel, replacing Olivia Breedlove who had struckout four straight times, laid down a bunt towards third base. Challandes, charging from third, got under her mitt and the bases were loaded. Wys then followed with the single that drove home the winning runs.
Sanders and Thomas both singled with one out in the Knights' half of the 11th inning, but Sanders was forced out at third on a fielder's choice and French got Kayla Glassburn on strikes to end the game.
Mooresville moves on to face Martinsville, a 7-1 winner over Terre Haute North, tonight at 6 p.m. The Knights end the season at 16-11.
Terre Haute North Softball Sectional
2B -- Nv (Glassburn, J.Raderstorf 2).