(Top) Ashlyn Yocom rips a double during the JV's victory over Shakamak.
(Center) Kayla Raderstorf lifts off for a homerun versus Shakamak and (below) is congratulated by coach Bethany Jones.
That ringing sound you might have heard echoing across the county on Thursday evening was Northview's softball bats working overtime.
The Knights pounded out 17 hits over five innings of a 15-5 victory over Shakamak to improve to 4-1 this season.
Opening the first frame, both squads got rolling in a hurry.
The Lakers took advantage of a couple of defensive lapses by the Knights to score three runs and take a quick lead in the top of the first inning.
The Knights proved however that they had plenty of firepower themselves, scoring three runs of their own as Kayla Glassburn doubled to leadoff. Erica Conrad brought her home with a fielder's choice grounder before Kayla Raderstorf nailed a double off the fence. Traci Sanders blooped a single to second that scored Conrad and pinchrunner Morgan Keller scored on a throwing error to the plate.
While the Lakers looked like they might give freshman hurler Katie Smith a rough time in her varsity opener, Smith proved she was more than up to the task.
The Northview pitcher settled in, to allow just one hit over the next three innings while striking out three batters, giving her offense a chance to take over.
After going quietly in the second inning, Northview's Jennifer Gregg started the third inning off with a single to rightfield and promptly stole second to set the table for Conrad.
Conrad followed with an RBI single, Raderstorf singled for her second hit and Kelsey Searing loaded the sacks by getting hit by a pitch. Traci Sanders brought home the fifth run with a sacrifice fly to make the score 5-3.
Northview saved their big guns for the fourth and fifth innings when they put the game away.
Lindsay Thomas led off the fourth with a double to centerfield and moved to third on a fielder's choice grounder by Kayla Glassburn.
Glass burn would move to second to set both runners in scoring position before Gregg singled home Thomas and Conrad brought home a pair of runs, part of her five RBI night. Raderstorf then stepped up and provided the big blow, a two-run homerun that sailed down the leftfield line to make the score 10-3.
"Once our bats get going we get a lot of confidence," said Jones of her squad. "One of the motto's of this year's team is 'new year, new team' and this team has worked a lot on our hitting."
That was plenty evident as the Knights rang up 17 hits in the game, finishing off the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Shakamak added two runs in their half of the fifth inning on a couple of doubles, but the Knights fired right back to put the icing on the cake.
Kelsey Glassburn reached first on an infield single, Kayla Glassburn singled for her second hit of the game and Gregg brought both runners home with a double. The hit was Gregg's third of the game giving her three RBIs and three runs scored. Conrad got her third single of the game to drive home a run before Raderstorf got her fourth hit. Searing drove home a run with a single and Sanders ended the game with an RBI single scoring pinchrunner Megan Keller to invoke the 10-run rule.
"Erica has really been a consistent hitter for us this year and that's why we put her in the fourth spot," said Jones. "Kayla has shown a lot of confidence behind the plate for us and has been a leader for the team."
Smith picked up the victory for the Knights, getting her first varsity victory while striking our four batters.
Northview improves to 4-1 overall this season and will take on Brown County in a JV and varsity doubleheader beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday.
In the JV contest, Northview improved to 3-2 this season by beating Shakamak 18-6 in five innings.
Ashlyn Yocom, Erica Lee, Krissy Johanningsmeier and Morgan Keller each singled and Shelby Colson doubled in the win. Colson got the win on the mound.
Northview 15, Shakamak 5
2B -- Nv (Ka.Glassburn, Gregg, Raderstorf, Thomas), SH (H.Gilbert, Strahla). HR -- Nv (Raderstorf).