Top photo: Northview rightfielder Brittaney Searing (center) gets advice from head coach Bethany Jones (left) and Dennis Leek (right). The meeting preceded an RBI single for Searing the gave the Knights a 1-0 lead on the way to a 3-1 victory.
Bottom photo: Northview's John Adam Reberger cruises home to score a run in the Knights win over South Vermillion. He also added four hits, including two doubles.
- Softball and baseball teams earn WIC victories -
The Northview baseball and softball teams went about earning victories on the diamond in decidedly different ways on Tuesday night.
The softball squad put together another strong effort, getting a one out, two RBI double from Traci Sanders in the bottom of the eighth inning to squeeze out a 3-1 victory over South Vermillion.
The victory gave the Knights a sweep of conference foe Wildcats, after posting a thrilling 1-0 win in 10 innings on Monday.
The baseball team meanwhile scored two first inning runs on a trio of South Vermillion errors and then did their biggest damage with seven runs in the fifth frame to earn a 10-5 victory.
The Northview softball team got out to a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning as Kayla Raderstorf walked and pinchrunner Megan Keller stole second. Sanders drew a walk before Brittaney Searing smacked an RBI single to score Keller.
The one run advantage nearly proved to be the winning run as pitcher Stephanie Jonson allowed just three hits through six innings while striking out eight batters. But in the seventh inning, a leadoff walk by Nikki Fuqua, who stole second base, led to the tying run on a Northview error.
"We're just not mentally focused right now," said coach Bethany Jones. "(Monday) we had 10 hits, but left 11 on base, we were hitting with two outs and just weren't disciplined. Tonight we made a couple of mistakes that nearly cost us the game. But give the kids credit, they focused when they needed to."
Indeed they did.
After the Knights got out of another jam in the top of the eighth inning as South Vermillion got their leadoff batter to first after a strikeout and a throwing error to first base on the ensuing loose ball. But catcher Kayla Raderstorf made up for the error by throwing out the runner trying to steal second. Jonson would end the frame with her 11th strikeout of the game.
Erica Conrad reached base on an infield single driven deep in the hole to shortstop and Raderstorf singled to centerfield setting up Sanders' heroics.
Sanders nailed a Fuqua offering to centerfield with one out to bring both runners home and finish off the two game conference sweep.
"Traci (Sanders) hasn't been hitting the ball solid the last couple of games," said Jones of her firstbaseman, but it was good to see her make some solid contact tonight."
Jonson earned her seventh win of the season on Tuesday, striking out 28 South Vermillion batters in the two games and allowing just four hits and one run.
"The past two games have probably been the two best Stephanie's pitched all year long," commented Jones of her junior hurler. "Her changeup and drop ball were really working. She did an awesome job."
Meanwhile, the baseball team had to work a bit harder than they thought against the winless Wildcats.
After opening up a 3-0 lead through four innings and with starting pitcher Curtis Peters throwing a no-hitter, the advantage looked comfortable. But Peters allowed a leadoff double to senior Barry Overpeck and then walked the bases loaded before a two run single by counterpart Larry Kelsheimer. The hit ended Peters' evening with Ryne Barr taking over.
Barr quickly uncorked a wildpitch that advanced both runners, but would strikeout Adrian Smith and coaxed a flyout to rightfield from Mitch Fisher to end the threat.
The Knights came to life in the fifth inning as John Adam Reberger dropped a looping double inside the leftfield line to leadoff the inning and Chase Yocom reached on an error by the South Vermillion shortstop. After he stole second, Cody Crooks doubled both runners home before a wildpitch scored Crooks to up the lead to 6-2.
Northview wasn't done yet, Sean Brackney drew a walk as did Jesse Johnson before Keaton Robertson brought Brackney home with an RBI single. Graig Bass brought the seventh and eighth runs with a ringing double to leftfield before moving to third on a passed ball.
Austin Bryan came to the plate against relief pitcher Barry Overpeck and promptly singled to drive home the 10th Northview run.
Barr would get into a bit of late trouble in the seventh inning, walking two batters and allowing a double. A sacrifice fly scored one run and Adam Stevens brought another run home with a single. An error extended the game, but Reberger came in and struckout Mike Malone to end the contest.
The victories improve the baseball team to 8-0 on the season with the softball team advancing to 8-1 overall. The softball team will host Terre Haute South on Thursday night at 5 p.m. The baseball squad travels to South Vermillion this evening at 5 p.m.
2B -- Nv (Sanders).
|Jonson W (7-1)||8.0||1||4||2||11|
|Fuqua L (4-7)||5.0||2||3||1||3|
2B -- Nv (Bass, Crooks, Reberger 2), SV (Overpeck, Kelsheimer).
Northview 1, South Vermillion 0 (Monday)
The Northview Knights got a dramatic, 10th inning homerun from Kayla Glassburn to squeeze past South Vermillion 1-0 in the opener of back-to-back games versus the Wildcats.
Northview hurler, Stephanie Jonson struckout 17 batters and allowed just two hits in the game, holding South Vermillion at bay until Glassburn's bomb.
The Knights stranded 10 baserunners as Glassburn had three hits, Erica Conrad added two singles, Kayla Raderstorf had a double as part of an 11 hit attack for Northview who improved to 7-1 on the year
Northview 1, S.Vermillion 0
2B -- Nv (Raderstorf), SV (Natalie). HR -- Nv (Ka.Glassburn).
W -- Jonson (6-1)
L -- Fuqua (4-6)