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Jonson's perfect game spurs Knights sweep

Thursday, April 27, 2006

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Carey Fox photos

(Left) Megan Keller races home to score the winning run in game two as Reva LeDune covers the plate.(Right) Stephanie Jonson threw a five inning perfect game to beat Sullivan in five innings in game one of a doubleheader and got the win in relief in game two.

- Conrad homers in 2nd game

Northview won a pair of contrasting Western Indiana Conference games against Sullivan on Wednesday evening to remain unbeaten in WIC play at 7-0.

Junior hurler Stephanie Jonson gave Sullivan little hope in the opening game of a doubleheader at Northview scheduled due to rain on Tuesday.

Jonson was dominant, striking out nine batters in pitching her first high school perfect game as Northview lit up the Arrows 10-0 in five innings.

"Stephanie (Jonson) has pitched really well, especially over the last four games," commented coach Bethany Jones. "She pitched an excellent game and she gives us a lot of confidence."

While the Golden Arrows were seemingly helpless to make solid contact versus Jonson, the Knights got on the board early and slammed the door shut later on Sullivan.

Kayla Glassburn reached base and later scored after Jennifer Gregg sacrificed her to second and Erica Conrad ripped an RBI single. They would add to their lead in the third frame as Glassburn singled again and moved to third on a two base error before Gregg drove her home with a groundout. Conrad and Kayla Raderstorf each singled before Traci Sanders hit an RBI single to left. Pinchrunner Megan Keller also scored to up the advantage to 4-0.

Northview would finish off the Arrows in quick fashion with two big innings to end the game via the 10-run rule.

Kyler Clark reached on a fielder's choice in the fourth inning and scored on a wild pickoff attempt at third base and Glassburn would hit an RBI sacrifice fly to score Lindsay Thomas. A four run fifth inning would cap the scoring as Clark ripped a two-run single for the big blow.

Conrad had three hits in the game to lead the offensive attack for the Knights.

The second game was a much different story as Northview's bats seemed to take a nap for the first half of the game despite scoring single runs in the third and fourth frames on an RBI single by Gregg and Keller, pinchrunning for catcher Brittaney Searing, would score when the Arrows attempted to throw out Sky Singleton stealing second base.

Katie Smith got the start in the circle for the Knights and mowed down the Arrows for the first three innings, allowing just a single walk. But Sullivan would string together a single and two walks to load the bases in the fourth inning with no outs.

"Katie did fine for us," said Jones. "But it just seems that when you walk the leadoff hitter things get a lot tougher."

Jonson came in to relieve Smith and the Arrows managed to bloop a couple of soft, run scoring singles to get on the board. Jonson however would rebound to strike out the next two batters. However, after striking out Ashley Wolfe for the second out, the Knights catcher, Searing came towards the mound for a conference with Jonson and an alert Reva LeDune raced home to beat the tag when no one was covering the plate.

Jonson would get out of the inning by striking out the final batter, but the damage looked to have been done as Northview's offense failed to get much done through 5 2/3 innings trailing 3-2.

With two outs in the sixth inning, Traci Sanders breathed new life into Northview by doubling solidly to leftfield. Searing came to the plate and on a 2-1 count from pitcher Nikki Vail, smashed an RBI triple to score Sanders with the tying run. Keller, pinchrunning or Searing would score the Knights fourth run on a wildpitch to take the lead.

"I don't think last year's team could have come back like this," said Jones. "Searing really played well for us tonight.

She wasn't done quite yet either.

Jonson set Sullivan down in order in the bottom of the sixth and the suddenly awakened Northview bats continued to ring in the seventh inning.

After a strikeout to open the inning, Northview's Thomas and Glassburn drew walks, Thomas would score on a wildpitch to bring Conrad to the plate.

The freshmen third baseman had gone hitless in the second game after her opening salvo in the first contest. But she more than made up for her first three at-bats by blasting a two-run, no doubt about it, home run to leftcenterfield to put the game out of reach.

"I knew Erica had it in her," commented Jones following the game.

The Knights added three more runs in the inning, two on a 2-run double by Searing and an RBI single by Singleton to give Northview a 10-3 victory and the WIC sweep.

The Knights improved to 11-1 overall and will travel to Jasper for a two day tournament beginning on Friday night. The Knights will face off with 3A No. 7 Gibson Southern and 2A No. 6 North Posey in their first two games.

Game One

At Northview

Sullivan00000-- 004
Northview10324-- 1080

Pitching

NorthviewIPRHBBK
Jonson W (9-1)5.00009
SullivanIPRHBBK
Vail L5.010822

Game Two

At Northview

Northview0011026-- 1082
Sullivan0003000-- 331

2B -- Nv (Sanders, Searing). 3B -- Nv (Searing). HR -- Nv (Conrad).

Pitching

SullivanIPRHBBK
Vail L5.24513
LeDune0.15141
McKinley0.11200
NorthviewIPRHBBK
Smith3.03121
Jonson W (10-1)4.00208



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