Northview's Stephanie Jonson works on West Vigo's Whitney Joy in the second inning of a Wednesday contest.
For a team with minimal experience at losing, the Northview softball Lady Knights are surprisingly adept at recovering from a tough loss.
The Lady Knights had given up their first Western Indiana Conference loss of the season Tuesday, dropping their opening matchup of the Big Four Tournament to West Vigo's Lady Vikings. Northview gave up five unearned runs in the first inning of the loss, as Knights pitching standout Stephanie Jonson-- usually an automatic complete game-- was pulled two outs into the contest.
But a loose Northview squad reversed that outcome Wednesday. Playful chatter emanated from the visitors dugout at West Vigo High School as the Knights bludgeoned two Vikings pitchers en route to a five-inning, 11-0 victory.
"The team that showed up last night is not the team Northview softball has," said Knights Coach Bethany Jones.
The Knights (14-4, 8-1 WIC) proved their mettle Wednesday, drawing even with Edgewood High School for a co-lead in the WIC preserving their chances for Big Four success.
The win was also a return to form for Jonson, who surrendered just three hits, recorded nine strikeouts and walked none on her way to another complete-game shutout.
"Last night really opened our eyes," she said. "We were all loose today. It was just a really good feeling."
The Knights jumped on the Vikings early. Kayla Glassburn and Jennifer Gregg reached base on consecutive errors in the West Vigo infield, then scored when Erica Conrad lined a 1-1 offering from Vikings starter Ashlee Stephens into the gap in center field for a double.
Conrad scored two batters later on an infield single by Traci Sanders, and Northview led 3-0 after their half of the first.
The Knights struck again in the second, loading the bases with three singles before a Jennifer Gregg ground ball glanced off the glove of the Vikings' shortstop and into the outfield, scoring Sky Singleton and Kyler Clark.
Northview would notch one more run in the second, four in the fourth and one in the fifth to reach their total of 11.
The Knights will attempt to sustain their offensive surge when they host Bloomington North today at 5 p.m.
The Northview junior varsity also topped the Vikings. Shelby Colson tossed a two-hit shutout as the Knights rolled to 4-0, improving their record to 10-2.
Northview 11, West Vigo 0
At West Vigo
2B -- NV (Conrad 2, Glassburn, Raderstorf)