Northview handled their business in Saturday's softball action at Terre Haute South in the Big Four Tourney, but it was what happened the previous Tuesday that turned out to be the most influential on the Knights championship hopes.
The Knights turned out a 5-0 win on a one-hit shutout by Stephanie Jonson in the morning game versus Terre Haute North and then appeared to be the tourney champions when they pulled off a 3-1 victory against Terre Haute South in the afternoon. However, due to complicated tiebreaker rules brought into effect since three different teams (West Vigo, Northview and South) had 2-1 records in the tourney and had 1-1 marks against each other in head-to-head play, the Knights nearly lost their title when the third tie breaking criteria was evaluated.
Fewest runs allowed in case of a 3-way tie.
South's pitching staff had only allowed five runs in its three games while the Knights had allowed eight and West Vigo 12.
South therefore should have won the tourney according to rules established before the tourney, but the Braves' Athletic Director, Deb Webster, didn't feel that the Knights should lose their championship plaque that they had already been awarded.
Instead, after discussing the issue with school officials from each of the three schools, a three-way championship was agreed upon.
The Knights had lost to West Vigo on Tuesday night in the opening game of the Big Four by a 7-5 decision, a matter that was even more frustrating when they rebounded to drill the Vikings 11-0 in a WIC-only matchup on Thursday.
On Saturday however, Northview had their game rolling, ripping the Patriots in the opening game, getting a two-run homerun by Brittaney Searing and a pair of doubles from Kayla Glassburn, who had three hits, and Jonson added two hits as well, including a double. Kayla Raderstorf also had a double for the Knights who pounded out 11 hits.
Jonson allowed just a single in the seventh inning to get the shutout.
In the second game, Northview took a 3-1 advantage into the seventh inning when South leadoff the final frame with a single by Tiffany Fendrick and after the Knights retired the first out, Kylee Anderson reached on an error and a pinchrunner moved to second.
The Knights then turned in perhaps their best defensive play of the season to grab the victory.
Sammie Maners smacked a single to centerfield and courtesy runner Haley Newton was waved home, but Northview centerfielder Lindsay Thomas was having none of that. She fired a strike home to catcher Kayla Raderstorf who placed the tag on Newton and then, seeing Anderson headed for third, rifled the ball to the bag where Erica Conrad doubled off Anderson to end the game.
Northview took the early lead in the game on a single by Glassburn, who moved to second on a Jennifer Gregg sacrifice bunt and came home on an error.
The Braves would tie the score with an unearned run of their own before the Knights added their second run in the following inning. Gregg looped a double down the left field line and scored on a pair of groundouts, Raderstorf getting the RBI.
Searing would start off the Knights final run scoring inning, singling and going to second on a wild throw and moved to third on a passed ball before Sky Singleton drove her home with a single.
The Knights improve to 17-4 on the season and host Riverton Parke this evening at 5 p.m.
Big Four Tourney
Northview 5, T.H. North 0
at Terre Haute South
Jonson (W, 14-3) and Raderstorf; Isom and Branche.
HR -- Searing (2)
Jonson (W, 15-3) and Raderstorf; Jacso (L, 6-3) and Fulkerson.