(Left) Traci Sanders had a single and scored a run in Tuesday's win while (right) Stephanie Jonson (#7) is congratulated by teammates following a homerun.
Northview handled their most recent matchup during rivalry week with efficiency on Tuesday night, overcoming a sluggish start to finish strong in a 6-0 win over Terre Haute North.
The Knights have faced a bevy of key, conference, rival and future sectional opponents over the course of this and last week. Mostly, Northview has handled them with little difficulty.
After opening the Big Four Tourney with a thud, a 7-5 loss to West Vigo a week ago, the Knights have rebounded for six straight victories against four Vigo county rivals, a past sectional opponent and Riverton Parke. Today the Knights will host another sectional opponent, the very same Mooresville squad that ended Northview's season last year. The Knights wind up the week with a county battle with Clay City on Friday evening.
But on Tuesday, Northview overcame a scoreless opening three frames to hammer out five runs in the fifth inning on the way to a second shutout of the Patriots.
"I told the girls that we needed to come out with intensity because (North) would be out to get us," said coach Bethany Jones. "We came out a little slow, but we picked it up when we needed to."
The teams circled each other warily over the first few innings with the Patriots putting runners in scoring position twice in the first four innings. However, Northview hurler Stephanie Jonson struckout Erin Artigue to end the first inning with runners on second and third and then got a groundout to end the fourth frame. Her defense backed her admirably over the game, committing one error in the first inning.
Northview got rolling on offense in the fifth inning after being held hitless by Brittney Isom over the first three innings.
Traci Sanders opened the frame with a single and was sacrificed to second by Katie Smith before Sky Singleton brought the first run home with an RBI single. The floodgates were just beginning to crack open for the Knights who struck with lightning quickness. Jonson doubled home Singleton and pinchrunner Olivia Kumpf scored when she stole second and the ball skipped into the outfield. Kayla Glassburn then singled home Kyler Clark who beat the tag at the plate. Following a single by Jennifer Gregg, Erica Conrad blooped a single to rightfield that brought Glassburn home to give Northview a 5-0 advantage on seven hits.
The Knights would cap their offensive onslaught in the following inning when Jonson rapped her a homerun to left centerfield to finish off the Patriots.
Another win, especially one over a sectional opponent, is a confidence builder for the Knights believes Jones. "I think with this game, it'll help our confidence. I know the girls are looking forward to Mooresville since they ended our season last year."
The Knights, now 19-4 overall, will host the Pioneers tonight at 5 p.m.
Northview 6, T.H. North 0
2B -- Nv (Jonson). HR -- Nv (Jonson).
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