Buoyed on offense and defense by relief pitcher John Reberger, The Northview Knights scratched their way back from an early seven-run deficit Tuesday to earn an 11-10 Western Indiana Conference victory over Edgewood.
Reberger relieved starting pitcher Curtis Peters two outs into the second inning and put a stop to Edgewood's seven-run opening tear, turning in four frames of scoreless baseball before allowing three-runs in the seventh.
The 6'3" senior was just as impressive at the plate, pounding three different Edgewood pitchers for extra bases. Reberger finished 3-for-4 at the plate with three doubles and four RBI.
Down 7-0 after two, Northview scored three runs in the third inning, two in the fourth and two more in the fifth to draw even with the Mustangs.
With one out in the bottom of the sixth, Edgewood reliever Ross Pruitt loaded the bases with a walk and two consecutive hit batsmen.
He then faced Reberger, who put Northview ahead 9-7 with a shot that sailed over the head of the Mustangs' right fielder and scored pinch runner Nick Lancaster and Jesse Johnson.
The Knights tallied two more in the sixth, then thwarted a three-run Edgewood rally in the seventh to secure the victory.
Northview (16-3, 10-1 WIC) will face Edgewood again today in its final conference game of the season.
Northview's softball team clinched at least a share of the Western Indiana Conference with a 4-0 victory in eight innings on Tuesday.
Stephanie Jonson doubled home Olivia Kumpf in the top of the eighth inning to score the first run of the game and Kayla Glassburn added a two run double to score Bailey Short and Kyler Clark. Erica Conrad hit a sacrifice fly that brought home Glassburn for the final run of the game.
Jonson also threw eight scoreless innings, allowing just two hits while striking out nine batters in improving to 17-3 for the season.
Glassburn had two hits for the Knights who improve to 20-4 overall and 9-1 in the WIC with two more conference games remaining.
The Knights will face Edgewood again this evening beginning at 5 p.m. and will take on Owen Valley on Thursday at Spencer.
In the JV game, Northview won 9-5 on the strength of a seven strikeout game from Katie Smith.