(Top) Northview celebrated senior night on Thursday evening as (from l-r) Jennifer Gregg, Kayla Glassburn and Sky Singleton were each honored.
(Bottom) Erica Conrad (left) places the tag on Sam Simpson at third base to cut short a rally by Edgewood in Wednesday's WIC matchup.
Northview will have to wait another day to earn a share of the Western Indiana Conference crown after dropping the back half of a doubleheader with Edgewood, 3-2, at home on Wednesday.
The Mustangs improved their conference mark to 8-3 on the season while the Knights drop to 9-2 in the WIC.
One night after blanking Edgewood on just two hits over eight innings, the Mustangs brought their bats to leave a smudge on Northview's senior night.
The Knights honored Jennifer Gregg, Kayla Glassburn and Sky Singleton before the game, but Edgewood quickly ended their scoreless streak when Brooke Ellis homered in the first inning.
"We came out flat tonight, and I was a little surprised because it was senior night," commented coach Bethany Jones. "We weren't as focused, we were flat on defense."
After allowing that initial run, the Knights settled in against the Mustangs who brought an overall 18-4 mark into the game and ranked 14th in Class 3A this week.
The Knights evened the score in their half of the third inning on a double by Glassburn to centerfield and an infield single by Gregg who pressured the throw to first enough that the throw was wide. Glassburn raced home to score while Gregg hustled her way to third base. However, Gregg was stranded when Edgewood hurler Audrey Ernst got a groundout and a strikeout to end the inning.
The Mustangs bounced right back in the next inning on a one-out walk from Nikki Marsh, a single by Sam Simpson and an RBI single by Sammy Kot.
Northview pitcher Stephanie Jonson got out of the jam by striking out Lynsie Salyers and after a single by Ernst, struckout Kari Brown for the second time.
Northview earned the game's final tie in the fifth inning on a leadoff triple from Jonson that went to the fence and pinchrunner Ashlyn Yocom scored on a passed ball.
From there, Ernst locked the Knights down on just one more hit.
Edgewood would score their final run on back-to-back doubles from Marsh and Simpson to take the final lead of the game in the sixth inning and Ernst handled the rest.
Sky Singleton reached base with a hit in the bottom of the seventh inning, but Ernst set down Jonson and Kyler Clark to end the game.
"We made solid contact tonight, but just hit the ball right at people," said Jones. The Knights will get another shot at the WIC championship when the travel to Owen Valley tonight in a makeup game to wrapup the WIC slate before traveling to Castle for a weekend tourney featuring North Posey, Boonville and Castle who are all receiving ranking points.
Edgewood 3, Northview 2
2B -- Nv (Ka.Glassburn), Ew (Marsh, Simpson). 3B -- Nv (Jonson). HR -- Ew (Ellis).
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