(Top) Kayla Glassburn fires to first base against Martinsville.
(Bottom) Northview's Stephanie Jonson fires a pitch during sectional action on Tuesday.
MOORESVILLE -- The Martinsville Artesians played exactly like the defending state champions that they are on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Northview fans, it came against the Knights who had beaten Martinsville earlier this year.
The Artesians pounded out 13 hits and took advantage of a couple of Northview errors while Melissa Daniels showed off her power in a 9-0 victory in the Mooresville Sectional semifinals.
"We definitely played passive tonight," commented Northview coach Bethany Jones. "They took advantage of every mistake that we made tonight."
The Knights didn't make many but the Artesians didn't need much of an opening the way they've been swinging the bats of late.
Heading into the sectional, the Artesians had just drilled Terre Haute North in a doubleheader sweep, 7-1 and 12-1, getting a combined four homeruns from Jessica Breeden. In their sectional opener they took out Terre Haute South 12-2, getting another homerun from Breeden, her 11th of the year.
Northview held the Artesians offense in check through the first two innings before they erupted in the third inning.
Martinsville's Chelsea Scott singled to leadoff the inning and Alaina Zloty followed with a groundout before Breeden narrowly beat out an infield single, a play that likely changed the face of the game.
Instead of two outs and a runner on second, their were a pair of baserunners and just one out. Lynne Zloty followed with a single that scored Scott, a wildpitch scored Breeden, Elizabeth Gwaltney singled home another run and Mikala Trimble popped out. The play could have ended the inning, but the Artesians would add one more run on an error and another single to go ahead 4-0.
The runs were all Zloty would need on the mound as she limited the Knights to just two hits in the game, a single by Traci Sanders and one by Erica Conrad in the first inning.
Northview's Stephanie Jonson was relieved in the fifth inning after allowing five runs, but when Katie Smith relieved following a triple by Zloty, Daniels greeted her with a two-run homerun that gave Zloty plenty of cushion to send the Artesians to the sectional championship game for the fifth straight year.
The Knights finish up at 22-8 overall and graduate three talented seniors from this year's squad.
Starting shortstop Kayla Glassburn, leftfielder, Sky Singleton and second baseman Jennifer Gregg each were key members of the Knights throughout their careers.
"Those are three girls that we're really going to miss," commented Jones following the game. "They all helped bring the chemistry and focus that this year's team had. They've each done something for this team to win. All three are the type of seniors that a coach loves to have."
Martinsville 9, Northview 0
2B -- Mv (Daniels). 3B -- Mv (L.Zloty). HR -- Mv (Daniels).