Times Sports Editor
Northview showed off a potent blend of outstanding pitching and explosive offense to open its conference softball season.
The Knights got a no-hitter on the mound from Katie Smith and a seven RBI evening at the plate from Erica Conrad on the way to a 17-0 pasting of Sullivan.
"I think this is a boost for her confidence," said coach Bethany Jones of Conrad's big night. "We have her in the three spot because she's our RBI queen. But all the girls contributed tonight."
Indeed, 10 different players got a hit and seven different players drove home a run in the victory.
But one run was enough in this game as Smith had her pitches working against the Arrows.
Smith struckout five batters in the no-hitter. The only blemish was a walk in the third inning to Shelby Lamb.
"Katie did a nice job for us," commented Jones. "She kept changing speeds, but she did walk a batter, which was disappointing for her."
Conrad gave Smith plenty of runs to work with after plastering a 3-run homerun as part of a 12 run third inning that blew the contest wide open. To that point, Northview was able to touch up Sullivan starter Allannah McKinley for one run.
But the Knights caught up to the Arrows' hurler in the third frame.
Lindsay Thomas blasted a double to leftfield and Emily Phillips reached via an error on the third baseman. That signaled the end of McKinley's night and Sullivan brought in Anna Clements.
She fared no better as Conrad blasted her 3-run shot to greet her and Traci Sanders followed with a two-base hit. Shelby Colson followed with an RBI double to score Sanders.
Jonna Raderstorf reached on another error, Smith walked and freshman Jessica LaTourette brought both runners home with a double.
The Arrows brought in a third pitcher, Haley O'Neal, to face Kyler Clark, but a wildpitch scored a run before Thomas followed with an RBI single.
Conrad then came back to the plate to shot a two-run single into the outfield and the Knights led 11-0.
Erica Matson pinch-hit and reached via a single and Raven Enders scored her on a groundout.
All told, Northview scored 12 runs on eight hits and three errors in the inning.
From there, Smith closed out the Arrows in the fifth and sixth innings and the Knights added on in the fourth inning with two more RBI coming from Conrad.
Ashlee Ball, Lauren Webster and Kaylee Clark each reached on singles to set the plate for Conrad again.
"We ask those freshmen girls to come in and contribute," said Jones. "They did their job tonight."
Thomas had three hits, Conrad had three and Sanders reached base three times for the Knights.
Northview is now 4-2 overall, 1-0 in the WIC, and will host Terre Haute South on Thursday at 5 p.m.
2B -- Nv (Thomas, Phillips, Conrad, LaTourette). HR -- Nv (Conrad).
SB -- Nv (Thomas ).