Times Sports Editor
Wrigley Field had nothing on Northview's softball complex on Thursday evening.
The wind was blowing fiercely out of the park and Northview's hitters took full advantage with five extra base hits to help overcome seven errors for a 17-9 win over Terre Haute South.
Shelby Colson won't soon forget her night at the plate, blasting homeruns in the first and sixth innings on the way to a nine RBI night and a victory on the mound.
"Shelby had a great night at the bat," said coach Bethany Jones. "Offensively we have confidence in the batter's box."
Seventeen hits will do that for a team.
Twice the Knights had a shot to end the game early via the 10-run rule, leading 10-1 after four innings and 13-4 in the fifth inning, but the resilient Braves wouldn't go quietly.
Colson launched her first roundtripper in the first to bring home Erica Conrad and Traci Sanders as Northview got out to a 4-0 lead through three innings.
The Braves got one run back in the fourth, but the Knights piled on in their half of the frame to nearly reach the 10-run level.
Jessica Latourette reached on a single and Erica Matson was safe on an error. Kyler Clark singled and Lindsay Thomas rapped a two-run double to extend the lead. Emily Philips then singled in another run and Traci Sanders walked to set up Colson for a two-run single that pushed the lead to 10-1.
The Braves scratched back with three runs of their own coming with two outs in the fifth inning.
Colson struckout Amber Mayfield to start the inning and after a walk to Taryn Decker, got a force play for the second out.
But back-to-back grounders resulted in errors and two Braves runs scored. Tiffany Fendrick then singled home a third run for a 10-4 contest.
Not to be outdone, the Knights started quickly at the plate in the fifth getting a bunt single from Thomas, an infield single by Phillips and an RBI double by Conrad. After a lineout by Sanders, Colson drove home another run with a single and LaTourette brought Conrad home with a hit for a 13-4 lead.
The sixth inning proved to be another adventure for the Northview defenders, who committed two more errors that helped extend the frame. South added in four hits to bring home five runs to get back within 13-9 and gain the momentum.
With one more chance at bat, Thomas walked with one out for the Knights and Phillips blooped a single to reach base. Conrad grounded into a force play at third, but the Braves weren't quite able to escape.
Sanders singled home a run to give Colson another chance at the plate.
Already sitting on a 3-for-4 night, Colson launched a high fly down the leftfield line that just stayed inside the foul pole for a 3-run shot and evoked a smile from the junior hurler that won't soon diminish.
Reaching home plate to the hugs of her teammates, Colson had completed a 4-for-5 night with nine runs driven in and 10 total bases.
Despite the Knights' seventh error in the top of the seventh inning, Northview capped the game without a further Braves' rally.
Despite earning the fifth win of the year, coach Jones was understandably disappointed in her team's defense.
"Defensively we had a lack of communication and a lack of focus," said Jones. "There were too many plays that the girls didn't' call each other off. I feel like we played nonchalant."
The Knights improve to 5-2 overall and travel to Brown County on Tuesday at 6 p.m.
2B -- Nv (Thomas, Conrad, Sanders), THS (Price). HR -- Nv (Colson 2). SB -- Nv (Thomas).
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