Times Sports Editor
If Northview had the option to not see Mooresvile's Brittany Maurer ever again, there's no doubt that the Knights would choose to send the Pioneer pitcher far away.
Maurer was on the mound in the sectional last year when her Pioneers scored a 2-1 win in 11 innings to end the Knights' season at 23-3.
In that game, the sophomore held the Knights to a lone second inning run and just five hits. On Thursday evening, Maurer did herself one better by holding the Knights scoreless in a 4-0 Mooresville win.
The Knights provided plenty of help to the Pioneers, giving up two first inning runs on three errors and two hits. Northview also had its own offensive opportunities, but had one runner doubled off first base and another picked off.
The Pioneers got all the runs they would need in the opening frame when Stephanie Langenderfer opened with an infield single and Michelle Davis lined a single up the middle.
A Maurer bunt should have resulted in an out, but the Knights failed to cover first base for an error to load the bases.
Shelby Colson struck out the next batter for the first out. The Knights could have gotten out of the inning unscathed when Heather Uhls lined an out to Emily Phillips at second base. With the chance at a double play, Erica Conrad couldn't haul in the throw at first base and Langenderfer scored. Shelby Auler then grounded to Colson and the resulting misplay allowed a second run to score.
The Knights quickly came back, placing Lindsay Thomas on base via walk against Maurer and Erica Conrad on after she was hit-by-pitch. Maurer however was able to get a popout to rightfield and a strikeout from Colson to end the threat.
Jonna Raderstorf reached with a sharp single to short stop to lead off the second inning, but was stranded.
In the fourth inning, Traci Sanders reached on a looping single to righfield, but was doubled off when Colson's liner was nabbed by Uhls at third base. The throw to first got Sanders by a half step for the double play.
The same heartbreak could be said in the fifth inning when Kirstin Kimball blooped a single to rightfield, but was then picked off by Kelsey Morris behind the plate.
For much of the game, the Knights were their own worst enemy. The same could be said for the final scoring done by Mooresville.
Colson allowed a walk to Kayla Robinson, a sacrifice bunt, another walk and then a two-run single by Krista Robinson.
Northview's final chance expired in the seventh inning after Raderstorf reached via her second hit, but Jessica LaTourette was retired on a strikeout to end the game.
The Knights are now 6-3 overall and travel to Jasper for a weekend tourney on Saturday.