Times Sports Editor
Northview's Thursday softball loss to Bloomington North had an all too familiar feel.
New York Yankees' Hall of Famer, Yogi Berra, may have called it "Déjà vu all over again."
For the Knights, falling behind 4-0 in the first inning and rallying to an eventual 6-5 loss was unfortunately much like the team's earlier contest with sectional foe Plainfield.
"This was our Plainfield game all over again," said coach Bethany Jones. "Giving up four runs in the first inning really hurt us. Shelby (Colson) wasn't as consistent and they got ahead and got momentum."
The Cougars indeed grabbed firm control of the game in the early stages on some patience and power at the plate.
Kelsey Brannon drew a leadoff walk from Colson to set up an RBI single by Maggie David. Her stolen base put her in scoring position before Colson got the next two batters on a groundout and lineout.
Megan Mishler stepped to the plate and blasted a laser over the left centerfield wall for a two-run homerun. A double by Mollie Cash and a single from Amanda Pedigo brought home the fourth run of the frame.
To their credit, the Knights didn't pack it in, they instead started scratching and clawing to get back into the game.
"We didn't give up, the first couple of innings we just weren't as disciplined," said Jones.
In the third inning, sophomore hurler Alicia Brewer got the first two outs for the Cougars before the Knights got something cooking.
Lindsay Thomas reached on an error via a throw wide to first on her ground ball. Kyler Clark then lined a single to center to bring the senior home.
That run set a tone for the Northview offense, which seemed to gain confidence from the tally.
In the following inning, Traci Sanders singled to left to lead off the inning and Jessica LaTourette sacrificed her to second. Jonna Raderstorf reached on a second error by the Cougars that scored Sanders and Erica Matson reached when her grounder to Brewer was misplayed.
Raven Enders followed with an RBI groundout to get the Knights within 4-3.
Katie Smith took over the duties in the circle with no outs in the third inning and held the Cougars scoreless the first two innings.
In the fifth however, Brewer lead off with a single and advanced to third on some heads up baserunning.
Mishler popped up in foul territory for an out, but Brewer tagged and raced to second. The throw to second got loose and Brewer continued on to third base. She would score North's fifth run on a single to short rightfield.
Not to be outdone, Northview regained the run in its next turn at bat on a single from Thomas, an infield single by Smith and an RBI groundout by Sanders following a passed ball.
Heading into the final inning, Northview's momentum was briefly cut short when the Cougars re-established their two-run advantage on a key RBI single by Candice McMillian to score Brianna Bartlett.
The run proved to be the winning tally when Northview capitalized on a two-base error following Thomas' single. The senior came home for the final Knights' run on a sacrifice bunt by Kyler Clark.
Brewer was able to hold the tying run at bay after Smith walked, but her pinch runner (Kirstin Kimball) was left stranded.
The loss sets up the Knights for tonight's key Western Indiana Conference battle with Class 3A No. 1 ranked Edgewood with an 8-6 record.
2B -- BN (Cash). HR -- BN (Mishler).
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