Times Sports Editor
The weather may have left plenty to be desired, but a Northview conference win, 10-1 over Owen Valley, sent the fans home happy on Friday night.
A steady drizzle left just about everything soaked at Northview High School, but still couldn't dampen the Northview fans spirits.
After a pedestrian first inning, Northview's bats got going in the middle innings of the victory.
Traci Sanders led the second inning off with a line single off the glove of the Patriots' shortstop and Jessica LaTourette brought her home with a ringing double to the fence in leftfield.
After Shelby Colson started the game and gave up a pair of singles and a walk in the opening inning, Katie Smith came in and seemingly befuddled the Patriot batters.
Smith allowed just a pair of hits over her six innings of work and sent 11 batters back the dugout via strikeouts.
The third inning served as the breakout frame for the Knights aided by Owen Valley fielding miscues.
Emily Phillips reached first base on the first error of the inning and Lindsay Thomas laid down a bunt and reached safely. A passed ball moved both runners into scoring position.
"We made some adjustments (at the plate) and moved up in the box," said coach Bethany Jones of her team's improvement at the plate. "Emily (Phillips) had some solid hits, it was good to see her making good contact."
Kyler Clark had some success of her own, lining a two-run single up the middle to give the Knights a 3-1 lead.
Katie Smith then brought Clark home with a single and Traci Sanders got into the act with a single. Erica Conrad, got her most extensive playing time after recovering from pneumonia, and doubled two more runs home for the Knights.
LaTourette reached when she was hit by a pitch and her pinch-runner, Erica Matson, scored on a hit by Phillips.
Suddenly the Knights were ahead 8-1 and well on their way to a WIC victory.
Smith struck out the side in the second inning and had two more strikeouts in both the fourth and sixth innings.
"Katie hit her spots tonight and she's pitched well the last couple of games," said Jones. "She needs to keep working on her changeup, but she pitched a good game."
Northview added two more runs against Owen Valley's new pitcher, Mack Evans.
Clark reached via error a second time to lead off the inning and Sanders reached when her pop up was dropped.
Clark came in to score when Sanders stole second base and the throw went to second base. Clark raced home to beat the throw. Jonna Raderstorf then brought home Sanders with an RBI single to cap the Knights scoring.
Northview improves to 10-9 overall and travels to Turkey Run today at 11 a.m.