Times Sports Editor
Northview was able to hold off a late rally by South Vermillion in WIC softball action to take a 6-5 victory over the Wildcats on Tuesday. The win moves the Knights to 3-0 in the conference.
"In the beginning of the season we might have fallen, but tonight we were composed," Northview coach Bethan Jones said. "I told the girls that we needed our best defense at the end."
The Knights took what looked to be a comfortable lead in the fourth inning, tallying four runs on five hits and a Wildcat error. But the Wildcats weren't going away quietly.
Northview assumed early control as Kylie McKee and Lauren Webster ripped doubles to plate the first run of the inning and give the Knights a 2-1 lead. Nicole Nelson followed with a single and Ashlee Ball followed by knocking in both Webster and Nelson before moving to second when the ball was misplayed in centerfield. Emily Phillips plated Ball with an RBI single to put the Knights ahead 5-1.
Jones was happy to see the bottom of her lineup produce to such lengths on Tuesday night.
"The past couple of days we've been working hard on hitting and it was good to see the (bottom) of the lineup produce. It'll hopefully build them some confidence," said Jones.
The 6-through-9 spots in Northview's lineup went 6-for-12 with four RBI.
The Wildcats came right back in the top of the fifth inning as Natalie Draper walked and stole second before Knights' pitcher, Shelby Colson, got a ground out from Morgan Samuelson. Lauren Samuelson followed by smacking a flyball to centerfield that went off Kirstin Kimball's glove for an error to score Draper.
Colson got the second out of the inning on a grounder, but Laura Draper hit a bloop single to score a run and Allie Milam followed by driving a long single to center to score the fourth run for the Wildcats.
Leading tentatively, 5-4, Northview added the eventual winning run in the fifth inning as Shelby Colson reached on an error by shortstop Lauren Samuelson. Carlee Bell came in to pinch-run and came around to score as McKee singled to short centerfield to send Bell to third. Lauren Webster's flyball brought home a 6-4 lead for the Knights.
South Vermillion added a single run the following inning on back-to-back singles to get within 6-5, but Colson was rock solid in the circle in the final frame.
Colson, got Brittany Evans to foul out to Brailyn Whitson at third base, then struck out Laura Draper and got a groundout from Milam to end the game.
Colson retired the 3-4-5 hitters in the Wildcats' lineup to close down a one-run win for the Knights.
"It's nice to see Shelby buckle down in the seventh inning, she had great command of her pitches in the final inning," Jones said.
Northview improves to 6-7 overall and 3-0 in the WIC and host North Central this evening at 5 p.m.
2B -- Nv (Conrad, McKee, Webster), SV (None).
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