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Colson leads Knights to victory

Monday, May 18, 2009

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Northview senior hurler Shelby Colson tosses a pitch toward home plate during the Knights' 9-1 win over Brown County Monday. [Order this photo]
She was one of two players who were honored with Senior Night Monday and Shelby Colson made the most of it.

Colson fanned 16 Brown County batters to lead the Northview softball squad to a 9-1 victory over the Eagles.

"I knew it was several," Colson said, admitting, however, that she was unaware she mowed down that many.

In addition, Colson had a perfect game heading into the sixth inning before Brown County's Alissa Newlin stroked a single -- the Eagles' only hit of the game.

"It was a clean hit," Colson said.

Colson struckout 10 of the first 11 batters she faced in the contest.

She finished the complete-game victory giving up one unearned run off one hit and one walk and is now 8-5 on the season.

"Her ball was moving," Northview Assistant Coach Dennis Leek said. "She was changing speeds well and hitting her locations pretty well. That was a good performance for senior day."

For the first two innings, Brown County freshman Kelsey Richardson kept pace with Colson, allowing only a single through two.

But Brailyn Whitson got things going for the Knights in the third inning with a single and advanced to third base after a throwing error off a bunt by Ashlee Ball. Emily Phillips then doubled in both runners and scored herself when Raven Enders kept the rally alive with a single.

Alyssa Conrad then doubled in Enders and Kaylee Clark singled in Conrad and pinch-runner Nicole Nelson, giving the Knights a 6-0 lead after three innings.

Leek said he was pleased with his team's ability to take advantage of Brown County's errors.

"That is something we've been talking to them about," he said, "taking advantage of the other team's mistakes."

Northview added two runs in the fourth inning and one more in the sixth.

Brown County's lone run came in the top of the sixth inning when Newlin scored off a fielder's choice.

The Knights tallied 13 hits in the victory, with Phillips, Ender, Conrad, Colson and fellow senior Kirstin Kimball each getting two hits each.

Phillips, Conrad and Colson all had doubles.

In junior varsity action, Northview defeated the Eagles, 15-0. Callie Wilkerson was 3-for-3 with a single, double and triple, while Emily Harden was 2-for-3. Sarah Phillips picked up the victory for NHS.

The Knights (9-8 overall, 5-0 in the Western Indiana Conference) will face Edgewood Tuesday at home, beginning at 5 p.m.

"We've got a good group of kids that want that WIC title," Leek said.

At Northview

Brown County 000 001 0 -- 1 1 4

Northview 006 201 x -- 9 13 1

WP -- Colson

LP -- Richardson

2B -- Phillips, Conrad, Colson (NHS)

Next Game -- The Knights (9-8, 5-0) face Edgewood at home Tuesday at 5 p.m.