By CLAY CUNNINGHAM
Times Staff Reporter
Northview softball captured the Western Indiana Conference title Tuesday night with a 2-1 upset victory over previously undefeated Edgewood, Class-3A's No. 2 ranked team.
The Knights were led by a masterful performance by Shelby Colson. After striking out 16 batters on Monday against Brown County, Colson was in top form once again. After allowing a first inning homerun to Edgewood's Laura Luther, Colson clamped down, pitching six innings of shut out ball to key the Knights upset win.
All in all, Colson allowed just four hits, while walking two and striking out nine. Colson said her dominance the night before keyed her confidence coming into Tuesday's crucial match up.
"Last night (vs. Brown County) really boosted my confidence," Colson said. "I knew I needed to have a good performance and I'm glad I had one."
Northview bats were slow to get started, but finally came to life down the stretch. Colson led off the fourth inning with a single. With two outs, Lauren Webster blasted a double to tie the game at one.
In the sixth inning, Edgewood backed the Knights into a corner when they moved runners to second and third with one out. But as she did all night, Colson stopped a potential Mustang rally short by striking out Ashley Miller and forcing Kierstin Thummel to ground out to short.
In the home half of the sixth, Kaylee Clark singled and eventually moved to third. With two outs, Freshman Kylie McKee singled to right, bringing in what would prove to be the go-ahead run that handed Edgewood their first loss of the season.
Knights coach Bethany Jones said her squad's comeback win was the perfect personification of the maturity her team has developed as the season progressed.
"I can't say enough about these girls and the effort they put forth," Jones said. "There were moments early in the season where we fell down 1-0 and just crumbled. Not doing that against a top team shows how much progress we have made."
The win gave the Knights their first outright WIC title since 2006. They also claimed a share of the title in 2007. Jones said the win was the perfect boost her squad needed before next week's sectional play.
"The goal we set at the beginning of the season was to win the WIC," Jones said. "This team has been through a lot and to win the conference against a team like Edgewood should give us the confidence we need going into sectional."
Jones then spiced-up her claims with an added boost of confidence.
"Correction," she said, "I know it will."
The WIC champion Knights will return to action tonight when they travel to Terre Haute North at 5 p.m.
|Edgewood||100 000 0 - 1 4 1|
|Northview||000 101 x - 2 9 1|
2B -- E (Ernst) NV (Webster) HR -- NV (Luther)
|Edgewood||IP R H BB K|
|Luther (L)||6.0 2 9 0 3|
|Northview||IP R H BB K|
|Colson (W)||7.0 1 4 2 9|
Next game: The Knights travel to Terre Haute North tonight, 5 p.m.