Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- Forgive the Northview Knights if they came out a little flat in Wednesday's road trip to Terre Haute North.
The Knights still had to be a bit overjoyed after celebrating an upset of Class 3A third-ranked Edgewood the evening before that clinched a WIC championship. So with the Patriots celebrating Senior Night, Northview became the victim of an 8-1 loss to North.
"We're young," coach Bethany Jones said. "Last night was a huge step and I'm not sure we were totally here. Still, hopefully we'll fix these mistakes by Tuesday."
Emily Phillips got a rare start in the circle for Northview and made it through the first few innings before the Patriots were able to dent the scoreboard.
Both teams had early opportunities as Raven Enders got a big night started in the first inning by slapping a bunt single to reach base. She would steal second and Shelby Colson reached via walk. However, Brittney Isom was able to escape any damage by striking out Kirstin Kimball.
Two walks and an error in the first inning nearly plated a run, but Phillips got Casey Branche to ground out.
Phillips walked the first two batters in the second inning and Kelsey Rosselli sacrificed the runners into scoring position before Carly Butwin fouled out and Danielle Ketner lined out.
Enders reached base again in the third inning for the Knights and moved to second on an error on the throw, but she was stranded as Isom got both Alyssa Conrad and Shelby Colson to end the threat.
The Patriots got the eventual winning runs in the fourth inning as Lindsay McBride singled to rightfield and Rosselli followed with a triple to the wall in centerfield. McBride scored and the throw to the plate got away from Webster and Rosselli added the second run.
The Patriots touched Phillips for a three-run fifth inning as Branche led off with a double and McBride reached with a one-out walk. Rosselli scored Branche with a single and Butwin smacked a two-run single that ended Phillips' night in the circle.
Conrad moved from shortstop and got the final two outs to end the inning, but the Knights were down 5-0.
Northview was able to score its lone run in the sixth inning as Enders led off with her third hit of the game and stole second. Conrad then blasted an RBI double to rightfield to end the shutout bid.
"(Enders) has been doing great," Jones said of her leadoff hitter. "We can count on her to get on base and she's good at putting the ball in play and making the defense commit errors."
Following Conrad's RBI hit, Isom was able to get the next two outs before walking Webster to extend the inning. Sullivan came in to relieve the senior and finished off the game without allowing a hit.
The loss drops the Knights to 10-9 overall and a trip to Castle's Tourney on Saturday where they will face Boonville at 1 p.m. EST.
At T.H. North
2B -- Nv (Conrad), THN (Ketner, Branche). 3B -- THN (Rosselli).