Times Staff Reporter
Struggles at the plate and an inability to get off the field doomed the Northview softball team, which saw its season end with a 9-0 loss at the hands of Mooresville in sectional play Thursday.
In a game rained out Wednesday, the Knights mustered only two hits off Pioneers' pitcher Brittany Maurer. Northview coach Bethany Jones gave credit to the opposing pitcher and her defense, which kept Northview off the scoreboard.
"She's really good," Jones said. "We made contact, but we couldn't get the hits to fall."
Northview's biggest threat came in the fourth inning, when senior Kristen Kimball hit a two-out triple. Sadly for the Knights, they were unable to bring Kimball around, and didn't register another base runner until the seventh inning.
Northview fell behind early, when Mooresville's Heather Uhis hit RBI singles in both the first and third inning. Uhis' two-out single in the third began a disturbing trend that doomed Northview for the remainder of the evening.
On the day, Mooresville made one clutch play after another, recording five runs and nine hits with two outs. The most damaging blow came in the fifth. After Knights' pitcher Shelby Colson retired the first two batters, the Pioneers put the next two runners on, and Stephanie Langendfer hit a dribbling infield single.
Bailey Auler drove in the inning's second run with a single. Langendfer came around and scored on a wild pitch, pushing Mooresville ahead 5-0. Jones said her team "just didn't execute when they needed to."
Mooresville added four insurance runs in the seventh to put the game thoroughly out of reach. The young Knights, who had just two seniors on their roster, seemed overmatched by a Pioneers squad containing eight. Despite their lacking experience, Jones said her team still needed to execute better.
"We are a young team," Jones said. "I hope these girls learn in rough spots that we need to perform."
The loss ended Northview's season with a record of 10-12. Despite finishing under .500, Jones said her young team achieved a great deal, including a Western Indiana Conference title. Losing only two seniors, Jones said the Knights had a great deal to look forward to in the near future.
"This game didn't show what we accomplished this season," Jones said. "We matured a lot. I think we will be fine next year."
Mooresville advance to the sectional final against Plainfield tonight. The game will take place at 5:30 p.m. at Northview High School.
Mooresville 9 Northview 0
2B- Auler (M) 3B- Kimball (NV)