Times Sports Editor
The Northview softball team thrilled its fans with a comeback win on the road against Plainfield on Monday night. Returning home to open Western Indiana Conference play against Sullivan on Tuesday, the Knights needed no such dramatics in shutting out the Golden Arrows, 7-0.
Alyssa Conrad provided everything the Knights needed both in the pitching circle and at the plate with a 3-for-4 night with two RBI.
Afterwards, Northview coach Bethan Jones spoke glowingly of her starting pitcher.
Alyssa did a great job tonight," Jones said. "She hit her spots and changed her speeds and got the ground balls like we wanted and let her defense play behind her. The defense did a great job making the outs. Alyssa really pitched a great game tonight."
Conrad allowed five hits and walked just one batter in getting the pitching victory as Northview won its fifth straight game.
At the plate, the Knights scored in five of the six innings against Sullivan hurler, Rachel Whitlock.
Northview got on the board in the first inning as Raven Enders had the first of her three hits in the game and moved to third with a stolen base and scored on a passed ball for a 1-0 Knights' advantage.
In the third inning, Nicole Nelson opened the inning with a walk, but was forced out at second on a fielder's choice by Hope Torbert. However, Torbert would later come around to score the team's second run on a slap hit by Enders and an RBI single by Conrad.
The fourth inning was the most fruitful for the Knights as Taylor Carter reached via a throwing error, which was followed by a base hit by Kylie McKee moving Carter to third. McKee moved into scoring position with a stolen base and Ashley Ball ripped an infield single off Whitlock's glove to score Carter. Nicole Nelson followed with an RBI groundout to push the lead to 4-0.
The Knights played add-on in the fifth and sixth innings as Enders, Conrad and Jessica LaTourette had back-to-back-to-back hits in the fifth. Whitlock was able to snare a screaming liner from Carter for the first out before Mckee popped up in the infield for the second out. However, Lauren Webster hit an RBI single for a 5-0 advantage.
Jones was happy to see nearly everyone play a role in the offense as eight different players reached base via hit, walk or error.
"Everyone played a role in the offense tonight," Jones said. "The one inning we left three on and a couple of times we left two on, but that will come around. We had some hard hits, but right at them. We couldn't find the holes."
Northview did find a couple of holes in the sixth inning to add two more runs as Nelson walked and stole second. Enders reached on an error and Conrad hit an RBI single. Enders would then come in via a wild pitch to cap the scoring.
Conrad then made short work of the Arrows to finish the game in the sixth with a 1-2-3 frame.
"This is number five in a row for us, we keep getting a little more confident," Jones said. "We knew tonight was a big game and we knew Sullivan would be ready to play. We came out and got the conference win and now we just have to be ready to play Thursday against (Terre Haute) South."
The Knights improve to 5-2 overall, 1-0 in the WIC and face the Braves at home Thursday.
On Monday night, the Knights extended their win streak to four straight with a comeback win on the road at Plainfield.
Northview scored eight runs over the final two innings and held the Quakers to just one run over the final four frames for a 10-8 victory.
Alyssa Conrad had a 2-for-5 night at the plate with two RBI and Raven Enders had two hits, scored twice and drove in two runs. Taylor Carter went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI and Hope Torbert smacked a double while going 2-for-5 and driving in two runs.
S. Phillips (W, 1-0) and LaTourette; Ping, Laswell (4), Collins (6) and Johanningsmeier.
2B -- Nv (Torbert).