Times Staff Reporter
The Northview softball team saw its five-game win streak come to an end, with a disappointing showing in an 11-3 loss to Terre Haute South Thursday.
Things started poorly for the Knights, when the second Braves batter of the game reached on a throwing error. Two batters later, Shelbie Scamihorn blasted a two-run homer to straight away center off Northview's Taylor Carter to give South a 3-0 lead.
The Braves, who batted around in the inning, added two more runs on a two-run double by Kaitlyn Pluta. All told, the Knights allowed five runs on four hits with two walks and two errors in the frame.
"We came out timid," Knights coach Bethany Jones said. "The emotion of each team was completely different. (The first inning) should have been over before they even hit that home run."
The Knights' offense had inspired moments but could not establish any consistency.
Jessica LaTourette drove in the Knights''first run with a double in the first. After South scored three more runs in the second, Carter and Kylie McKee drove in runs in the third with a groundout and single respectively.
However, Northview squandered several chances to chip away at the Braves lead early, leaving two runners on in each of the first three innings. Jones said an overall offensive spark, which helped fuel the Knights' five-game winning streak was missing on Thursday.
"In our last several games, we've always had people step up offensively," Jones said. "Tonight we didn't have that."
Carter left after allowing a second home run to Macy Toon in the fourth. Carter went 3 1/3 allowing nine runs on eight hits, with two walks and two strikeouts. Her replacement, Sarah Phillips faired much better, retiring nine Braves' batters in a row before allowing two insurance runs in the seventh inning.
The loss dropped Northview to 5-3 on the year. Despite losing to a very strong opponent (South ended Thursday with a record of 14-1), Jones said her team couldn't use that as an excuse, saying they needed to focus on repairing the mental errors which set them back.
"We have got to figure out a way to come out confident every night," Jones said. "Until we do, we aren't going to be as good as we can be."
The Knights have five days to regroup before traveling to Brown County next Tuesday night for a 6 p.m. conference battle.
2B-- THS (Latta, Stout), NV (LaTourette). HR-- THS (Toon, Scamihorn)