Times Staff Reporter
A hot start and steady ability to work out of tight spots helped the Northview softball team earn a decisive 5-1 win over Bloomington North Thursday night.
The Knights' offense exploded in the first inning. After Alyssa Conrad and Raven Enders reached on singles, Taylor Carter got Northview on the board with a two-run double. After the next two batters were retired, Jessica LaTourette brought in Taylor with a single.
All told the Knights got three runs on five hits in the first inning. Coach Bethany Jones said the fast start helped her team stay sharp in all elements of the game.
"We were able to jump out on top and that really got us going," Jones said. "It gave us more confidence on both offense and defense."
Sophomore pitcher Sarah Phillips also got off to a hot start, retiring seven consecutive batters between the first and third innings.
Phillips rolled into the fourth retiring the first two Cougar batters before getting into trouble. After hitting Sarah Worthman, Phillips served up a double to Kadee Axsom to put two runners in scoring position. Phillips then hit another batter, Audrey Mullis, to load the bases.
Despite working herself into a jam, Phillips recovered, recording a huge strikeout to get out of the inning with a three-run lead intact. All told, she threw a complete game, allowing one run on six hits, while walking two and striking out four.
After the Cougars finally got on the board in the top of the fifth, Northview added insurance runs in fifth and sixth innings on an error and a wild pitch respectively.
The win moves Northview to 9-5 on the season. Jones expressed excitement with the way her team was able to put together a complete game and earn a much-needed victory.
"It was a total team effort tonight," Jones said. "I'm proud of the girls for being able to make adjustments and for being able to get this win."
Northview visits Edgewood tonight at 5 p.m.
2B - BN (Axsom, Ridge). NV (Carter, Conrad)
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