Times Staff Reporter
The Northview Knights softball team kept Linton's losing streak alive as they won a slow-paced contest, 8-5.
The Knights started out the game well defensively, as they got out of the first allowing just one hit by pitcher Sarah Phillips.
Northview also started hot offensively as Alyssa Conrad hit a single in the Knights' first at-bat. Hits were also made by Taylor Carter, Jessica LaTourette and Hope Torbert. Nicole Nelson, Carter, and pinch runner Samantha Montague scored in the inning.
"Well, we started out pretty good," Northview head coach Bethany Jones said. "Coming out, that's one thing we talked about from the Martinsville game (7-1 victory), we waited late to hit. In this game, we came out, started hitting and got three runs off the bat."
In the second, Phillips recorded two strikeouts in a no-hit inning. However, she couldn't find the strikes against the Miners' Hali Murray and surrendered a walk.
When asked of great performers in the game, Linton head coach Ruan Fougerousse didn't hesitate.
"Hali Murray. She came through with a really clutch hit. Savannah Mason, she's always rock solid. She's always really solid on defense," Fougerousse said. "I expect that out of them. Those are our two captains. They've really stepped up and done what they've needed to do as captains. My freshman, Carlie Booe, has played outstanding centerfield. I've moved her to leadoff. She's taking care of business there for me."
In the third inning, Phillips' luck ran out. She allowed a double, two singles and a pair of walks in just a third of an inning's time before being pulled for Carter. Carter came into the game and quickly ended the inning with a strikeout and a pop-up out in subsequent at-bats, but the damage was done. Linton scored four runs in the inning.
In the bottom of the third, Linton senior Ashley Stetter gave up two hits but didn't surrender a run to keep the Miners ahead at 4-3 after three.
Carter pitched well in the fourth, just yielding one walk to Linton senior Darien Huffman in the inning.
The Knights got hot again offensively in the bottom of the fourth inning, scoring a run from Carter and Conrad off four hits.
Linton scored in the top of the fifth off a run by Jole Gadberry.
In the bottom of the fifth, Northview scored three runs after the Miners changed pitchers. The runs were scored by Kylie McKee, Ashley Hughes and pinch runner Nelson. Those runs put the score at 8-5
In the sixth and seventh innings, Linton's comeback attempt was foiled by Carter's pitching. She gave up only two hits but had three strikeouts in the pair of innings.
"I'm new this year," Fougerousse said. "I'm getting used to them and they're getting used to me. We're just not connecting on some communication."
The Knights play Bloomington South Monday evening at 6 p.m.
|Linton||004 010 0||-||5||9||3|
|Northview||300 230 X||-||8||13||4|
2B -- Nv (Carter), Ln (Murray). 3B - Nv (Conrad), SB -- Nv (Nelson, Carter, McKee), Ln (Mason, Parker)