Times Sports Editor
TERRE HAUTE -- Losing to a rival is never easy, but especially when you help the opponent hand you the season's first loss.
On Thursday night, Terre Haute South took advantage of a pair of fifth inning errors to break open a close game and post a 7-2 softball win over the Knights.
"We beat ourselves tonight," Northview coach Bethany Jones said. "South brought their game and we did not bring out game. The errors we made and the mental errors we made there in the fifth inning, we just beat ourselves tonight."
South was able to take a second inning lead as Cheyenne Reinig drew a one-out walk, Kaitlyn Pluta slapped a swinging, bunt-single over Northview third baseman, Kylie McKee and No. 9 hitter, Jene Renteria drilled a two-run double to centerfield.
Braves' pitcher Marissa Stout was cruising along, allowing only a fourth inning single by Ashley Hughes over the first five innings of work. The Knights were making plenty of contact, but the Braves seemed to be in perfect position to field each flyball and line drive.
"I thought, the first two innings, we made good, solid contact, but it was right at people. Then they got a couple of runs on the board and we started getting passive at the plate and not waiting for our pitch," Jones said. "We weren't being as aggressive as we were in the first two innings."
The fifth inning proved to be the backbreaker in the contest and that had as much to do with South's bats as Northview's defense.
Sophomore catcher Shelbie Scamihorn lined a shot to centerfield that Hope Torbert fielded, but dropped, leaving the bases loaded for the Braves with just one out. Stout then laid down an RBI sacrifice bunt that scored Marlow and gave the Knights their second out.
Trailing just 3-0, a wildpitch brought home Hall for the second run before Mackenzie McGregor drew a walk. Reinig followed by dropping a bunt that no Northview infielder broke for in time and brought home the Braves' fifth run. Pluta then sent a single into the outfield and the throw to third base was high and skipped into the Braves' dugout. The officials ruling was that it was a two-base error and that miscue brought two runs in to push the gap to 7-0.
The final damage was five runs on three hits with two errors in the inning, two of the runs were unearned.
Northview was able to mount a rally in the sixth inning on some of the Braves' own fielding mistakes.
Nicole Nelson reached on a throwing error, Alyssa Conrad drew a one-out walk and Hughes reached on another throwing error that brought Nelson in to score. Carter followed with an RBI single, but Stout got Jessica LaTourette to ground out and Lauren Webster to flyout to end the threat.
Haven Eders had a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning, but the Knights were unable to add to their run total.
Afterwards, Jones admitted that her team was frustrated with the loss to their Vigo County rival.
"The girls said (it's especially tough to lose) against South," Jones said. "If it was against anyone else I don't think they would have taken as hard, but we'll see them again in two weeks and we'll be ready for them."
The Knights (8-1 overall), host Brown County on Tuesday, April 26 at 6 p.m.
At T.H. South
2B -- THS (Pluta, Renteria). Sac -- THS (Stout).
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