Times Staff Reporter
WEST TERRE HAUTE - The Northview Knights' softball team found early success against Terre Haute North in the Big Four tourney Saturday afternoon, but were defeated in the late game by Terre Haute South.
The Knights beat the Patriots in game one, 4-1, but fell in game two to the Braves, 2-1.
Northview started off well in the first game, with Alyssa Conrad hitting a double to centerfield on the game's first at-bat. But its success did not stop there. Later in the inning, starting pitcher Taylor Carter blasted a home run over the fence, sending Conrad home and giving the Knights a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
Carter also starred on the mound in game one; she struck out 11 batters and didn't give up a hit until the sixth inning.
In the fourth inning, the Conrad-Carter duo struck again with Conrad hitting a single to centerfield, then crossed the plate off a sacrifice fly by Carter for her second RBI of the game.
"We came out real quick I felt like," Northview head coach Bethany Jones said of her team's win over the Patriots. " ... Overall I'm satisfied with it."
The only run scored by Terre Haute North in the game was in the sixth inning as Hailee Travioli hit a single, then was brought home off a double by Marlee Yeager.
Northview's final run was scored by Hope Torbert off an RBI single by Lauren Webster.
The Knights' second game was a revenge game of sorts, as their only loss in a 13-1 season came to the same Terre Haute South team.
After starting its first game with a double, Northview got a taste of its own medicine as the Braves hit a double on their first at-bat. However, the Knights were able to get out of the inning without giving up a run.
In the bottom of the first, Northview opened its side well as Ashley Hughes got on base on an error. However, she would be called out on the next play due to an offensive interference call.
Carter hit a single, then reached home off Torbert's RBI.
That would be the only run the Knights would score in the game.
However, they came close in the bottom of the fifth as Carter hit a single to load the bases with one out, but a great defensive play by the Braves on the next at-bat led to a double play, ending the inning and squashing a great scoring opportunity for Northview. That double play would be one of three Terre Haute South had in the game.
"I think we counted and we left ten runners on," Jones said. "We cannot do that. We've got to be able to sacrifice when we need to move the runners, we've got to get in there and just hit a little base hit and get some runs on the board"
The Knights' runs wouldn't be enough as the Braves' Shelbie Scamihorn hit a double to right field. Her courtesy runner, Ashley Watkins advanced to third on a sacrifice fly, then advanced home for the go-ahead run on another sacrifice fly from Mackenzie McGregor.
Northview couldn't respond accordingly, and lost in a 2-1 decision.
The Knights' (13-2) next challenge is Monday at Sullivan.
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