By STEVEN PENN
Times Staff Reporter
The Northview Knights varsity softball team beat visiting Sullivan 10-0 in a game that was ended by the 10-run rule.
The Knight's defense and pitching was stingy from the start, with Taylor Carter striking out five of the first eight Sullivan batters, on her way to an 11 strike out, one-hit game.
Northview's offense started off hot as well, scoring two runs in the first inning.
In the third inning, Carter continued to roll by striking out the side for the second time in the game.
The Knights followed the strong defensive inning with four scores in the bottom of the third.
Whitney Halfhill hit second and got things started with a single up the center. Next up was Ashley Hughes, who reached third on a bunt after a Sullivan error. Carter showed she could produce on both sides of the ball by hitting a shot up the center, which scored Hughes. Alyssa Conrad kept the string of hits alive on a blooper into center. However, Carter was called out at second on a questionable call. Then, Hope Torbert got a double on a deep hit into left field, which scored Conrad. Kylie Mckee followed with a single on a hit that was just over the first baseman's mitt, and allowed Torbert to score.
At the end of the inning, the Knights were leading 6-0.
Carter and the Knight's defense continued to look dominant in the fourth and fifth innings, by sitting each batter down in order.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Knights strung hits together again.
Halfhill, who reached base on each of her at-bats, started things off with a walk.
Hughes and Carter, respectively, both added singles on the next two at-bats, with Halfhill scoring off of Carter's hit to bring the score to 8-0.
Conrad hit next, and after a wild pitch that allowed Halfhill to score at home, flew out to the short stop.
Torbert followed with a game-ending single up the center that scored Halfhill, as the game was called.
After a 10-0 shutout, the Knight's Head Coach Bethany Jones said she was proud of her team.
"I told them, this is probably the best all around game we have played," Jones said. "As far as pitching goes, as far as defense goes, as far as our bats goes and base running. Defensively this has been our best all around game (too)."
She also commended starting pitcher Carter on her game, but noted even after a shutout victory there are still a lot of things for her team to work on going forward.
"She had command of her pitches tonight -- she's really doing a good job for us," Jones said. "We (still) have all kinds of things we can still work on."
1B- NV 8 (Carter 2, Conrad 1,Halfhill 1,Hughes 1, Mckee 1, Cox 1 Torbert 1), Sull. 1B (Stamper). 2B- NV 4 (Halfhill 1, Torbert 1, McKee 1, Carter 1) Sull. None. SB- NV 3 (Halfhill 2, Hughes 1), Sull. None.