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Delayed start can't slow down Knights in softball win

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Taylor Carter smashes an RBI single in Thursday's win over Bloomington North. [Order this photo]

Times Sports Editor

With a pivotal conference game waiting for them this evening and contests against rival Terre Haute North and South in Big Four Tourney play this weekend, it might have been easy to overlook Thursday's game against Bloomington North.

Don't tell Northview's softball team as only the Cougars two-our delayed arrival slowed the Knights' 10-3 victory over the visitors.

Coach Bethany Jones was a little concerned that her team might get off to a sluggish start after the start time was delayed.

"After the two and a half hour wait, I was afraid the girls might come out dead, but they came out and waited on that pitcher and we got some hits from several different people," Jones said.

Northview put some balls into play solidly over the opening two innings against Cougar starting pitcher Olivia Druckemiller, but it wasn't until the third inning that the Knights crossed the plate.

Ashley Hughes reached after she slapped a single and stole second to set the table for first baseman Taylor Carter who threatened to punch a hole in the scoreboard with a rocket that sailed over the fence for a two-run home run. The shot was her sixth round tripper of the season. Alyssa Conrad followed with a ringing double to right field and Hope Torbert brought her home with another double for a 3-0 lead.

North answered back with some base hits of their own in the top of the fourth inning as Kelley Wisely and Kasey Huntley-Bouvier singled before Leah Salmon doubled home a run off the Knights' Whitney Halfhill. A wild pitch scored a second run and an RBI single by Audrey Mullis tied the game at three-apiece.

Whitney Halfhill delivers a pitch on her way to a victory over the Cougars. [Order this photo]
Mullis came in to pitch in the fourth inning for the Cougars and the Knights gave her a rather rude greeting as Kindra Cox reached on an error, Tori Tilley sacrificed her to second and Halfhill drove her home with a double. Hughes singled and moved into scoring position and Conrad drove both runners home with her second double of the game for a 6-3 Knights' lead.

Halfhill kept the Cougars off the scoreboard the rest of the way despite spreading out 10 hits by the Cougars. The freshman helped her cause by only walking one runner in the game.

Jones credited her team for playing well behind Halfhill to get her a sixth pitching win against no losses this season.

"With Whitney, she's not going to strike a lot of people out," Jones said of the freshman pitcher. "She's going to make them hit the ball and the defense did a great job behind her and making great plays."

The Knights added some insurance runs in the sixth inning as Halfhill smacked her second double of the game and came in to score on an RBI single by Carter. Conrad reached on an error by the Cougars' second baseman and Torbert drove home a run with an infield single. Madison Nevins then drove home two runs after fouling several pitches off and driving a single into the outfield for a 10-3 lead.

In the top of the seventh inning, the Cougars had a threat cooking as Ashley Chitwood and Emily ridge singled with one out. Halfhill coaxed a grounder to third for a force out before Bouvier drew a walk to load the bases.

The situation brought Jones to the circle to talk the situation over with Halfhill, but the Knights' coach had confidence in the freshman despite the threat. Halfhill rewarded that faith by getting Salmon to ground into a fielder's choice to end the game.

"Whitney is a pressure girl. She likes those pressure situations so when you get into her and look her in the eye, she's going to do what she needs to do," Jones said. "That's what she did to get that last out."

Northview improves to 15-3 overall with a trip to WIC foe Edgewood tonight at 5 p.m.

"Having a week off has been nice to get that break, but I think it has hurt us a little bit too," Jones said of the layoff. "We've got three tough games against Edgewood, Terre Haute North and South. (Today) we have to get focused and come out ready to play our game."

Northview 10, Bloomington North 3

Bloom. NorthabrhrbiNorthviewabrhrbi
Chitwood 2b4020Halfhill p4221
Ridge lf4020Hughes c3220
Wisely cf4120Carter 1b4223
Bouvier c3120Conrad ss4222
Salmon ss4111Torbert cf4122
Mullis rf3021McKee 3b4010
Druckemiller p3000Nevins dp4022
Frasier 1b3000Cox lf4110
Mosier 3b3000Tilley 2b3000
Bloom. North0003000-3104

2B -- Nv (Halfhill 2, Conrad 2, Torbert), BN (Wisely, Salmon). HR -- Nv Carter (6). SB -- Nv (Hughes).


Halfhill (W, 5-0)7.031013
Bloom. NorthIPRHBBK
Mullis (L)3.07801