Times Sports Editor
ELLETTSVILLE -- The Edgewood Mustangs' softball team reached the semi-state level last season, but missed out on a Western Indiana Conference title after a 9-2 loss to Northview during the regular season.
Northview couldn't seem to get the hits it needed with runners on base after a first inning RBI double by Alyssa Conrad drove home Ashley Hughes.
With a 1-0 lead, the Knights allowed Edgewood to tie the game in the bottom of the frame as pitcher Taylor Carter hit lead off hitter Rachel Delay with a pitch and she eventually moved to third on a passed ball and wild pitch. Amanda Gilliland would bring her home with a one-out double.
The third inning had much the same feel for the Knights as Delay lead off the inning and was again hit-by-pitch. This time, however, Delay gave way to pinch runner Liz Bailum, who moved into scoring position on a one-out single by Gilliland. Ashley Miller followed with a sharp single to centerfield that escaped the outstretched mitts of two Northview fielders to get to the wall and bring both runs home.
The 3-1 lead proved enough for Edgewood pitchers as Delay kept the Knights off balance enough and her defense played flawlessly behind her.
Northview got a two-out double by Carter in the third inning, but she was caught in a rundown headed to third for the final out. Samantha Montague reached on a two-out base hit in the fifth, but Delay stranded her as well.
Miller came in to relieve Delay to start the sixth inning and Carter drew a walk with one out, but a sharp grounder by Conrad turned into a double play to end the threat. Kylie McKee and Madison Nevins hit one-out singles in the seventh inning, but Miller struck out the final two batters of the game to get the save and a WIC win for the Mustangs.
The Knights fall to 15-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference while Edgewood is now 14-8 overall and 3-1 in the WIC.
Northview hosts the Big Four Tourney today and takes on Terre Haute North at 10 a.m. followed by a match-up against Terre Haute South.
2B -- Nv (Conrad, Carter), EW (Gilliland, Headdy).