Northview's softball team might have suffered an ill-timed two-game slump that was sandwiched between Friday night's conference game against Edgewood and carried over into Saturday's Big Four Tourney opener against Terre Haute North. However, it still hasn't derailed thoughts of the program's first title since 2007.
Despite losing to the Patriots 4-0 in the opening game of the Big Four, the Knights showed some resiliency by responding with an 11-0 blowout of Terre Haute South that left the Knights with a 1-1 mark with a make-up game against West Vigo to be played on May 14. Both North and South finished play with 2-1 records as North beat West Vigo 7-1 on Saturday morning. The Braves had previously beaten the Patriots 7-6 on Wednesday.
Northview can win the title with a victory over the Vikings and allowing three or fewer runs in the game as the first tie-breaker is total runs allowed in the tournament.
The fact that the Knights are in position to play for the title is thanks to a big-time performance against the Braves that started with a seven-run volley in the second inning.
Hope Torbert started things with a single and Kylie McKee drew a walk from Braves' starter Cheyenne Reinig. Madison Nevins followed with a single to fill the bags with Knights. Kindra Cox brought the first run home when she was hit-by-pitch. Melissa Lummis walked to bring in McKee with a walk and Whitney Halfhill smacked a two-run single to left field. Taylor Carter brought home the fifth run with an RBI single, Alyssa Conrad walked to load the bases again, which ended Reinig's stint in the circle.
Hope Torbert greeted freshman Hanna Gossman with an RBI base hit to bring home Ashley Hughes and a sacrifice fly by McKee brought the Knights' lead to 7-0.
The offense continued to roll in the third inning for the Knights as Cox, Lummis and Halfhill all singled with no outs and Carter ripped a single that skipped off the Braves' shortstop's glove for an RBI base hit. Torbert walked to bring home the ninth run of the contest and McKee drove in Carter with a hit and a 10-0 lead for Northview.
Carter pitched a four-hit shutout and was 3-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and three runs scored. Torbert drove in three runs with two base hits and Halfhill added a double as part of a 2-for-4 game. McKee had two RBI in the win and both Cox and Hughes scored twice.
The second game win stood in stark contrast to game one in which the Knights mustered just five hits against the Patriots. North got a two-run home run from Jazmine Allen in the third inning, which was enough offense for pitcher Hillary Rittenberg.
Conrad was 2-for-3 at the plate and Carter was 2-for-4.
Northview (16-5 overall) plays host to Riverton Parke this evening at 5 p.m.
Big Four Tourney
At Northview High School
Rittenberg (W, 6-1) and McBride; Carter (L, 10-5) and Hughes. HR -- THN: Allen (3).
Swain (W, 5-2) and Whitesell; Akers (L), Harden (3) and Shephard.
Reinig (L), Gossman (2) and Scamihorn; Carter (W, 11-5) and Hughes.