Times Sports Editor
The Terre Haute South Braves got a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning from junior Cheyenne Reinig to break open a one-run contest and claim a 5-1 victory over the host Knights in sectional play.
Braves' starting pitcher Marissa Stout hasn't seen much action in the circle this season with an injury after producing as the team's No. 1 hurler for much of her career. However, she has produced in the postseason.
Stout allowed just two runs as the Braves overpowered Martinsville to open sectional play on Monday night and the senior gave up just a first inning score against Northview on her way to a complete game victory.
"Marissa (Stout) wasn't overpowering. Give her credit though, being hurt, she came out and threw a good game. I just felt like we needed to be more selective, but yet aggressive when the ball came in there," Northview coach Bethany Jones said.
One night after the Knights pounded out a pair of home runs to capture a postseason win over Terre Haute North, Northview was kept off balance much of the night and wasn't able to string together multiple hits in any inning.
The Knights did open the scoring in the sectional semifinal as freshman Whitney Halfhill drilled a double to start the game and came around to score on a sacrifice by Ashley Hughes and a sacrifice fly by Taylor Carter.
The Braves tied the score in the second inning as Shelby Scamihorn doubled and her pinch runner scored on a sharp single that went off Northview third baseman Kylie McKee's mitt.
South took the lead in the bottom of the third inning as Kelsey Marlow doubled to start the inning and moved to third on a passed ball on an attempted bunt. South attempted to play some small ball as Alexis Higgins dribbled a bunt several feet in front of the plate and the throw went to third base as Marlow strayed off the bag. However, the Braves' shortstop was ruled safe on a close play as both runners reached safely. Carter got Mackenzie McGregor via strikeout for the first out and a single to shortstop by Shelby Scamihorn plated one run, but Higgins was thrown out at the plate.
Northview threatened to tie the game in the fourth inning as McKee walked with two outs and Jensen Swaim blooped a single to left field that was misplayed, allowing both runners to move into scoring position. Stout was able to get Madison Nevins to fly out to end the inning however.
South had the better of the chances most of the game, leaving six runners on base, but the Knights had runners in scoring position in both the third and fourth frames, but couldn't add to their total and tie the game.
The contest remained a one-run affair, 2-1, into the bottom of the sixth as Carter walked Scamihorn and Stout was hit by a pitch that bounced several feet in front of the batter's box and reached first base. Reinig followed with the three-run home run that essentially sealed the deal for the Braves, who move on to this evening's title game at 5:30 p.m.
Northview finishes the season at 23-7 overall and graduates seniors Alyssa Conrad, McKee and Samantha Montague.
"I've had Alyssa (Conrad) and Kylie (McKee) both on this varsity team since they were freshmen. They are leaving big shoes to fill. Alyssa, a lefty shortstop, you never see that," Jones said. "Her quick feet and strong arm, she's going to get everything and run everything down. She's strong with her bat too even though she struggled the last couple of games. Kylie has been a heck of a third baseman for me. She made adjustments this year finally and was able to really come along I felt like. Samantha (Montague) was a great utility player for us. All three of them, with their work ethic, are going to be successful in life."
Class 4A Northview Sectional
T.H. South 5, Northview 1
|Halfhill 1b||4||1||2||0||Marlow ss||4||1||2||0|
|Hughes c||2||0||0||0||Higgins cf||4||0||0||0|
|Carter p||2||0||0||1||McGregor 1b||3||0||0||0|
|Conrad ss||3||0||1||0||Scamihorn c||2||1||2||1|
|Torbert cf||3||0||0||0||Rowley pr||0||1||0||0|
|McKee 3b||2||0||0||0||Stout p||2||1||0||0|
|Swaim dp||3||0||1||0||Dalton pr||0||0||0||0|
|Nevins rf||3||0||1||0||Reinig 2b||2||1||2||3|
|Cox lf||3||0||0||0||Watkins rf||3||0||1||1|
2B -- Nv (Halfhill 2), THS (Marlow, Scamihorn). HR -- THS (Reinig).
|Carter (L, 16-6)||6.0||5||8||2||5|