PREP ROUNDUP: WIC-leading Northview gets 6-1 softball win over Cubs
BRAZIL — Northview remained unbeaten in Western Indiana Conference softball play with a 6-1 victory at home against Greencastle on senior night.
The Knights recognized seniors Kennedy Johnston and Meghan Bass following the victory over the Tiger Cubs that improved Northview to 5-0 in the WIC and 10-6 overall.
Aggressive base running was key in the game for the Knights as well as the pitching of junior Ellie Jackman.
A pair of first-inning triples got Northview off and running as lead off batter Addy Thompson smacked a three-base hit to the right field fence. Madelyn Richey followed with an RBI triple and Jackman put Northview on top 2-0 with a sacrifice fly.
In the pitching circle, Jackman was fairly dominant, allowing a first-inning base hit and a walk before settling in and striking out nine through the first four innings.
The Knights added a second inning run as Makenzie Barger reached on an error and a sacrifice bunt by Johnston moved Barger around and she scored on a throwing error to third base.
The third frame saw Northview add on two runs thanks to a four-hit effort.
Madelyn Richey reached on a base hit and moved to second on an error. Jackman scored her with an infield single and Barger followed with a one-out slap single. Johnston would bloop a single and Bass was hit-by-pitch to load the bases. However, Greencastle pitcher Julia Mundy got out of the jam by coaxing a groundout.
Holding a 5-0 lead, Jackman kept Greencastle off balance with a mixture of velocity and rise balls and would finish with 11 strikeouts overall.
The Tiger Cubs would tally a run in the fifth inning as Macy Clark doubled with one out and moved to third on a wild pitch. A RBI groundout by Brittany Ricketts scored the lone Greencastle run.
The final Knights’ run scored in the sixth frame as Thompson doubled to right center field and pinch runner Maizie Pell scored on a passed ball for the final tally.
Greencastle 000 010 0 — 1 4 3
Northview 212 001 x — 6 11 1
2B — Nv (Addy Thompson), GC (Macy Clark). 3B — Nv (Addy Thompson, Madelyn Richey). SB — Nv (Addy Thompson 2, Ellie Jackman 2).
Northview hitting (ab-r-h-rbi): Addy Thompson 4-1-3-0; Maizie Pell 0-1-0-0; Jaedan Brown 4-0-1-0; Madelyn Richey 4-2-3-1; Ellie Jackman 2-1-1-1; Olyvia Notter 2-0-0-0; Haley Richey 3-0-0-0; Makenzie Barger 3-1-2-1; Kennedy Johnston 2-0-1-0; Meghan Bass 2-0-0-0.
Greencastle hitting (ab-r-h-rbi): Layna Robinson 3-0-1-0; Mckenzie Woodall 2-0-0-0; Kenzie Horton 3-0-0-0; Ivy Wright 3-0-0-0; Julia Mundy 3-0-1-0; Kaylee Hughes 0-0-0-0; Anna Chavez 3-0-0-0; Delaney Wright 3-0-1-0; Macy Clark 3-1-1-0; Brittany Ricketts 3-0-0-1.
In other softball:
• Cloverdale 8, Owen Valley 4 — At Cloverdale, the Clovers evened their record at 5-5 on Tuesday evening with a win over the Patriots.
“This was a really nice win after having the game on Monday night get away from us after leading for most of the game,” Clover coach Jim Spencer said. “We made just enough plays in the field and did a good job of scoring runs to secure the win tonight.”
Macie Couch evened her pitching record at 5-5 with the win, striking out five batters and walking just one. She added two singles and two RBI at the plate.
Tori Combs hit a home run and a double with three RBI, while Autumn Lewellyn had two singles and an RBI.
The Clovers play at Owen Valley on Thursday and host Eminence on Friday.
Owen Valley 002 001 1 — 4 9 1
Cloverdale 034 100 x — 8 11 5
WP — Couch.
• West Vigo 12, North Putnam 2 — At West Terre Haute, the Vikings broke open a 4-2 game with six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
North Putnam got both of its runs in the top of the second inning as Jada Stump hit a leadoff single and Olivia Haste was hit by a pitch.
Stump went to second on an error and eventually scored on a single by Kaleigh Storm, while Haste advanced to third on Storm’s hit and scored on an error.
Stump had a double and a single for half of the Cougar hits, while Mia Runnells added a single.
North Putnam 020 000 — 2 4 4
West Vigo 030 162 — 12 15 1
WP — Maples. LP — LaPierre.
• South Putnam 23, Eminence 13 — At Eminence, the Eagles got out to a 10-1 lead against the Eels on Monday, but had to score 13 times in the top of the sixth to put them away.
The Eagles mashed out 22 hits on the night. Drew Bratcher had three doubles and a single with six RBI and four runs scored.
Brionna Egold had a double, three singles, an RBI and three runs scored, while Alex Steffy had two doubles, a single, five RBI and two runs scored, Drew Steffy had three singles an RBI and two runs scored.
Bree Mahoney-Sutherland had three singles, five RBI and two runs scored, while Grace Carr had a double, single, three RBI and three runs, Helen Eaglin had two singles and three runs and Chloe Custis and Jaylen Hughbanks each added a single, RBI and run scored.
So. Putnam 640 00(13) — 23 22 7
Eminence 152 320 — 13 11 4
• Northview 10, Greencastle 0 — At Brazil, the Knights got a one-hitter from Indiana University signee Braydon Tucker in defeating the Tiger Cubs in Western Indiana Conference action.
Northview got six runs in the fourth inning and finished the game off with four more in the bottom of the sixth. Tucker had a double and a home run with four RBI and two runs scored for Northview.
Ethan Maier got a single for Greencastle’s only hit. Tanner Sanders allowed just one earned run for the Tiger Cubs.
Greencastle 000 000 — 0 1 3
Northview 000 604 — 10 8 0
WP — B.Tucker. LP — Sanders.
• More on Monrovia game — Greencastle coach Ben Wells offered some comments on Monday’s 15-10 loss to Monrovia that were not received in time for publication in Tuesday’s Banner Graphic.
“This was an ultimate game of ups and downs for us,” Wells said. “Nick Sutherlin gave another solid outing on the mound. He struggled a little with his accuracy but really grinded for us and kept us in the game. He has shown a lot of poise on the mound for us.”
Wells knows his team must improve defensively to pick up more victories.
“There were several times that not making the routine play put our pitchers in tough spots,” he said. “We talk all the time about not giving up extra outs because they will come back to hurt us, and this game was the perfect example.”
Wells thought his team’s hitting was better.
“One of the biggest positives from Monday night was at the plate,” he said. “We had a lot of guys make solid contact throughout the lineup last night and we finally got some big hits when we needed them. Abe [Wade] and Gus [Manion] both broke out and had big days at the plate.
“Ultimately, we have still yet to put a complete game together and prevent that one big inning that cripples us. We are growing and we are seeing some improvements.”
• Sullivan 20, South Putnam 2 — The Arrows scored eight times in the first and third innings to pick up the WIC victory.
South Putnam got one run in the first inning as Tanner Pistelli came home on a double steal, while Trey Long scored on an error in the third.
Pistelli had a double and a single.
South Putnam 101 00 — 2 4 4
Sullivan 818 3x — 20 11 2
WP — Nichols. LP — Crum.
• West Vigo 15, North Putnam 0 — At West Terre Haute, four Viking pitchers combined on a no-hitter.
North Putnam 000 00 — 0 0 5
West Vigo 438 0x — 15 6 1
WP — Ev.Newman. LP — Rudes.