TERRE HAUTE —
Northview unleashed power rarely seen in high school girls softball Tuesday night to eliminate Terre Haute South 8-1 in the Class 4A Sectional at Martinsville High School.
The Knights hit three home runs in an eight-run third inning to reach the championship game.
Northview (16-8-1) goes for its first sectional championship since 1995 at 6 p.m. Wednesday against Plainfield, a surprising 13-2 winner over Mooresville.
South finished the season 16-10-1.
“Northview is a good hitting team. They’ve got some girls who have some pop in the bat. They did a good job of staying behind the ball and driving it to the alleys, and some went over the fence,” South coach Dwayne Stout said.
The Knights have been waiting for this rematch with South since their Big 4 contest was called with the score tied due to weather and playing conditions.
“These girls have been fired up all week. I haven’t had to do anything to get them ready to play ball. That is something we’ve worked on all year long. The consistency of our team play, all around, hitting, pitching, defensively, we came together tonight and played a great ball game,” Northview coach Bethany Jones said.
South took a 1-0 in the first inning off a towering home run down the left field line by Mackenzie MeGregor. Northview countered with three times the power.
With two runners on base and nobody out, Whitney Halfhill hit her first home run of the season over the left field fence to give Northview a 3-1 lead.
Taylor Carter stepped to the plate and promptly hit her 11th home run of the season and the Knights led 4-1.
Northview’s Hope Torbert kept the power going with a double into the left-center field gap. Kindra Cox received a walk and Madison Nevins was hit by a pitch, loading the bases.
After South made a pitching change, Lindsey Potter hit a grand-slam home run, her second of the season and second against the Braves, too.
“We looked awful the first two innings. They were throwing outside and we were going fishing for it and the third inning I said you got to make the adjustment. Each one of them stepped in and made the adjustment. They got the bat on ball. I’ve seen our girls hit in practice, I know what they can do and they did that,” Jones said.
An 8-1 lead was all Northview’s Carter (13-5-1) needed. She held the Braves to one run and five hits. She had a two-hitter going into the seventh.