The Northfield and Southwood softball teams opened the 2015 season playing each other at Northfield Monday. The Lady Norse collected 11 hits and combined with 5 Southwood errors defeated the Knights 14-4 in six innings.
The Lady Knights would take the early 1-0 lead when Brooke Elliott led off with a walk and stole second before scoring on a sacrifice and wild pitch to give Southwood a 1-0 lead. The Norse would answer with 4 runs in the bottom of the inning. Kianna Kendall led off with a single then moved to second on a Paige Holley single. A passed ball advanced both runners before Lauren Early singled home Kendall to tie the score at 1, then took a 2-1 lead when Holley scored on the throw. Breanna Burcroff would then be hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second before a passed ball moved both a base. A wild pitch would then score Early and advance Burcroff to third when Abby Keaffaber grounded out to score Burcroff to make it 4-1.
The Norse would tack on 6 runs in the second when Paige Holley tripled home two runs before scoring on a bad throw to make it 7-1. Early would then single and score on a Keaffaber double to make it 8-1. Keaffaber would score on a Knight error and was followed by Burcroff scoring on a play to first to make it 10-1 after two.
The Norse would increase the lead to 12-1 after three when Shelby Ward walked and moved to third on a Kendall single. Kendall advanced to second on the throw to third. Holley grounded out to score Ward and was followed by Kendall scoring on an Early grounder to short.
The Lady Knights would make some noise in the fifth when Abby Grossnickle drew a one out walk and was followed by a Meranda Friend single. On the arrant Norse throw Grossnickle would score with Friend reaching third. Bailey Lundmark then singled home Friend to make it 12-3 with Lundmark advancing to second on the throw. Paige Dempsey would then draw a walk and was followed by an rbi single from Makayla Ridgeway to make it 12-4. The Lady Norse answered with one run in the bottom of the inning when Abby Keaffaber drove a shot over the center field fence for a solo home run to make it 13-4.
In the bottom of the sixth Michelle Hunt led off with a double and later scored on a Kendall single for the 14-4 final.