Lady Norse Top Knights To Reach Sectional Championship

The Northfield and Southwood softball teams met in the semi finals of the Oak Hill sectional Wednesday with the winner to play in the championship Saturday. The Norse built a 10-3 lead before having to hold off a Knight comeback in a 10-7 win over Southwood.

In the bottom of the first Kiana Kendall led off with a single before Paige Holley reached on an error. Kendall would be caught trying to steal third with courtesy runner Kelsie Thomson advancing to second. With two outs after a ground out Abby Keaffaber singled home Thomson to make it 1-0.

The Lady Norse would increase their lead in the second. Ashley Koch led off being hit by a pitch and moved to second on a wild pitch. With one out Olivia Taylor would double home Koch to lead 2-0. With two outs Holley would single with Koch scoring on an error for a 3-0 score.

The Knights would tie the score in the top of the third. Makayla Proffitt would reach on an error before a Taylor Heath single put runners on the corners. Kassidy Simpson would then be hit by a pitch to load the bases before Keagan Simpson cleared the bases with a triple to tie the score. The Norse would answer with 2 runs in the bottom of the inning when Abby Keaffaber drew a walk with courtesy runner Abbey Ross advancing to second on a passed ball. Breanna Burcroff would then be hit by a pitch before Jordan Shafer reached on an error to load the bases. With one out Burcroff would score on a wild pitch to give Northfield a 4-3 lead before an Olivia Taylor single drove home Shafer to make it 5-3.

The Norse would extend their lead in the fourth. Ally Keaffaber led off with a single and advanced to third on an error. Abby Keaffaber then hit a shot over the left field fence to make it 7-3. Burcroff would then draw a walk and take second on a wild pitch before Shafer moved her to third on a grounder. Koch then reached on an error, scoring Burcroff to make it 8-3.

Northfield would score 2 more times in the fifth. Kendall led off with a single and took second on a wild pitch. With one out Ally Keaffaber singled to score Kendall  for a 9-3 score. Abby Keaffaber would then single home sister Ally to make it 10-3.

The Lady Knights would cause a lot of finger nail biting in the stands in the sixth. Delayne Gentry led off being hit by a pitch before a Kassidy Atwood double. Bailey Lundmark then grounded out to score Gentry to make it 10-4. Kelley would pinch hit for Profitt and came through with a single with Atwood crossing the plate to make it 10-5. After a pop up Kassidy Simpson reached on an error with sister Keagan clearing the bases with a double to cut the Northfield lead to 10-7.

Drew Gentry would single for the Knights in the top of the seventh, but Southwood couldn’t muster a rally as they fell to Northfield 10-7.

Roster AB H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI R BB
Abigayle Ross 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kelcie Thomson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Paige Holley 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Abby Keaffaber 3 3 2 0 0 1 4 1 1
Ally Keaffaber 4 2 2 0 0 0 1 2 0
Breanna Burcroff 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 2
Olivia Taylor 4 2 1 1 0 0 2 1 0
Shelby Ward 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jordan Schafer 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kianna Kendall 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
Michelle Hunt 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ashley Koch 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0

 

Roster IP H BB K R ER
Paige Holley 7 9 0 9 7 4

 

Roster AB H 1B 2B 3B HR RBI R BB
Makayla Proffitt (W) 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Kassity Simpson (W) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Makenzie Gray (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Olivia Adams (W) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Taylor Heath (W) 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Taylor Kelley (W) 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0
Kassidy Atwood (W) 4 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 0
Brooke Elliott (W) 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Keagan Simpson (W) 4 2 0 2 0 0 4 0 0
Delayne Gentry (W) 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
Bailey Lundmark (W) 3 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0
Skylar Chain (W) 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Roster IP H BB K R ER
Bailey Lundmark (W) 6 11 4 1 10 5

 

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