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.
|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|
|Bailey Lundmark (W)||6||11||4||1||10||5|