Opening dayPublished 10:49am Saturday, February 16, 2013
The Northview High School Lady Chiefs won on opening day, beating Pensacola Catholic in an abbreviated five-inning contest.
Senior hurler Misty Doran pitched a complete game and picked up her first win of the year. Doran gave up three hits in the win. She struck out five and walked four.
“She did a decent job, but she can do a lot better,” coach Amy Holland said of her pitcher.
The Lady Chiefs hit well early on, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first and five runs over the next two innings for a 9-0 lead at the end of the third.
They scored their first run after the lead-off batter hit a single and got to second on an error. A single later in the inning with no outs led to another run and a third run was scored on a one-out single. A triple scored the final run of the half inning.
Doran earned two of her five strikeouts against Penscola Catholic and retired the side with a flyout to left field.
A passed ball from the Pensacola Catholic catcher led to the Lady Chiefs fifth score in the bottom of the second.
Northview was able to score in the bottom of the third after the lead-off batter hit a double and was brought around after a groundout to first. The Lady Chiefs scored again after a passed ball and a stolen base. Northview was up 7-0 when a double scored two more runs to make it 9-0 going into the top of the fourth inning.
Doran picked up two more strikeouts in the top of the fourth. Catholic stranded three base runners in that half inning.
The Northview bats got a little quieter in the bottom of the fourth, scoring on a passed ball with the bases loaded.
A double in the top of the fifth led to Catholic’s only score of the game. Doran racked up two more strikeouts in the last half inning.
“I’m kind of pleased with the win,” Holland said. “We need to use this as a building stone. There were a lot of things that went well, but I think we need to hit better.”
Northview took on Chipley Friday evening, but results weren’t available as of press time.