Varsity softball drops a tough pair of conference outings to Northview


Jake Heilman, Sports Editor in Chief

Varsity softball came into Monday night’s matchup with a 2-0 record on the year and in the conference after blowing out Greenville twice two weeks back. Northview is one of the best teams in the conference, however, and gave FHC all they could handle.

Northview stole away a win from FHC in the first game of the doubleheader, as the four-hitter for the Wildcats came up with the bases loaded and Northview down by three, 5-2. Junior Tori MacLeod threw a fastball up at the eyes, but she somehow still got ahold of it on the barrel and sent it over the right-field wall.

FHC’s defense, despite a tough end, was solid last night after holding their top four hitters to nothing for the first six innings. The offense was active all night, but couldn’t push runs across the board until the top of the seventh.

Juniors Valerie Nuffer and Alex VanElls went 3-6 combined and scored 3 of the 5 FHC runs in the first game. Junior Molly Donovan was 1-3 and drove in a run.

The second game of the day was slow for FHC from the get-go. Their sound defense began to falter and they totaled 6 errors in the second game alone. Northview also outhit FHC 12-8 and jumped out to a quick 6-0 lead in the first two innings.

Senior Hannah Miller had a down outing on the mound but took care of things at the plate as she went 3-4 with the only RBI of the second game. Junior Jackie McLaughlin had a huge run for FHC, as she usually is a role player but came in and made a major contribution off the bench.

FHC plays again at home against the Wildcats as they look to avoid getting swept by Northview.