In their final set of games the Knox College Prairie Fire softball team defeated Grinnell College to finish their regular season with a 9-17 record on a very positive note. The second game of the doubleheader was cancelled due to the weather.
The Prairie Fire got on the board first when freshman Rhiannon Neuville-Norton came in to score on an RBI double by sophomore Jordan Shaffer. Sophomore Amber Eisha followed with a single to give the Prairie Fire a 2-0 lead.
Grinnell answered with two of their own in the first, but Knox responded in the third with three runs to take a 5-2 lead.
The Pioneers reclaimed the lead with runs in the third, fourth and fifth inning to go ahead of the Prairie Fire 6-5.
Knox continued the back and forth battle with two runs in the fifth. The runs were scored by sophomore Anna Lemen and Neuville-Norton who came in on RBI hits by Eisha and junior Avecena Hollingsworth respectively. From there Knox did not look back.
The Prairie Fire scored three more runs in the seventh inning to build their lead to 10-6. Senior Amanda Wollrab scored on a RBI by Shaffer, Lemen scored on a RBI by Eisha and Neuville-Norton scored the last run for the Fire off a wild pitch.
Grinnell scored in the seventh inning but not enough to top the Prairie Fire, and the game finished at 10-7. Eisha earned the win to finish with a 6-9 record.
In addition to the victory, which was Knox’s third straight to end the season, the game saw the end of an impressive streak. After singling in the first inning, Neuville-Norton failed to record a base hit for the first time in 13 consecutive at-bats.
Despite seeing the streak end, Neuville-Norton was named Prairie Fire Performer of the Week for her solid finish to the season.
Neauville-Norton sits fifth in the Midwest Conference with a batting average of .387. Her on-base percentage of .453 is good for sixth in the league.