Lady Norse make history: Northfield tops Clay City, 3-1, in state softball finals

It was easy as 1, 2, 3…and 4, 7, and 11.

The unranked Northfield softball team capped off an improbable postseason run by defeating six of the top 11 teams in Class 1A to win its first state title, defeating No. 7 Clay City 3-1 in the state championship game Friday night, June 11, at Center Grove High School.

Propelled by two late homeruns from senior Addi Baker, and a three-hitter by pitcher Abby Hunter, Northfield came back from a 1-0 deficit in the top of the sixth inning to capture the championship.

“I was just happy that I finally hit a ball hard,” Addi Baker said about her first home run. “The second one was even better. We scored two runs and had a lead in the top of the seventh, so that was even better.”

“She showed up at the right time,” Addi’s coach and father Brandon Baker said. “It’s unbelievable to know that they did what they did and how they did it. They battled when we were down, just like they have done all year. They have fought, they scratched, they clawed, and found a way. Unbelievable.”

Posted on 2021 Jun 15