Jeff Limbaugh. Sun-Times Media
2013 Purdue North Central softball
Danielle Keller freshman OF Hamilton (Milw.)
Amy Scott freshman P/OF Frankfort
Marah Cover freshman OF Franklin Central
Andrea Spencer freshman OF Wheeler
Cassidy Hardesty junior SS/2B Ancilla CC
Jaci Williams senior P/C Twin Lakes
Julia Hill freshman P/3B Beech Grove
Samantha Jones sophomore 1B/OF Yorktown
Erika Fitzgerald junior C/1B- Dunlap (Ill.) HS
Victoria Hurst sophomore OF Edwardsburg (MI)
Lanay Parks junior P/2B Wheeler
Leah Fenner freshman P/1B LOWELL
Ashley Starcevich freshman OF LOWELL
Amber Welsh senior P/1B Crete Monee
Sandi Downs senior C/3B LaPorte
Erica Pauer junior 2B Hebron
Mollie Lindeman freshman P/SS Hebron
Courtney Mansfield freshman OF Clark
Abbey Scowden freshman Lafayette Harrison
Jeff Boardman - Head Coach - 8th season
Denny King - Assistant Coach - 11th season
Gary Warwick - Assistant Coach - 1st season
Lindsay Gernenz (CROWN POINT) Assistant Coach - 1st season
Updated: February 28, 2013 12:48PM
Scott Donley (Crown Point, 2010) was 1-for-5 with an RBI in his debut game for Indiana University (3-2) as the Hoosier’s opened the 2013 season with a 2-0 win at fourth ranked Louisville on Feb. 15.
LaPorte star Dustin DeMuth played third base and was 2-for-5 for the Hoosiers. IU won 12-2 over the University of South Florida on Feb. 17 as Donley was 2-for-5 with three RBIs.
Donley batted a CPHS record .566 with 12 home runs, 61 RBI and 60 runs scored as a junior in 2009.
The left-handed hitting infielder also holds Crown Point’s all-time record for hits, at bats, runs and RBI.
He’s majoring in public finance.
The season has definitely begun for the University of Southern Indiana and Hanover Central graduate Kelsey Jankowksi (2010).
Jankowksi, as the designated hitter, lifted a grand-slam home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday as USI (6-3) topped Ohio Dominican 7-3. in a game played in Evansville.
Jankowski’s only hit of the game boosted USI in the first day of Southrn Indiana’s Spring Classic softball tournament.
Jankowski was batting fifth or sixth in the order in the first week of her junior season at the Division II school.
The state championship duo of left-hander Jimmy McNamara and right-hander Taylor Lehnert of Lake Central (2012) have not gotten to satrt any games as of last week at Central Michigan University (2-5).
Lehnert had allowed four runs in 6 1/3 inning over three appearances while MaNamara had given up one run in two innings.
State Class 4A champ Lake Central was 31-1 last season with Lehnert and McNamara as the 1-2 pitchers. McNamara struck out 126 batters in 75 2/3 innings. Lehnert was 11-0 with just 14 walks all season.
Andrean’s Nikki Steinbach (2012) made a triumphant debut to college softbal when she pitched a seven inning shutout for Ball State on Feb. 16 in a 2-0 win over University of Tennessee-Martin in the Kenneshaw State University Classic in Woodstock Georgia.
The good times continued to roll the next day as Steinbach, who pitched Andrean to the 3A state title last June, pitched a five-inning shutout against Tennessee Tech.
Steinbach did lose 7-1 to Creighton last Saturday in the University of Central Arkansas Classic, but she allowed just two unearned runs and struck out 10.
After four starts, the ex-59ers righthander is 2-1 for The Cardinals (6-3) with a 1.81 ERA, 25 strikeouts and 12 walks in 27 innings.
Andrean grad Audrey Bickel (2010), the Cardinals regular shortstop, was batting .292 (7 of 24) after nine games withn a homerun and 10 RBIs.
Crown Point grad Jeff Limbaugh (2011) is playing first base for the Wright State University Raiders (3-3) in Cleveland, Ohio and he also had a successful debut.
Limbaugh, who transfered from Parkland Junior College, was 2-for-5 with an RBI in an 8-3 win over Temple on Feb. 15.
Limbaugh, who hit .441 with 51 RBI and 12 homeruns at CPHS in 2010, was the starting first baseman in five of Wright State’s first six games.
Hanover Centrals’ Jessica Toth (2010) begins her second season at Division III Ilinois Weslyan next week and her team is ranked No. 7 in the nation.
Toth, a three-time Porter County Conference MVP for coach Larry McMillen at Hanover, was elected as second team All-College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin last year.
Toth played 37 games in the field for the Titans and batted .315 batting average with 29 runs scored and 13 RBIs, and stole seven bases in eight attempts.
The HC grad was 3-0 record and a 2.19 ERA and struck out 13 batters in 16 innings.
Crown Point’s Michael “Spike” Albrecht (2010) played seven minutes and scored three points Sunday in 7th-ranked Mchigan’s 71-58 victory over Illinois.
Trey Burke, the player that Albrecht plays behond at point guard for Michigan (23-4), scored his 1,000th career point on a 26-point night.
Burke will almost certainly go to the Natonal Basketball Association next season and it’s a good bet that Albrecht, an Indiana all-star for coach Clint Swan, will be playing much more.
But as for now, it’s no hardship to be one of the Top 10 Division I college basketball teams in the nation.
The Big 10 tournament begins Thursday, March 14 in Chicago.