Crown Point High School softball seniors, from left, Kendall Mores, Siena Gyure, Courtney Holm, Mandey Shrader, and Danielle Page. | Mark Smith~Sun-Times Media
Coach Ginger Britton (2nd year)
3-25 (Mon) Hobart - 4:30 p.m.
3-26 (Tues.) @ Penn - 5 p.m.
4-2 (Tues) VALPARAISO - 4:30 p.m.
4-4 (Thurs) @ PORTAGE - 4:30 p.m.
4-5 (Fri) Munster - 4:30 p.m.
4-9 (Tues) @ LAKE CENTRAL - 4:30 p.m.
4-11 (Thurs) MERRILLVILLE - 4:30 p.m.
Crown Point Invitational
4-13 (Sat) vs. Wheeler
4-13 (Sat) vs. Hanover Central
4-13 (Sat) vs. Andrean
4-15 (M) @ MICHIGAN CITY - 4:30 p.m.
4-17 (W) LaPORTE - 4:30 p.m.
4-19 (F) CHESTERTON - 4:30 p.m.
4-23 (Tues.) at VALPARAISO - 4:30 p.m.
4-25 (Thu.) PORTAGE - 4:30 p.m.
4-26 (Fri.) Homewood-Flossmoor - 4:30 p.m.
4-29 (Mon) LAKE CENTRAL - 4:30 p.m.
5-1 (W) @ MERRILLVILLE - 4:30 p.m.
5-2 (Thurs) MICHIGAN CITY - 4:30 p.m.
Twin Lakes Invitational
16 teams - pool play in Monticello
5-3 (Fri) pool play - p.m.
5-4 (Sat) pool play - a.m.
5-4 (Sat) pool play - p.m.
5-7 (Tues) @ LaPORTE - 4:30 p.m.
5-9 (Thurs) @ CHESTERTON - 4:30 p.m.
5-10 (Fri) @ Griffith - 4:30 p.m.
5-13 (Mon) @ Boone Grove - 4:30 p.m.
5-15 (W) Lowell - 4:30 p.m.
5-17 (Fri.) Highland - 4:30 p.m.
CROWN POINT (4A) Sectional
5-20 (Mon) quarterfinals - 5 p.m.
5-21 (Tues) quarterfinals - 5 p.m.
5-23 (Thurs) semifinals - 5 p.m.
5-24 (Fri.) sectional championship - TBA.
5-28 (Tues.) 4A Regional - TBA
Penn (4A) Semistate
6-1 (Sat) semifinals - a.m.
6-1 (Sat) championship - p.m.
Updated: March 20, 2013 9:46AM
CROWN POINT — Sometimes at the start of the softball season, you talk about how the girls need to gain varsity experience, get to know each other and learn their specific roles.
For Crown Points’ Lady Bulldogs, it’s not like that in the spring of 2013. Not like that at all.
Crown Point, which was 25-8 last season, has almost everybody back. As far as the regular starting lineup is concerned, only second baseman RaeAnna Jenks and designated hitter Lexie Rolff graduated. All the pitchers are back. All the outfielders are back.
“We lost two big hitters in the lienup,” said coach Ginger Britton, starting her second season as manager. “Lexi and Lu (Jenks) both hit over .450 and Lu was our No. 3 hitter for four years. Otherwise, we should hit the ground running.”
The Lady Bullodgs might struggle to score at times but they might not.
Senior Mandey Shrader batted .446 last season while twins Ally (.352 in 2011) and Amanda Rock (.333 in 2011) both are looking to better those marks. Gyure batted .342 last season with 24 RBIs.
But all eyes will be on the pitchers. Senior Siena Gyure (16-3, 1.75 ERA in 2012) and junioir Rachel Centanni and back and they will share time with 5-foot-9 freshman Miranda Elish, a much heralded right-handed pitching prospect.
Elish, a varsity basketball player as a freshman, is not just a hopeful. She has given a verbal committment to the nationaly ranked Division I University of Oregon and is considered one of the top 15-year-old pitchers in this part of the state. She is said to throw a 65-mile-an-hour fastball, the equivalent of a baseball picther throwing in the low to mid-90s.
Since Gyure (25-6 in the last two seasons) is hardly lacking a track record, so Elish probably will start make her debut as a relief pitcher in the first few games.
“Early on we’ll make sure everybody gets in the rotation, but it’s good to have options,” Britton said, suggesting that more than one pitcher could pitch in every game for the Lady Bulldogs to maximize their pitching strength.
“Especially in the Duneland Conference, with the way we play,” she said. “We play everybody twice and then we play the same teams inthe sectional. Every year we go through our entire pitching staff because the batters catch up to them by then. It will be nice to throw different pitchers against the good teams and mix up the combinations. Most good hitters can time a pitcher by the third time they see them.”
CP will face good hitters in powerhouse Lake Central and nemesis Chesterton, the two defending area 4A sectional champs.
Chesterton returns power hitters Sydney Cooley (.360, 6 HRs, 28 RBIs) and Megan Tymorek (.434, 9 HRs, 41 RBIs).
Lake Central features all-area shortstop Lizzie Seymour (.416, 4HRs, 36 RBIs, 36 runs scored) outfielder Aspyn Novak (.326, 25 runs scored) and hard throwing underclassmen Lily Del Toro (8-1, 1.43 ERA, 64 strikeouts in 50 innings) and Annabel Karberg (6-1, 0.82 ERA, 48 strikeouts in 35 innings). This will be a very good year in the DAC.