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Softball: Bulldogs ‘Rock’ LC in dramatic DAC victory

Updated: July 1, 2013 2:23AM



CROWN POINT — Amanda Rock wanted to atone for a trio of errors she made earlier in the game.

Crown Point’s junior third baseman definitely came through when her team needed it most in Monday’s Duneland Conference game with Lake Central.

Rock lofted a game-winning, two-run bloop single into center field in the bottom of the seventh inning — scoring pinch-runners Brittany Hulen and Haley Sanders with the tying and winning runs — while giving the Bulldogs (7-3, 6-2) a dramatic 3-2 comback win over the Indians (15-7, 5-3).

“I was a little nervous,” Rock said. “But I have to give it to my teammates who got on before me. I knew I had to step up and do it for my team there and my teammates really helped. They were cheering me and supporting me and that gave me confidence. I wasn’t swinging for the fences. I was just trying to do my job.”

Rock’s hit enabled freshman pitcher Miranda Elish to pick up the victory and helped CP snap a six-game skid against the Indians.

“That was a total team effort,” Elish said. “We’ve been waiting to beat Lake Central for awhile.”

Elish scattered five hits and fanned six. She also went 2-or-2 and picked up her fourth win in as many decisions.

“I thought Miranda pitched very well,” LC coach Jeff Sherman said. “She mixed speeds very well. She moves the ball all around the zone. She was very good. I thought both girls pitched wonderfully.”

Indians’ starting pitcher Annabel Karberg deserved a better fate, particularly after Lily Del Toro’s two-out, bloop RBI single in the sixth gave LC a 2-1 lead.

“I thought Annabel really deserved a chance to win the game,” said Sherman, when asked if he thought about going to Del Toro to finish the game after CP had runners on second and third in the bottom of the seventh.

“I thought (Karberg) deserved to finish it.”

Instead, the ‘Dogs finished her — thanks to a lead-off single by Ali Rock, a sacrifice bunt by Gyure and a throwing error on LC third baseman, Paige Carter.

Several CP players talked in the dugout prior to the team’s final at-bat. The message being, the game isn’t over. These Dogs weren’t about to give up.

“I think we had some very good veteran leadership today,” CP coach Ginger Britton said. “Ali, Sienna and Amanda, all really stepped up and executed when we really needed them.”



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