Softball: Crown Point takes DAC crown
By Dave Melton Post-Tribune correspondent May 14, 2013 11:42AM
Updated: May 14, 2013 11:52AM
CHESTERTON — One brilliant pitching performance in the middle of softball’s most precarious situation helped Crown Point clinch the DAC championship with a 5-1 win over Chesterton (18-3, 11-3).
“It’s nice,” Crown Point (15-3, 12-2) coach Ginger Britton said of the conference title, “but I think this team right now is looking for wins in the postseason.”
The Bulldogs led 4-0 in the fourth inning before Trojans No. 3 hitter Megan Matheny crushed a home run to left field. A walk, a late throw on a fielder’s choice and a single then loaded the bases with no outs for Chesterton, facing Crown Point freshman Miranda Elish in the circle.
First, Elish struck out Jill Bohnert in a lengthy at-bat that included several foul balls. She then whiffed Sara Richards with an off-speed pitch. Elish then escaped the jam with no damage by inducing a fielder’s choice ground ball off the bat of Bailey Slivka.
“I was just trying to bring it and mix in my changeup because my changeup was on,” Elish said of her approach in that inning. “I got lucky that it stayed with me for the rest of the inning.”
“It’s frustrating when you get runners on base and you strike out twice,” Chesterton coach LouAnn Hopson said. “A couple of those kids did battle real hard, but when you’re in that situation and you don’t put the ball in play, nothing can happen.”
CP’s offense scored in the first inning, which began with Elish taking a pitch off her ribcage. Two batters later, Rachel Honaker singled to bring the run home. Honaker then scores on a double to the wall in left-center by Rachel Mores.
The Bulldogs extended the lead to 3-0 on a sacrifice fly from Courtney Holm in the second inning, scoring Amanda Rock, who’d doubled to lead off the inning.
“That was very important,” Britton said of her team’s early lead. “Making sure we had an early presence on the scoreboard gives you a little bit of breathing room and lets you settle in. They’re a good team, so that may be all you get.”
CP added a fourth run on an RBI single by Elish in the fourth and then added some insurance in the seventh when Ally Rock doubled and scored on a passed ball.