Softball: No letdown for Crown Point in win over Griffith
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent May 14, 2013 11:42AM
Updated: May 14, 2013 11:52AM
GRIFFITH — Crown Point’s softball team could have experienced a letdown after clinching the Duneland Conference title in Thursday’s win over Chesterton.
Coach Ginger Britton’s pregame talk, freshman Miranda Elish’s magnificent arm, and the bats of Rachael Honaker and Mandey Shrader, weren’t about to let it happen as Crown Point (19-3) rolled to a 10-0 win over Griffith on Friday.
Elish — who’s already given a verbal commitment to the University of Oregon — retired the first 13 batters before finishing with a two-hitter and seven strikeouts.
Honaker had two hits, including a grand slam, while Shrader went 3-for-3 with three RBI against the Panthers (9-9), who had beaten the Bulldogs last year.
“We did talk before the game about the big win (Thursday) and that we didn’t want to come out flat,’’ Britton said. “They all know we have a big week of games ahead of us and they were ready to play.’’
Elish was as stingy and efficient as usual — allowing only back-to-back singles in the fifth inning to Jamie Rex and Alexis Atkinson.
“Things got a little rocky (there),’’ Elish said. “I was kind of mad at myself for giving up those two hits, but my teammates really stepped up and did a nice job making plays when we had to.’’
When asked about her performance, Elish was almost sheepish.
“Everything was working pretty well for me, especially with the weather,’’ she said.
When Honaker belted her slam in the sixth, she wasn’t looking for a certain pitch.
“I just wanted to help out my team and finish off the game,’’ she said. “I just look for any strike. I like jumping on any good pitch, really.’’
Griffith coach Don Bence was impressed with Elish.
“That’s by far the best pitching performance we’ve faced since we saw (Chesterton’s Megan) Tymorek in our first game,’’ he said.
“We thought we got some really good swings against her as the game wore on, but we just couldn’t get our hands out in front to drive one on her.’’