Softball: Hebron roughs up Wheeler, 16-3
VALPARAISO — Visiting Hebron wore its hitting shoes for this one as the Hawks clobbered host Wheeler by a score of 16-3. It was a five-inning affair.
The Hawks (7-4) tallied four runs in the top of the first and added another run in their half of the third to take an early 5-0 lead.
But the Bearcats took advantage of a leadoff walk and a misplayed infield popup. With nobody out, Wheeler ace Nikole Finch (4-3) — who started at first base — promptly smacked a three-run homer to make it a 5-3 ballgame.
It was be the only hit of the contest for Wheeler. Hebron starting pitcher Maggie Lindeman (7-3) struck out nine in five innings, but was uncharacteristically wild, walking six and hitting a batter.
With the score 7-3 and one in, one on and nobody out in the top of the fifth, Kayla Aytes came in for Wheeler starter Robyn Coto (2-2).
When the smoke cleared that inning, 14 Hawks had come to the plate, collecting eight hits and scoring nine more runs to make it 16-3. The grand finale featured a grand slam by right fielder Katie Clemens who had doubled earlier and knocked in six runs for the game.
Also doing a lot of damage was catcher Shelby Yankauskas who went 4-for-4 at the plate with a couple of RBIs.
The Hawks are hot, winning every game they’ve played since edging Boone Grove in a 1-0 defensive gem on April 24.
“We got solid hitting from the top to the bottom of the order today,” Hebron coach Mike McLindon said. “That’s what it takes. These girls aren’t afraid to work. They spend extra time in the batting cage.
“Wheeler didn’t send its No. 1 pitcher out there today (Finch) — and we like to face everybody’s best — but I won’t take anything away from Katie’s (Clemens) homer; she hit it a country mile,” McLindon added.