Softball: Bailey Mores, Miranda Elish pave way for unbeaten Crown Point
ST. JOHN — It was a classic showdown between two athletes who pitched their hearts out.
In this Duneland Athletic Conference matchup, Crown Point ace Miranda Elish and the Bulldogs were just a tad better than Annabel Karberg and the Lake Central Indians on Monday. With the win the Bulldogs clinched a share of the DAC title.
The Bulldogs (20-0, 12-0) emerged with a 1-0 win over LC (16-8, 8-4) by capitalizing on Bailey Mores’ leadoff double and her aggressive baserunning to score the game’s only run with one out in the top of the fifth inning.
Elish was her normally dazzling self — allowing only three singles (one a bunt) while striking out 10 and going the distance for her 17th win without a loss.
“Miranda had really nice composure today,’’ CP coach Ginger Britton said. “She was hitting her spots really well and she picked her team up like they do with her often. She turned around and did it today, and that’s great leadership.’’
Karberg, meanwhile, fanned nine and allowed only four hits, but suffered another tough loss.
Elish definitely battled to earn the win by escaping a real jam in the LC fourth.
A leadoff single by Lizzie Seymour and a couple of questionable mental decisions by CP on ground balls, resulted in a bases-loaded situation with one out for the Indians.
Elish, though, never flinched, retiring Alex Hickey and Chrissy Addison to end the inning.
“Right then, I thought we need to get two outs,’’ Elish said. “That’s what was stuck in my mind — No one can score. I just had to do my thing. I knew no matter if the ball was put in play, the team would have my back.’’
Lake Central coach Jeff Sherman said it was a missed opportunity.
“I kind of thought: ‘Ooh, this is one of those momentum-shifters, right there, and sure enough, they got a run in the top of the fifth,’’ he said.
Mores created the run when she aggressively headed for third following a dropped third strike on Ally Rock.
The Indians’ Hickey hesitated a bit before throwing from first base to third, but the ball sailed over Seymour’s head, allowing Mores to score.
“You always want to put pressure on the defense to see what will happen, and in that case, I got lucky and I’m glad, because that helped,’’ Mores smiled. “It was a difficult situation, and I probably shouldn’t have gone as far as I did, but I was being aggressive. That’s what you’ve got to do to try and win games, especially close games like that. It’s always good to take chances. If you don’t, then things won’t happen.’’