Softball: Carly Murphy leads Munster to shutout win
By JOHN O’MALLEY Post-Tribune correspondent April 8, 2013 9:56PM
Munster's Carly Murphy throws a pitch against Kankakee Valley during their game held at Munster High School on Monday April 8, 2013. Munster won the game while Murphy pitched a shutout. | Charles Mitchell~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 10, 2013 6:36AM
MUNSTER — It was still early in the game, yet Munster’s Carly Murphy wasn’t exactly pleased with the way she was pitching.
What’s not to like?
The righthander struck out 10, walked only one and took a three-hitter into the top of the seventh inning against Kankakee Valley in Monday’s Northwest Crossroads Conference game.
Even when the Kougars (5-1, 2-1) managed to load the bases on three singles with none out against Murphy (3-1), she never really flinched.
Murphy worked her way out of a potentially dangerous situation — with a big assist from Munster third baseman Katie Gloff.
Gloff made a huge unassisted double play following a rocket shot off the bat of KV’s Taurie Piatt.
After an error by Gloff on the ensuing at-bat, Murphy fanned the Kougars’ Lexi Eggert to end the game and preserve Munster’s 3-0 win.
“That (unassisted double play by Gloff) was a game-changer,’’ Munster coach Beth Thornburg said. “You have bases loaded and no outs and now you have two outs with the tying run at the plate and that’s a big difference.’’
Murphy received all the run support she needed in the first inning.
After Piatt (4-1) walked Sadie Conner, Taylor Michalski ripped a triple to center field with the hit-and-run on, giving the Mustangs (5-2, 2-0) a 1-0 lead.
Munster added unearned runs in both the second and third innings for a 3-0 Mustangs’ lead.
“Carly was frustrated early in the game and didn’t think she was pitching very well, but I thought she pitched very well,’’ Thornburg said.
KV had a couple of chances where it loaded the bases — leaving them full in the fourth inning as well — but just couldn’t capitalize.
“A ball a few inches more one way or another and we’re right there,’’ KV coach Brian Flynn said. “That was one of (Taurie’s) best swngs of the year, but it just happened to be at somebody. There’s nothing you can do about it.’’
The loss was Piatt’s first this season — after four straight wins.
“I thought she pitched pretty well,’’ Flynn said. “It’s a game of inches. Our kids realy gutted it out, though. They never quit. They always believe they can come back.’’
The Kougars played without regular starting outfielder Brianna Niemiec.
Madelynn Moore had two hits and an RBI to lead Munster, while Sydney Pumnea had two hits for Kankakee Valley