Softball: Lake Central sweeps Portage, clinches second-place tie in the DAC
By John O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent May 9, 2013 11:26PM
Lake Central's LIzzie Seymour comes around on a RBI single down the third base line in the fourth inning giving Lake Central a 5-0 lead over Portage Thursday afternoon at Portage High School. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 11, 2013 4:38PM
PORTAGE — Lake Central coach Jeff Sherman had never won a game at Portage — nor had a single player on his roster.
The blue Indians, however, weren’t about to be denied in their quest to beat Portage in Thursday’s Duneland Athletic Conference game.
Junior shortstop Lizzie Seymour made sure LC accomplished the feat and swept the season series in the process.
The ultra-talented Seymour went 4-for-4 (all singles), drove in three runs and scored twice, leading LC (21-7, 11-3) to a 7-3 win over Portage (15-5, 10-4).
The win enabled LC to clinch a second-place tie in the DAC with Chesterton, which lost to league champ Crown Point on Thursday.
“My mindset coming in was, just to be aggressive, get base hits and then RBIs when we needed them,’’ said Seymour, who entered the game hitting .370.
“I had never won here (my two years) and it bothered me a lot. I wanted to get back.’’
Seymour most definitely did that. She hurt the red Indians with her bat — driving in a run with all her singles except the first one.
Seymour also hurt Portage with her glove — making several dazzling plays. She also had some mustard on a few throws to Abbey Rauch at first base to nip runners on bang-bang plays.
Not too shabby for a player who missed the entire basketball season with a serious back injury and didn’t play in her first softball game this spring until she returned for the Franklin Central Tournament, April 20th.
All Seymour did in that tourney was go 5-for-9. Earlier this week, she went 4-for-5 in a win over Valparaiso.
Sherman said Seymour was worn down quite a bit after the team played 12 games in 11 days. When the coach gave the team four days off, Seymour received the rest she needed.
“I wasn’t really in (game shape),’’ she said. “It’s crazy how when I got tired, it happened so much quicker than I thought. It was harder for me (to recover).’’
Portage coach Lisa Hayes said Seymour really hurt her team.
“She did that to us last year, too, but I don’t know if it was as quite as bad as it was today,’’ Hayes said. “It would have been nice to get her out at least once, but unfortunately, we couldn’t. We just didn’t play well today.’’
Sophomore Annabel Karberg pitched the first four innings and picked up her 12th win for LC. Her only mistake was a home run by Haley Hodges.
Junior Lily Del Toro pitched the last three innings for her third save.
“We talked to the girls after the game about not being disappointed with 11-3,’’ Sherman said. “We should be proud of it. The last two years we lost here, it was our only conference loss.’’