Softball: Hebron beats Boone Grove to win PCC title
By Terry Turner Post-Tribune correspondent May 11, 2013 11:10PM
Hebron's Maggie Lindeman heads to home plate after she hit a 3 run homer, however she failed to tag 3rd giving Hebron a single run and a 2-0 lead at the PCC Championship in LaCrosse on Saturday, May 11, 2013. | Jim Karczewski~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 13, 2013 7:33PM
LACROSSE — When two runs of a first-inning grand slam by Hebron’s Maggie Lindeman were nullified by a base-running mistake, the junior pitcher just went back to work in the circle. She was confident that her team would help her win the Porter County Conference tourney championship game against Boone Grove. The Hawks did just that with a 4-2 victory.
The Wolves tied the game 2-2 in the third inning on a single, bunt single, two bunt sacrifices, and a two-RBI base hit by Hannah Golwitzer.
Senior shortstop Kyle Doelling gave her pitcher the lead back for good in the bottom of the fourth, powering a two-run homer into the left-field corner.
Doelling said that she just had to be patient for the pitch she wanted.
“The home run felt good, the whole game I was ahead of everything, I had to wait, hold back,” she said. “I knew she (Boone pitcher Amanda Howrot) was coming to me. I was seeing the ball really well today.”
“Kyle is a great player,” Hebron coach Mike McLindon said. “She can hit the ball a ton.”
Doelling, the Hawks’ (15-3) leadoff hitter, also was one of the two runners scoring in the first inning.
McLindon said he was pleased with how his team responded to the mistake in the first inning, when the runner ahead of Lindeman missed second base and was subsequently called out for the third out of the inning.
“They’ve gone all out, they could have been down or upset,” he said. “The PCC always has been a goal for my seniors. It’s not an easy task. When we got here today, the championship was on our minds”.
Lindeman was strong all afternoon, striking out six, including two of the last three outs in the seventh, while walking just the Wolves (14-6) leadoff batter, and allowing just those three third-inning hits.
Wolves coach Ron Saunders said that the four-man umpiring crew helped out on the base-running call.
“I was glad I was watching, if we’d have had two umpires they probably wouldn’t have seen it,” he said.