Softball: Bulldogs solve Lowell’s Brandi Faverty
By JOhn O’Malley Post-Tribune correspondent May 15, 2013 11:24PM
Crown Point's Courtney Holm connects on a one out double in the sixth inning against Lowell Wednesday afternoon at Crown Point. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 18, 2013 7:54AM
CROWN POINT — Lowell’s Brandi Faverty was flirting with a no-hitter for 51/3 innings, but Bailey Mores and her Crown Point teammates never flinched.
“We knew we had to start hitting, but we stayed up, we were positive and still confident,” said Mores, who ripped a key two-run single during a six-run, sixth-inning uprising in the Bulldogs’ 6-0 win over the Red Devils (13-12) on Wednesday.
Even though the Red Devils ace was fooling CP with her effective drop ball, Mores said the Dogs made the adjustments necessary to finally break through.
Crown Point (23-4) sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth, giving seniors Mandey Shrader, Kendall Mores, Siena Gyure, Courtney Holm and Danielle Page, a senior night to remember.
“We needed to win it for them,” Mores said. “It felt good.”
Mores said the Dogs were confident they could eventually solve Faverty, who held CP without a hit until Holm drilled a one-out single in the sixth.
“We needed to be more patient on the low pitches and drop balls, the strikes right down the middle, and the ones we could hit well,” Bailey Mores said. “At first, we were all ahead of it.”
Amanda Rock also had a two-run single in the sixth, while Rachael Honaker was hit by a Faverty pitch, forcing in CP’s first run.
Gyure, who had pitched 17 innings since Saturday, started the game and breezed through three innings. She fanned four and allowed only a single to Ali Charters — before freshman phenom Miranda Elish (14-0) took over in the fourth and finished the game.
Elish allowed only one single (also to Charters) while fanning six.
“Miranda and I work together pretty well,” Gyure said. “We both like to work ahead of the batters. I think our speed and movement really throws them off. I think it’s a nice combination.”
Elish, faster than Gyure, gives opponents a different look in the circle.
“Miranda did a nice job of hitting her corners,” CP coach Ginger Britton said. “She kept them off-balance and kept their hits to the corners, where we had players (to make plays).”
Lowell coach Pete Iussig was impressed with Elish’s performance.
“I thought we took some good cuts against her,” he said. “She changes up the speeds well. When she changes speeds, it’s tough. I wouldn’t want to be up there batting. I would say she’s one of the best pitchers we’ve faced.”
Britton saluted her five seniors following a 20-minute postgame ceremony.
“It’s really nice for them,” she said. “This senior class has made such a large contribution in terms of their leadership and their performance on and off the field.”