Lady Wolverines win another one-run game

Monday, April 16, 2007

JASONVILLE -- White River Valley softball coach Ruan Fougerousse should be used to one-run games by now. The Lady Wolverines played their fifth consecutive nail-biter, pulling out a 1-0 Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference over Shakamak in Jasonville Friday night .

"It was another thriller," said Fougerousse. "We don't have the capacity to score a lot of runs, so I am afraid we are probably going to play a lot more games like this."

Fougerousse said their defense was the difference as they committed just one error.

"Shakamak hit the ball really hard," said Fougerousse, whose Lady Wolverines improved to 4-1 overall, 1-0 in the SWIAC. "They got runners to third base in a couple of innings, but we were able to come up with a defensive play or a strikeout when we needed it.

"WRV has not really been known for good defense in the past. But this team has really shown a lot of improvement in the field. I really think our defense was the main reason for this win. This was a total team effort."

WRV got all the offense they needed when freshman pitcher Stephanie Fougerousse hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.

"They walked Stephanie the first time up," said Ruan, Stephanie's mother. "They pitched to her in the fourth and she hit the ball over the fence in left center field.

"Obviously that was a big hit for us. But we still don't win this game without our play in the field."

Fougerousse struck out five, walked one and hit one batter.

"Stephanie did not throw the ball very hard because of her sore arm," said Ruan. "But she throws five pitches and was able to keep them off stride.

"Shakamak had the tying run on third base with one out in the seventh. Steph struck out the next two batters to end the game."

DeLaney Sanders had a double and Rachel Mowery singled to account for the other two hits off of Shakamak pitcher Heather Gilbert.

The right-hander finished with 12 strikeouts and two walks.

"Shakamak hit the ball much better than we did," said Fougerousse. "Heather threw a good ball game."

Annie Strahla had a triple for the Lady Lakers, who slipped to 1-5, 0-2 in the SWIAC.

Amanda Gilbert, Casey Fougerousse and Brandi Ashcraft had the other Shakamak hits.

"Steph settle down and got in a groove as the game went on," said Ruan. "But the turning point in the game came in the third inning.

"They had runners on first and third and hit a line drive up the middle. Kaci (Fulk) was only in position to make the play because she was covering the bag at second. She was able to double the runner off of first. If we don't make that play, they score a run and still have two runners on base with one out. I was really proud of our defense."

Shakamak will host West Vigo today and Turkey Run Tuesday. The Lady Lakers will play at Sullivan Thursday before playing at Hutsonville, Ill. Friday.

WRV will host Clay City Monday, North Central Thursday and Edgewood Friday in a make-up game.

"This will be a very tough week for us," said Fougerousse. "Clay City has been playing well and have a good freshman pitcher.

"North Central went to the state finals last year and still has a good team. Edgewood also will be a tough test for us."

White River Valley. .000 100 0 -- 1 3 1

Shakmaak. . . . . . . . 000 000 0 -- 0 4 1

Fougerousse and Kail; H. Gilbert and Baker. W -- Fougerousse, 4-1. L -- H. Gilbert, 1-4. 2B -- Sanders (W). 3B -- Strahla (S). HR -- Fougerousse (S).

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