North Central explodes in second to blank Lady Wolverines 13-0
SWITZ CITY -- North Central used a big second inning Thursday evening to blank host White River Valley 13-0 in softball.
The Lady Thunderbirds (9-5, 2-1 in Southwest Indiana Athletic Conference play) exploded for eight runs in the second inning to turn a 1-0 game into a 9-0 rout. Kassey Norton and Morgan Manning hit doubles while Hannah Simmons and Hailey Salyer drove in runs with sacrifice flies. The visitors also slapped five singles and drew two walks.
“I don’t know,” WRV coach Brock Hostetter said. “We’re in a funk right now, I guess.”
He said the Lady Wolverines (5-7, 0-2) played solid D; the visitors just did a good job of hitting the ball into the gaps. At least four singles by North Central seemed to just scoot past a diving Claire Hostetter’s glove at shortstop.
“We could have gotten them,” coach Hostetter said, “we could have gotten out of innings quicker.”
He noted the Lady Wolverines miss Kassi Morrison who “tweaked” her knee last Friday in a doubleheader against Union. Hostetter said Morrison, who usually starts on the mound for WRV, should come back next week.
“That just threw a wrench in everything,” he said. “We’ve got to move everybody around.”
WRV’s best chance to score came in the first inning when the Lady Wolverines loaded the bases with two outs. Katie Eddy and Audrey Richard both reached on infield singles and Kyra Frye was hit by a pitch. Winning pitcher Erika Shroyer retired the next batter.
“We didn’t get anything out of it,” Hostetter said.
Frye drew a walk and Ruby Hamil singled to center to give WRV runners at first and second with one out in the fourth. However, the Lady Thunderbirds turned a double play when Sydney Davidson flied out to center and the outfielder threw to second for a force play.
“We just struggled at the plate,” Hostetter said. “We left a lot of runners on base.”
WRV will travel to Bloomfield at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
N. Central 182 11 -- 13
WRV 000 00 -- 0
E. Shroyer and H. Shroyer; Hamil and Eddy. W -- E. Shroyer. L -- Hamil. 2B -- Manning (NC), Norton (NC), Salyer (NC). SF -- Salyer (NC), Simmons (NC). DP -- North Central 1.