Local Sports

May 24, 2013

SOFTBALL: Kings repeat

Cass knocks off No. 5 North Miami in sectional championship game

WALTON — For the second straight year North Miami brought a highly ranked and highly accomplished softball team to face Lewis Cass for the sectional championship.

And for the second straight year the Kings came out on top.

The Kings once again collected sectional hardware, outplaying the No 5-ranked Warriors in a 7-1 win on Thursday in the Class 2A Cass Sectional final.

“We’ve been telling the girls all season long that they’re very capable of making it far in this tournament,” first-year Cass coach Jennifer (Berlet) Scott said. “It’s nice to see them finally jumping on the bandwagon and pulling it all together in the tournament.”

The Kings (16-12) will travel to Carroll for a regional game at 7 p.m. Tuesday night. North Miami finishes 20-3.

For the second straight year Cass right-hander Charlie Nolen shut down a high-octane Warrior attack. She shut them out in last year’s 1-0 win, and on Thursday she held them to one run on just three hits.

The lone run came in the fifth inning when North Miami freshman Josie Knauff hit a solo home run to center. Knauff had two of the Warriors’ three hits in the game, the other being a bunt single by Bailey Briggs.

But the Kings had built a 4-0 lead when Knauff homered, and they answered with three more runs in the top of the sixth.

North Miami features star sophomore Josie Wood, who has already verbally committed to pitch at IU. But the Kings put pressure on North Miami’s young defense all game, and the defense buckled.

And for the second straight year, Emilee McCoy may have had the biggest hit of the game. Last year she delivered the game-winning hit with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. This season she got the Kings on the board first with an RBI single after both pitchers appeared nearly unhittable through the first two innings.

Ashton McClain walked and advanced to second to set up McCoy’s hard-hit single past the shortstop to give the Kings a 1-0 lead in the third inning.

The Warriors let a good opportunity slip away in the bottom of the third when they loaded the bases with two outs with Wood up to bat. But Nolen jammed her on the first pitch and induced a weak ground out to first. Wood might get a chance to hit at IU and entered the game with a .577 batting average.

North Miami’s defense started to falter in the fifth inning. Brittany Cunningham reached on an infield single and McCoy followed with a bunt single to put runners on. Then consecutive passed balls allowed Cunningham to score. Alexa Humerickhouse followed with an RBI single and later scored on a wild pitch following a North Miami error to make it 4-0.

The Kings added three more runs in the sixth. McClain and Cunningham reached on consecutive errors. McCoy then laid down a successful squeeze bunt and reached first after the late throw home. Megan Carden then followed with a line drive double off the fence in left center that scored two more runs to make it 7-1.

“We came out confident and we just kind of hung in there and did our best,” Carden said. “We put a lot of pressure on their defense.

“We had a lot of our hitters who hadn’t been hitting step up to the plate tonight and pick everyone up.”

Wood allowed seven runs (one earned) on seven hits and three walks, striking out seven.

“She’s a good pitcher, but I think we got under her skin tonight,” Carden said. “We just had a good hitting game.”

The Warriors didn’t help themselves by committing five errors and allowing several passed balls to boot.

“We just weren’t mentally prepared enough to execute at times,” North Miami coach Rob Cooley said. “I don’t know whether to attribute that to there are some freshmen on the team.”

Cooley also credited the Kings.

“They’re a speed team. If you have any flaws in your infield they’ll show it to you,” he said. “They put us in a position to do things we hadn’t all year. That, and we weren’t patient enough against Nolen, which we weren’t last year.”

Nolen walked just one and fanned 10 in pitching a three-hitter. She had a slow start to the season due to a shoulder injury but has been stellar in two tournament wins.

“I kept thinking positive again and went through all my pitches in my head before the game and I really felt confident in myself and in my team with the way they’ve been hitting,” she said. “I knew it was going to be tough, but I definitely came out with my A game and just trusted everything and it worked out.”

McCoy was a one-player wrecking crew, for the Kings finishing 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Cheyenne Dittmaier and Kassi Zeck added base hits for the Kings. Second baseman Meghan Hall made a great running catch to end the fourth inning, and the Kings didn’t make a single error in the contest.

The game was played in a 41-degree wind chill in late May. But the cold weather didn’t bother the red-hot Kings.

“We’re definitely on fire,” Nolen said.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • SPT-PT041814 LHS Tennis.jpg Logan tops Lewis Cass in early season tennis match Logansport's girls tennis team defeated rival Lewis Cass 4-1 Thursday in Walton. The Berries improved to 2-1 on the young season while the Kings dropped to 0-1. Whitney Jennings defeated Gabi Hartley 6-0, 6-0 at No. 1 singles, Brooke Bullard defeated

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • No. 7 Lewis Cass baseball falls at HN, 3-2 Lewis Cass' baseball team suffered its first setback of the season with a 3-2 loss at Huntington North on Thursday. Kyle Dwiggins hit a two-run home run for the Class 2A No. 7 Kings (3-1) in the fourth inning. He later doubled. But the Vikings scored

    April 18, 2014

  • SPT-PT041714 - phs AOW Kayte Miller.jpg Miller looking for one more big season for the Panthers Pioneer senior Kayte Miller has enjoyed a lot of success in volleyball and softball during her four-year career. Miller has one more season of softball this spring with the Panthers before she will play the sport at Ancilla College next year. Miller

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT-PT041714 - lhs baseball.jpg Logan baseball wins at Taylor, moves to 4-1 Logansport's baseball team held off a late Taylor rally for a 13-9 win Wednesday in Kokomo. The Berries (4-1) were one out away from winning by 10-run rule in the fifth inning before the Titans (1-1) extended the game with two runs to make it a 13-4

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs, April 17 Logansport to honor Jennings on May 16 The Berry Boosters and Logansport High School are having a community celebration to honor and recognize the 2014 Indiana Miss Basketball, Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year and Parade All-American Whitney Jenni

    April 17, 2014

  • SPT-PT041614 - Nate Champion.jpg Champion caps Le Moyne career with run to NCAA Tourney

    For Nate Champion reaching the NCAA Tournament was always a major goal at Division-II Le Moyne University. Champion and the Dolphins reached that goal this season during his senior year. Champion said that when he and 6-foot-11 big man Jim Janson ent

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sports briefs for Wednesday, April 16 Lewis Cass senior point guard Maci Maupin will continue her basketball career at the next level.

    April 16, 2014

  • SPL - PT041614 - Tom Lindley column - Lindley column sig We're all still watching Wildcats' Calipari After winning a big case and accepting compliments from his fellow attorneys, the man thanked his colleagues and responded that he really would have liked to represent the opposition. “I think I could have won arguing their side, too,” he told them.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • Logan AD Fisher to retire Logansport athletic director Greg Fisher’s retirement request was approved by the Logansport Community School Corporation school board Monday.

    April 15, 2014

  • Sports briefs for Tuesday, April 15 Monday's inclement weather meant led to postponements of scheduled sporting events.

    April 15, 2014

Featured Ads
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
AP Video
Obama Hopeful on Ukraine, Will Watch Russians Flamingo Frenzy Ahead of Zoo Construction Crew Criticized Over Handling of Ferry Disaster Agreement Reached to Calm Ukraine Tensions Raw: Pope Francis Performs Pre-easter Ritual Raw: Bulgarian Monastery Dyes 5000 Easter Eggs Diplomats Reach Deal to Ease Tensions in Ukraine U.S. Sending Nonlethal Aid to Ukraine Military Holder: Americans Stand With KC Mourners Obama Greets Wounded Warriors Malaysia Plane: Ocean Floor Images 'Very Clear' Sparks Fly With Derulo and Jordin on New Album Franco Leads Star-studded Broadway Cast Raw: Two Lucky Kids Get Ride in Popemobile Boston Bombing Survivors One Year Later Sister of Slain MIT Officer Reflects on Bombing

Should e-cigarette marketing be regulated like tobacco?

     View Results

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.