Rebels beat PM To Capture Softball County Title PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bob Kelly   
Tuesday, 07 May 2013 00:39

What a difference a year makes for the Roncalli softball team.

Last season, Roncalli head softball coach Dave Lauck watched his team fail to make plays in crucial situations, which resulted in several losses. This year, the Rebels have made big plays throughout the season and it was no different in the Marion County girls softball tournament as the Rebels defeated the Perry Meridian Falcons. The Rebels with a 23-1 record are ranked second in class 4A softball; Center Grove is ranked number 1.

Perry Meridian, the 2012 softball county defending champion, scored a run in the top of the first inning. They looked to do the same in the second after a double by lead off hitter junior Taylor Billerman, but three consecutive outs ended the scoring threat. In the third, its first two batters reached base before a walk loaded the bases. Billerman struck out swinging to end the scoring threat the inning for Perry Meridian.

Tides turns in third inning for the Rebels

The tide started to turn for Roncalli in the bottom of the third after a lead-off walk by junior shortstop Lauren Huebler followed by a bunt from junior Alyssa Schoettle. An errant relay throw to first base allowed Huebler to score, tying the game at one while Schoettle ended up on third base. Senior Kendra Lynch walked before senior Megan Prather had a sacrifice bunt to advance a runner from first to second base.

Junior Emily Prather beat out a throw at first base making the bases full of Rebels. Sophomore Megan Choinacky came up with perhaps her biggest hit of her young career when she clubbed a two-run single that gave the Rebels a 3-1 lead. Roncalli would add another run to take a 4-1 lead after three innings. At the end of the third, the Rebels scored four runs on two hits, and left three runners stranded on base.

Perry Meridian bounced right back in the top of the fourth with a single and an infield hit before junior Maggie MacBeth was hit by a pitch from Kendra Lynch to load the bases. A single by junior Sam Amos looked to put Perry Meridian in a position to threaten the Rebels, but a relay throw by sophomore Maddie Mulinaro forced an out at home plate, Perry Meridian lost any momentum and it chance to win a second straight title.

Hope Golden pitches home

The Falcons last scoring threat came in the top of sixth when their first three batters singled to load the bases, but Roncalli senior Hope Golden (who relieved Lynch on the mound) got Amos to pop up to end the inning as Perry Meridian left the bases loaded for the second time in the game. The Falcons left 11 runners stranded on base.

Golden finished off the game by recording two strikeouts to end the game and Roncalli captured only its second Marion County softball title in school history and its first since 2009. Lauck said he was nice to see his players make plays when it counted throughout the game.

"Perry Meridian is a very good team and it was just a matter of us being able to make plays," Lauck said. "Our pitching and defense was very good and we have been able to play like that all year."

"Last year, we lost close games to Lutheran, Perry Meridian and New Palestine," Lauck said. "This year, we have a lot of players who returned from last year's team and they have turned the outcome to wins against these teams for us this year." I am very proud of the girls and they were able to stay calm and make plays."

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1955 - Forrest Albertson is named MVP for Sacred Heart for the the week by the Kiwanis Club.

1965 - Harold Quiesser scores TD as Chatarnd beats Pike 19-0 in football action.

1975 - Franklin Central gets past Rebels 15-12, 8-15, 15-10 in girls volleyball match.

1985 - Rebels finish second in a three-way boys cross country meet.

1995 - Roncalli downs Beech Grove 15-10, 15-10 in girls volleyball action.

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