The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Sports

April 30, 2013

Ravens rock and sock Lions

AU sweeps doubleheader in regular season finale

ANDERSON, Ind. — The Anderson University softball team hoped to send a message with Tuesday’s season-ending doubleheader against Mount St. Joseph’s.

Consider it delivered.

The two-time defending Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament champions will head to Manchester as the No. 2 seed in this year’s event beginning Friday. Judging by the Ravens’ offensive fireworks in 9-6 and 10-2 victories against the Lions, they still might be the team to beat.

“We just need to work on our consistency,” said Amy Wuestefeld, one of seven seniors who made their final home appearance Tuesday. “It was huge for us just to get our stuff together.”

AU won with a familiar formula, jumping ahead with big hits early and trusting timely hitting to hold on to the advantage.

Senior Natalie Moorhouse got things started in the second inning of a Game 1, igniting a seven-run outburst with a grand slam to straightaway center field. The Ravens added three more runs in the frame on a wild pitch, an RBI groundout and one of four Lions’ errors.

AU stretched the lead to 9-2 in the fifth on an RBI single by Lys Hess, who later scored the second run on a wild pitch, but left the bases loaded with a chance to end the game by the eight-run mercy rule.

Given new life, Mount St. Joseph’s scored once in the sixth and rallied for three runs in the seventh. The Lions brought the tying run to the plate five times in the final inning but ultimately left runners on first and second when reliever Devin Moorman coaxed a sacrifice fly and a popout to end the game.

Sami Frazier allowed two runs on five hits in the first five innings to pick up the win.

“We wanted to keep our starting lineup intact,” head coach Tony Holloway said. “But it was also important to make sure we got everybody a little bit of playing time today. You don’t know who you’re going to need when you get to the tournament. You don’t know what will happen.”

It turned out about all the Ravens needed in Game 2 was senior Megan Ream.

Her three-run homer over the right field fence broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the first inning, and she added an RBI double in the third to finish 2-for-3 with four RBIs.

“It was important because how we played today was going to influence our attitude going into the tournament,” Ream said. “We needed to kind of wake our bats up and have them ready to face Bluffton (in the first round on Friday).”

Slumbering bats were not a problem against Mount St. Joseph’s.

The Ravens scored twice in the third and once in the fourth to take a comfortable 7-2 lead.

Pinch-hitting Sami Frazier started a three-run rally with two outs in the fifth inning with a home run off a tree just beyond the center field fence. Two pitchers earlier Frazier hit an even longer foul ball that threatened the neighboring yards well out of play in left field.

Nichole Frazier followed with a double, and Samantha Steele’s RBI single made it 9-2.

Steele advanced to second on a throwing error and moved to third on a wild pitch with Moorman at the plate. Wuestefeld, whose .495 batting average is just one point lower than the school record set by Jamie Lawson in 2005, initially came out in the on-deck circle.

But she was replaced by pinch-hitter Katie McCool before Moorman drew a full-count walk.

Holloway said after the game he didn’t realize Wuestefeld was so close to history. He also said it wouldn’t have mattered.

If the Batesville native had known she could pass Lawson with a hit, she still would have sat for a pinch-hitter if Holloway believed that would best help the team.

“The most important thing for her was the team winning,” Holloway said. “She’s had a remarkable season.”

The move made little difference as Steele scored the 10th run on a wild pitch just three pitches into McCool’s at-bat, ending the game because of the mercy rule.

Wuestefeld, who was 3-for-3 in the first game and 0-for-2 in the second, still will have a chance to set the record during the conference tournament.

“If you look at (her 51 hits), probably half of them are just bunts that landed in the right spot,” she said. “I’m lucky God gave me quick feet.”

The games also served a higher purpose Tuesday. Both teams wore special uniforms in an effort to “Throw Out the Silence on Domestic Violence.” Money raised during the doubleheader was donated to Alternatives Inc., the local domestic violence shelter.

Alternatives CEO Mary Jo Lee threw out the first pitch, and children from the shelter were on hand and took photos with the AU players between games.

1
Text Only
Sports
  • SPT - HB0417 - Nick Muller - 05 Bulldogs, Indians impress in openers Lapel and Anderson have very different histories in the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament.

    April 16, 2014 5 Photos

  • SPT - HB0417 - Pendleton v Mad Grant 2 Eagles, Arabians move to second round Frankton got off to an uneven start, falling behind 4-3 and 6-4, but rallied for a 14-6 triumph over Alexandria in the first round of the Madison County Softball Tournament here Wednesday. In the second contest, Pendleton Heights topped Madison-Grant 2-1 in a game where both runs and hits were at a premium.

    April 16, 2014 3 Photos

  • Rick Bramwell: Improving weather should aid morels When I looked at my wilted daffodils Tuesday morning, I knew this would be a setback for morels. The long-range forecast through April 29 calls for near normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. This is good news for the blacks and grays.

    April 16, 2014

  • SPL - PT041014 - Ken de la Bastide column - Ken sig Ken de la Bastide: Hunter-Reay's blunder proves costly A lack of patience cost Ryan Hunter-Reay and teammate James Hinchcliffe a chance at victory last weekend in the Verizon IndyCar Series race at Long Beach.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • SPT - HB0416 - tennis file - 14 Many girls tennis teams return top talent With spring sports getting off to a good start thanks to some spring-like weather last week, local girls tennis teams are taking to the court.

    April 15, 2014 1 Photo

  • Wild week will get later start The busiest week on Madison County's high school sports calendar is going to start a day later than expected.

    April 14, 2014

  • Familiar trio leads boys track teams Much like in years past, Anderson, Lapel and Pendleton Heights have assembled the largest number of track athletes of the area’s 11 high schools. And, while the remaining teams may struggle to compete from a team standpoint, they will send capable athletes to the line to challenge in individual events.

    April 14, 2014

  • New roles, same goals for Arabians

    Perhaps the most remarkable fact about the first 13 years of the Nick Muller Memorial Baseball Tournament is that no team has repeated as champion.

    April 14, 2014

  • Track stars prepare for numbers game

    Track is a numbers game, not just with times and distances, but with roster sizes as well. Smaller schools often abandon the philosophy of competing for team titles when running against larger schools with nearly double the number of athletes. Instea

    April 14, 2014

  • SPT - HB0413 - Horseshoe Classic - 163 Arabians finish third in Horseshoe Classic It wasn't the place they wanted to be playing for, but the Pendleton Heights Arabians won their final game of the day to finish third in the Horseshoe Classic here Saturday.

    April 12, 2014 3 Photos