VALPARAISO | Julia Schassburger gave Lake Central pitcher Lily Del Toro all the run support she needed with a run-scoring double in the second inning.
Schassburger’s double plated the first of seven Lake Central runs in the second.
That was more than enough as Del Toro tossed a three-hit shutout in the Times No. 1 Indians 13-0 five-inning win over Valparaiso in a Duneland Athletic Conference softball action Thursday.
Del Toro, who finished with 11 strikeouts, struck out six of the first seven Viking hitters she faced. She struck out Abbey Thomas with runners on first and third to end the third and halt Valparaiso’s best scoring threat.
“This was the best her changeup has looked this year,” Lake Central coach Jeff Sherman said. “She’s been working on it in practice, and it really showed because it looked as good as it had looked.”
Del Toro allowed three hits and did not walk a batter.
The first five hitters reached base for Lake Central (4-1, 2-0) in the top of the second. Schassburger’s double to left scored Laurren Ladwig.
“I was just trying to stay back and get my pitch,” Schassburger said.
A fielder’s choice off the bat of Lauren Gorczynski brought home Chrissy Addison, and Schassburger made it 3-0 on an overthrow.
“I was worried when we got here because we didn’t have the same demeanor that we’ve had last week or so,” Sherman said. “I thought we did a great job capitalizing on mistakes. We hit some balls really hard in timely situations.”
The Indians batted around in the second, and Ladwig’s second single of the frame made it 7-0. Lake Central scored seven runs in the inning on four hits and took advantage of five Viking errors.
Ladwig finished with three hits for the Indians, while Schassburger and Gorczynski each added two. Lizzie Seymour had a solo home run.
“We put that order together and we tell the girls we’re a dangerous lineup top to bottom,” Sherman said. “We’re going to make sure that we’re dangerous all the way No. 1 through No. 9. We got a lot of production from the bottom of the order.
Olivia Vinyard led Valparaiso (2-3, 1-1) with a double.