Miranda Elish struck out eight in four innings, combining with Alexis Holloway on a four-hitter, as the Times No. 1 Crown Point softball team blanked Valparaiso 5-0 on Friday.
Holloway had two hits for the Bulldogs, while Abby Skura was 2-for-3 with a double and a run.
Chesterton 10, Merrillville 6: Sydney Cooley had two home runs and three RBIs to lead the Trojans past the Pirates in DAC play. Jill Bohnert added a double, home run and three RBIs. Brittany Milzarek had five strikeouts over 4 2/3 innings to pick up the win. She added a double. Alexis King also doubled.
Lake Central 7, LaPorte 2: Lizzie Seymour had a double, home run and two RBIs to lead the No. 9 Indians (10-6, 4-3) over the No. 10 Slicers in DAC play. Lily Del Toro (6-3) allowed three hits and had five strikeouts over six innings.
Hobart 12, Clark 2 (6 inn.): Maddy Adams hit two doubles and a triple and drove in two runs to help lead the Brickies (6-7) to a win. Hobart also picked up doubles from Hannah Wilson and Brianna Kraft.
Valarie Ruiz led the Pioneers with a homer in the sixth inning.
Portage 12, Michigan City 1 (5 inn.): Kaitlin Doud had a home run, two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored, as the Times No. 3 Indians (11-3, 6-1) crushed the Wolves in Duneland Athletic Conference play. Annabelle Karagias added a two-run home run, double and three RBIs, and Kiley Jones, Dalton Minor (two RBIs, two runs) and Haley Perez tripled.
LaCrosse 7, Westville 6: The host Tigers scored four times in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge the Blackhawks in Porter County Conference play.
Rebecca Polchlopek and Michaela Shrader each doubled for Westville.
South Central 10, Kouts 4: Sarah Denham had two doubles, an RBI and a run scored, helping the Satellites (7-2, 3-0) defeat the Fillies (3-4, 0-3) in PCC play. Madi Walter was 3-for-3 with two runs scored, and Riley Popplewell was 2-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored.
Kay Christy was 1-for-2 with a double and run scored for Kouts. Jayla Crump was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Hobart 22, Gavit 0: Brandon Barnes and Braden Niksich combined to throw a five-inning one-hitter as the Brickies (11-2) blanked the Gladiators (0-8). Murray was 3-for-3 and was a double short of hitting for the cycle. He had four RBIs. Alex Batistatos was 3-for-3.
Chesterton 14, Merrillville 4: Cole Teal hit a homer and drove in two runs to help the Trojans to a road DAC win. Mat Kubacki picked up the win with six strikeouts. Andrew Ralph hit two doubles, going 3-for-4.
Thomas Butler drove in two runs with a triple for Merrillville.
Munster 7, Morton 6 (9 inn.): Tom Decero hit a two-out triple in the seventh inning to force extras, and Alex Del Rio knocked a walk-off homer in the ninth for the victory. The Mustangs (12-2) fell behind 6-0 after four innings, and scored four runs in the seventh to tie the game.
Cody Earl hit two home runs for Morton and struck out 10 in seven innings on the mound.
Joe Bryant added a homer for Munster.
South Central 11, Kouts 10: The Satellites (4-6, 2-1) held off a furious six-run, seventh-inning rally by the host Mustangs (3-4, 0-2) to hang on for a PCC win. South Central took advantage of seven Kouts errors to build a 11-4 lead. Noah Eaton was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Kyle Sturdy added a triple, and Logan Lionberger doubled.
Dylan Bruce had three hits for Kouts, including a three-run homer in the seventh. Jake Moore was 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI; Max Everaert was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and two runs scored, and Jake Everaert was 3-for-3 with a double and RBI.
Washington Township 10, Morgan Township 3: Jake Goodan and Bryce Collins each had two hits and scattered six hits between them on the mound to lead the Senators (5-4, 2-1 PCC) over the Cherokees (6-4, 1-1).
Morgan pitchers issued 11 walks. Jake Koselke was 2-for-3.
Lake Central 5, Griffith 0: Navneet Kaur and Jory Swider didn't sacrifice a game as they won at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively, for the Indians.
Hobart 4, Boone Grove 1: Geena Lammertin didn't drop a game en route to her win at No. 1 singles, leading the Brickies over the Wolves.
Ruby Mioduski picked up Boone Grove's lone point with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 win at No. 3 singles.
Lowell 192, Griffith 211: Jareed Cottingham's 44 led Lowell to its first Northwest Crossroads Conference win of the season.
Brian Bryzcki was the medalist with a 39 for Griffith, which lost on the Par 36 back nine at Scherwood.
Munster 168, Highland 190: Kyle Wikinson and Matt Specht tied for medalist honors by both carding nine-hole scores of 40 for Munster (4-1, 1-0) at Centennial Park.
Tayler Peters shot a 44 to pace Highland (1-4, 1-1).
Morton hires '07 grad to take over program: Ashley Howard took what she learned as a Morton volleyball player and became one of the nation's top blockers while at Indiana Northwest.
Since graduating as a RedHawk, Howard has remained a part of the Governors' program as the freshman coach, but this week took a promotion. She has been named the team's head coach, replacing Anna Raczka.
"I want to keep the tradition going and build a program that everyone can be proud of," Howard said.
Raczka replaced long-time coach Marie Herring in 2009.
"When Coach Herring was running the program, she did wonderful things with it. When she decided to leave, everyone wondered 'what's going to happen?'" Howard said. "Coach Anna Boyle, now Raczka, came in, and she was amazing. There wasn't this downfall."
Howard, who works at CBS radio in Chicago, said that being a graduate of the school will help her keep the program's tradition intact.
"I think it helps that they know that I've been there," Howard said. "Some of the teachers that are still in the building were there when I was there. That just creates a sense of family in a way."
Hebron needs a coach: Hebron has a vacancy for a girls volleyball coach. Interested individuals should contact athletic director Rhonda Walker at (219) 996-4771, ext. 123, or firstname.lastname@example.org.