CROWN POINT | Miranda Elish is one of Indiana's top softball players. Not bad for a freshman who went 17-1 for the Crown Point Bulldogs.
She is also a talented basketball player, who played 21 games for the varsity last year for C.P.
But something had to give with the time constraints both sports entail, so Elish is hanging up her high-top Nikes.
"I needed more time to focus on high school softball," Elish said. "We did really good but we didn't get as far as I wanted to. I want to win the state championship (in softball) next year."
The Bulldogs lost 2-0 against eventual Class 4A state champion Portage in the softball sectional semifinal.
Elish said the injury risk in basketball is much higher. She battled a tendon issue in her foot much of the basketball season, and the time needed to practice softball was cramped by the late nights home after a hoops game or a practice.
"It's tough to pitch and hit at 10 p.m. at night," said Elish, who has already verbally committed to play softball at Oregon. "This was a tough decision. I have a lot of friends on the basketball team, but I have to be able to train for softball."
Elish, though, plans on to pick up volleyball this fall. With less travel softball with the Chicago Bandits travel team in the autumn, the volleyball should not get in the way.
Elish said she is most likely done playing basketball, but said that you never know what could happen in the next three years of her high school career. She averaged 1.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in a little more than 10 minutes per game last season on the hard court.
"This was a tough decision, but I had to do what was best for me," Elish said.