MUNSTER | Only the best will do for Crown Point’s Miranda Elish.
She wants it all this season, from an individual and team standpoint. So it’s no surprise she wasn’t happy at the opposing team scoring on Friday.
“I hated giving up that run,” she said after her Bulldogs rolled past Munster 15-1.
That lone run for the Mustangs in the fourth inning was the first Times No. 1 Crown Point (4-0) pitchers had given up so far this season.
“No one goes the whole season without giving up a run,” C.P. coach Ginger Britton said.
Sure, but that doesn’t mean Elish wasn’t trying. But that’s not all she wants to accomplish this season. It’s the reason she doesn’t let up no matter what the score.
“It’s definitely easier to pitch when your team gets out to a big lead, but I have goals I want to achieve so I can’t let my guard down or let the score get into my head,” Elish said.
What are those goals?
“First team all-state, first team all-area, state player of the year, Gatorade player of the year … but most of all, I want us to win a state title,” she answered confidently. “I want my senior teammates to go out with a title.”
Let that be a warning to the rest of the region — the whole state for that matter. When the Bulldogs get up on an opponent, they will be smelling blood, like on Friday.
Besides the stellar pitching (despite giving up a run) — Elish and Alexis Holloway combined for 11 strikeouts in just five innings — the offense was balanced. Eight of the nine hitters drove in at least one run, led by Abby Skura’s three RBI on two doubles.
“I was just trying to help us score some runs,” Skura said.
Holloway added two hits and two RBI, while Rachael Honaker had three hits and two runs scored.
“It’s important that everyone contributes on offense,” Britton said. “We did a good job of making contact at the plate from top to bottom.”
The Mustangs only had the one inning in which they made solid contact with Elish’s array of pitches. Taylor Kotzo got the first hit off Crown Point with one out, and Paige Kwasigroch drove her home with a double. What disturbed Munster coach Beth Thornburg the most was five errors leading to seven of the C.P. runs being unearned.
“You can’t give good teams extra outs,” she said. “They’re going to hit the ball and you still have to make the plays. There will be better days for us.”