HOBART | Crown Point sophomore Ally Rock picked the appropriate time to bust out her new bat.
The Bulldogs backstop smashed a home run in the second inning, doubled in the third and drove in two to lead her team to a 10-3 opening nonconference win over Times No. 10 Hobart on Monday night.
"I'm not sure if it was my new bat, but I just didn't think too much at the plate," said Rock.
With the wind blowing in from right center field at about 11 miles per hour, Rock poked a pitch from Dana Claussen well over the left center field fence.
She was borderline shocked and couldn't explain how the big shot occurred.
"I don't know how it happened, to tell you the truth," she stated.
In her next at-bat, Rock ripped a double down the left field line in a four-run third for No. 6 Crown Point (1-0).
"Ally came off the bus swinging the bat," Crown Point coach Brett Crutchfield said. "We strung a few together when we needed to."
Even on a fielder's choice, she laced a hard ground ball to Hobart third baseman Brittany Probasco, who then stepped on third.
"I hit everything to the left side, but I just relaxed and tried to make contact," Rock said.
After allowing an opening-inning run to Hobart (0-1), junior pitcher Siena Gyure did the rest, allowing two runs over the last six innings.
"It was the first inning of the first game, so I think we were nervous," Crutchfield said. "We missed a couple spots and Hobart did a good job putting the bat on the ball, but we just have good players on both sides of the ball."