CROWN POINT | Siena Gyure admitted to being in a little bit of a slump at the plate, but the Crown Point senior certainly picked a good time to break out of it and help propel the Times No. 6 Bulldogs to a 9-0 win over Michigan City.
Gyure hit a two-run double in the fourth inning, helping jump-start what would be a nine-run frame in which the Bulldogs (10-8, 8-5 DAC) sent 13 batters to the plate.
"I've just been working a little harder," Gyure said. "I'm just making sure I don't look at that last strike. It's not that I wasn't confident -- everybody goes through a slump. I just tried to get out of it the best that I can by working and practicing."
Crown Point coach Brett Crutchfield has been pleased with Gyure's increased poise at the plate lately.
"She's been hitting the ball really well lately," he said. "She's been on a little streak here. She's a powerful kid and she hits a lot of gaps. She got us started and it seemed to be contagious. She's a real even-keeled player. She just comes in, does the job she's asked to do and does it well."
On the mound, Gyure was also impressive, allowing just two hits in a complete game effort. Gyure allowed just three baserunners, as Michigan City's Sarah Brinckman reached on an error in the fifth inning.
Mainly a ground ball pitcher, Gyure relies on the defense behind her rather than overpowering hitters as she had only three strikeouts.
"She moves the ball around and hits her spots," Crutchfield said. "She does a good job with the pitches that she throws. If she puts it in the right spot, it doesn't have to travel 70 miles per hour. She trusts her defense and her defense plays well behind her."
Michigan City's Jameka Collins and Theresa Saenz had the only hits for the Wolves.