CROWN POINT | Crown Point's youth movement was on display Friday.
The Times No. 2 Bulldogs topped No. 3 Munster 2-0 behind the arm of freshman Miranda Elish and the bat of sophomore Rachael Honaker.
"I was so nervous (before the game)," Elish said. "But I knew if I came out on my game that we'd win."
It was Elish's first high school start and the ninth-grader tossed a seven-inning shutout with nine strike outs against a strong Mustang lineup. She's already verbally committed to play at Oregon.
"Everything was working," Elish said. "I threw quite a few bad change-ups, but it threw their eyes off and I'd come back and I'd hit my fastball or my rise."
The Bulldogs (3-1) had runners on base in every inning but finally pushed two across in the bottom of the sixth inning when Honaker doubled in a pair on a long fly ball that landed just short of the center field fence.
"It took us a few innings to get the ball out of the air and it took us a few innings to get the runners we did get on around," Bulldogs coach Ginger Britton said. "Honaker stepped up and drove two in and that's what we're looking for them to do."
Munster (4-2) loaded the bases with two outs in the fifth for Taylor Michalski, but the junior outfielder lined out to first base and the game remained scoreless.
"I thought the girls did a nice job of backing up Miranda in her first start," Britton said. "Miranda did nice job hitting her spots and (catcher) Ali (Rock) called a great game for her."
Munster's Carly Murphy matched Elish nearly pitch for pitch before Honaker's double. Murphy finished with four stikeouts over six innings.
"I think that's probably the best game (Murphy has) pitched all year," Munster coach Beth Thornburg said. "(Crown Point) is a good team, they're going to get some hits and you're not going to shut them down."
Munster rounded out a rough week in which it also played Lake Central and Andrean. The Mustangs won both of those games.
"At the beginning of the week, I thought with three tough teams, if we could go 2-1 I would be pretty pleased," Thornburg said. "Bottom line is, if you want to be a good team you have to beat the good teams."