CEDAR LAKE | Ivy Dawson likes having the last word.
On Friday evening she was the last player off the field and the last one out of the complex. She also let her bat do some talking with four RBIs, including a three-run home run to break the game open, as Hanover Central beat visiting South Central 10-2 in potentially the last game between the two as Porter County Conference foes.
“Today we were using that excitement from having prom [tonight],” Dawson said. “On the home run, it was a little bit of wind that helped it. I thought it was a routine can of corn, but then it was gone.”
Dawson’s three-run shot to left-center put the Wildcats (6-5, 3-0) up 7-0, which was more than enough for ace Ashley Yoways.
Dawson drove in the game-winning run in a 2-1 win over Lowell Thursday.
“I hadn’t been hitting very well,” she said. “Now I’m more confident. I don’t pull my head out or dip my shoulder … most of the time.”
Dawson, who now has three homers this season, added an RBI double in the sixth.
“She’s been coming on lately,” Hanover coach Larry McMillen said. “They were fired up about (playing South Central for the last time) and wanted to make a statement, a last hurrah. We’re starting to make heads-up plays, good plays.”
Dawson’s home run capped a six-run second inning that included a two-run double by Shannon Davis and an RBI sacrifice bunt by Yoways.
Pinch-hitter McKenna Russell hit a solo home run to lead off the sixth, and Yoways doubled and scored before Dawson doubled Melissa Balkema home.
Yoways was perfect through the first eight hitters until a dropped third strike. She had a no-hitter with two outs in the sixth before Morgan Barnes doubled. Yoways had 13 strikeouts and two walks.
“I was just having a good day,” Yoways said. “Sometimes my arm just feels loose, and I throw great. Sometimes it’s not, and I throw a lot of high balls.”
South Central (5-5, 2-2) was outscored just 3-2 after the big second inning for Hanover. The Satellites scored without a hit after Taylor Johnson walked, stole second and came home on consecutive errors in the sixth. Pinch-hitter Barnes doubled with two outs left to break up the no-hitter and later scored in the seventh.
“When you dig yourself that big of a hole, especially against a good pitcher like that, that can’t happen,” S.C. coach Patrick Fuller said.