LACROSSE | Hebron’s Kyle Doelling heeded the batting advice from her coaches and came through in a big way for the Hawks.
Doelling hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning that scored the winning runs of Hebron’s 4-2 victory over Boone Grove in the championship game of Porter County Conference Softball Tournament on Saturday afternoon.
The win marked the third-straight conference t ournament championship for the Hawks.
Doelling drilled the second pitch of the at bat from Amanda Hawrot over the fence in left field to snap a 2-2 tie and put the Times No. 10 Hawks ahead.
“The whole game, I was ahead of everything, and (the coaches) told me to wait back, so I finally waited back, and home run over the fence,” Doelling said.
Doelling, who also walked and scored in the first inning, had a pair of hits and two runs.
“Teams try to work around her, and her hands are so fast that we keep telling her to wait back, and she finally did on that one,” Hebron coach Mike McLindon said.
Maggie Lindeman made Doelling’s home run stand up with her pitching performance. She allowed three hits and struck out six. After giving up a single to Hannah Golwitzer to tie the game in the third inning, Lindeman retired the final 13 Boone Grove batters.
“She was absolutely amazing, and that’s the way she’s been all year,” McLindon said. “She’s dialed in right now. She’s our horse.”
Lindeman appeared to give Hebron (15-3) a 4-0 lead in the first inning with a three-run home run. She was only given credit for a double as runner Hailey Hernandez missed third base and was called out, forcing the Hawks to settle for a 2-0 lead.
“I was glad I was watching that and glad that we had four umpires today,” Boone Grove coach Ron Saunders said.
The Wolves (14-6) tied the game with two runs in the third. Hawrot hit an RBI squeeze bunt, and Golwitzer drove home the tying run with a single to left.
Rachel Pauer and Bri Spicer each had two hits for Hebron.
The Hawks reached the championship game with a 7-1 win over Kouts in the semifinals. Katie Clemens and Lindeman combined on a no-hitter. Audrey Sutherland and Doelling each had two hits.
Boone Grove upended No. 9 Hanover Central 6-0 in the other semifinal. The Wolves took control of the game with five runs in the sixth. Mackenzie Starcevich had two hits and drove in two for the Wolvers.
LaCrosse’s Sarah Mareska won the Mental Attitude Award.