CEDAR LAKE | On a chilly and windy Wednesday, Times No. 3 Hanover Central’s talented pitcher Ashley Yoways was nearly untouchable.
The University of Iowa recruit fanned 11 Red Devils in a dominating one-hit, 6-0 whitewashing of visiting Lowell.
“She was on her game,” Hanover coach Larry McMillen said. “She threw hard tonight.”
Yoways felt she was just a little off her game, as she yielded four walks.
“When I had to, I guess I threw it in there pretty good,” she said.
Lowell’s Liz Pokropinski broke up the no-hitter with a two-out double in the sixth.
“My change-up was pretty rough today, and that’s usually one of my best pitches,” said Yoways, who felt Lowell hit the ball hard. “My curveball wasn’t really curving.”
Lowell (8-4) coach Pete Iussig said Yoways was one of the two best pitchers his team has seen this season, along with Lake Central's Lily Del Toro.
“She did a great job of keeping us guessing,” said Iussig, who knew hits would be hard to get. “She’s an excellent pitcher. We knew that was going to happen. That was no surprise there.”
Hanover (10-2) scored the only run it would need in the bottom of the first when Yoways singled and eventually scored on a fielders choice by Melissa Balkema.
The Wildcats pushed across an insurance run in the fourth and broke open the game with a 3-run fifth off Lowell’s Brandi Faverty. Balkema had a run-scoring double in the uprising, while Sophia Barbosa added an RBI-single.
Hanover finished with 12 hits, including four from the bottom third of the order.
“We hit the ball one through nine,” McMillen said. “We put the bat on the ball. This is the lowest striking out team I’ve had.”
Yoways welcomed all the support.
“All of our freshmen are great. Our lineup, all the way through, is amazing now,” she said. “It makes me real happy and confident.”
Barbosa, just a freshman, finished with four hits and two RBIs. Caitlin Rebenack added two hits and two RBIs.
“It was a good win, It’s always nice to beat your alma mater,” said McMillan, a Lowell graduate. “They’ve been winning some games. They were 8-3 coming in.”