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Lowell 'drops' Kankakee Valley in big NCC softball contest

2013-04-22T19:26:00Z 2013-05-06T21:51:09Z Lowell 'drops' Kankakee Valley in big NCC softball contestSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

LOWELL | It was a Yin and Yang kind of afternoon. It had a little good, a little bad and a little ugly.

Monday's Northwest Crossroads Conference softball game at Lowell was so all over the place that Red Devils coach, Pete Iussig, lost his direction. He was like Columbus when trying to describe the game that his Brandi Faverty pitched.

"It was her rise ball," Iussig said. "Yeah, her rise. We don't need all of Northwest Indiana knowing about her drop (ball)."

Kankakee Valley coach Brian Flynn had no qualms talking about the way Faverty threw in leading Times No. 7 Lowell to a thrilling 3-1 win over the No. 8 Kougars, who had their four-game winning streak snapped.

"Their pitcher has a great drop," Flynn said. "You don't see that pitch every day. It doesn't get the press because it doesn't get a lot of strikeouts, but it does get you a lot of ground balls and that's about all we did today."

Kankakee Valley (9-2, 4-2) had one hit in the game, a slow roller up the third base line in the third inning. But K.V. had runners on base all afternoon.

Lowell (7-3, 3-2) committed six errors, which had Iussig looking for some Tums.

"The errors are causing me heart burn," he said. "It's tough on an old guy. I could handle it a lot better when I was young."

Led by Kougars third baseman Alyssa Matson, her team played a brilliant defensive game. The Red Devils didn't get much going offensively until the sixth inning.

Lexi Marshall led off with a bunt single. One out later Alyssa Pokropinski added another infield hit. K.V. pitcher Tauri Piatt struck out with a 1-0 lead. But two-out hits are killers.

Kristina Rosenbaum blooped a game-tying single into left field. Then, Hunter Jusevitch hit a rocket up the middle plating two.

"I had to get a hit there," Jusevitch said. "I'd made (three) errors so I had to make up for it and help my team."

Faverty said it was difficult pitching with all those free passes, but her drop was getting beat into the ground .

"I was fortunate that I was hitting all my spots," Faverty said."It makes me mad because I should've gone after (the infield single). I didn't know I had a one-hitter until after the game."

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