MUNSTER | When a double play is unassisted, it's still going to be scored in the book as that.
But the impact of the play may be significant to the outcome of the softball game.
With the bases loaded in the top of the seventh inning and nobody out, Munster third baseman Katie Gloff caught a lined shot off Kankakee Valley hurler Taurie Piatt.
She then had the wherewithal to dive over to third to double up on Brianna Toppen and help Mustangs starter Carly Murphy preserve the shutout in Times No. 3 Munster's 3-0 Northwest Crossroads Conference win over the No. 8 Kougars on Monday night.
"That's just a great play," Munster coach Beth Thornburg said. "She took a run off the bases and got two outs. It was a heads-up play and quite a relief to Carly."
Murphy tossed a complete game, allowing six hits with one walk and 11 strikeouts.
Munster (5-2, 2-0 NCC) scored runs in each of its first three innings behind Murphy.
In the bottom of the first, center fielder Taylor Michalski tripled home left fielder and No. 2 hitter Sadie Conner, who walked in the previous at-bat.
After first baseman Madelynn Moore started the second with a single, she was sacrificed over by Katie Gloff, went to third when Gina Rice reached on an error, and was sent home on a sac fly by leadoff hitter Briana Zunica.
The third run came on an RBI single off the bat of Moore, scoring shortstop Taylor Kotzo.
"We're lucky to get six or seven hits against good teams and you have to execute," said Thornburg. "It was a good conference win and that's a solid, solid team."
The Kougars (5-1, 2-1) had a chance to answer back after loading the bases in the fourth thanks to two base hits and an error, but Murphy pitched out of the jam.
The seventh was the only other threat for the visiting Kankakee Valley, as the Kougars hit three straight singles before Gloff made the double play.
However, Gloff made an error on the next play to load the bases again, when Murphy (3-1) struck out Lexie Eggert to end it.
"Sometimes the ball doesn't go where you want it to," K.V. coach Brian Flynn said. "Our D shortchanged us early in the game, but I liked the way we rallied and I liked the way Taurie fought back."