HIGHLAND | Munster pitcher Carly Murphy is a senior and has pitched in big softball games before.
She's always been nervous, but Murphy trusted herself Monday as she led the Mustangs to a 4-0 win over Lake Central.
"This year, I just kind of came into it thinking 'I'm prepared, already. I can't do anything more at this point,'" Murphy said. "I just had to go out there and throw my game."
Murphy didn't overpower the Indians. She only had four strike outs. But she didn't allow a walk, only got behind one hitter and used a deadly change up to spread five hits over seven innings. L.C. popped the ball up 10 times.
"It got easier and easier as the game went on," Murphy said. "When the defense and the offense are playing like that, there's no reason not to have confidence."
Munster (22-7) opened the game up in the second inning when No. 8 hitter Sadie Connor doubled in two runs.
"Sometimes your big dogs aren't going to take the collar," Mustangs coach Beth Thornburg said. "You need other kids to step up."
Madelynn Moore added another with a single in the next inning and the Mustangs led 3-0. Taylor Michalski bunted safely on a squeeze play in the sixth and Paige Kwasigroch scored from third. That capped the scoring, but Munster left a total of nine runners on base.
"As a coach, it scares you to leave that many runners on base," Thornburg said. "(Lake Central) is a good team. They can string together four or five hits, one kid hits a bomb and all of the sudden it's a tie game."
The Indians (23-7) lose only three players to graduation. It was the 26th straight season L.C. notched at least 20 wins. The senior class won 99 games, three sectional championships and made two final four appearances.
"We just told them to not let a day like today overshadow the success that we have had, over the course of the careers of some of these young women," Lake Central coach Jeff Sherman said. "They have won so many big softball games."
Munster will play Morton in Thursday's semifinal.