GRIFFITH | You would think that Carly Murphy would've taken her little sister, Tegan, out for dinner on Thursday night. And paid for it, too. At a place that doesn't serve grub in a bag.
Instead, Carly had another plan.
"I'll give her a ride home but she's going to ride on the roof of the car," Carly said. "She missed a sign on the bases so she's on the top."
Times No. 6 Munster avenged an earlier Northwest Crossroads Conference loss to No. 4 Griffith with an 8-1 whipping at a frigid, windy Griffith Park.
Senior Carly Murphy had nine strikeouts in picking up the win, which gave the Mustangs (13-4, 8-2) at least a share of the NCC title. Tegan Murphy, a sophomore, went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and one run scored.
"I've always been taught to control the uncontrollables," Tegan said. "You can't control the weather so you just have to go out there and hit, do your job."
Munster's first two runs came in the second inning as Griffith (8-6, 6-4) committed two errors and the Panthers' losing streak climbed to three. Three straight hits to open the fifth resulted in three more runs, breaking the game open.
Sadie Conner went 2-for-4 and scored one run. Madelynn Moore scored two runs. Paige Kwasigroch had one RBI, Kaitlynn Gloff doubled, scored a run and knocked one in. And Gina Rice scored twice for the 'Stangs, who had nine hits.
"They hit well," Munster coach Beth Thornburg said. "Their pitcher (Blair Morton) did a nice job but when they beat us before we didn't take advantage of the opportunities (Morton) gave us. (Wednesday night) we did."
Walks and hit batsmen kept Munster runners on the bases all afternoon.
For Carly Murphy, who plans to pitch at nationally ranked Lakeland College, it's great to be healthy. A bum shoulder last year kept her skill at bay. Her speed was up and the ball was moving.
"I didn't have the best control in the first two innings because of how cold it was," Carly Murphy said. "My spin wasn't where it was supposed to be. It was really shocking. It was 80 the last two days and freezing today. But I got used to it and was able to make my pitches work."
Griffith's Sammi Adams singled to open the fourth and scored on Lauren Maynard's single for the Panthers' lone run.
"The defense we had when we were winning games is gone right now," Griffith assistant Kevin Brackett said. "If we don't find it pretty soon we're going to be in trouble."