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No Smurfs allowed at ICGSA North-South All-Star Game

2012-06-23T18:00:00Z 2012-08-28T23:27:08Z No Smurfs allowed at ICGSA North-South All-Star GameBy David P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 23, 2012 6:00 pm  • 

CARMEL | During a photo session before Saturday's ICGSA All-Star Game, players from both sides took a look at each other's solid red and blue uniforms and made a decision. It was time to swap shorts.

"We didn't want to look like Smurfs," Andrean's Kaitlin Barajas said. "We were wearing all blue. South came over and said, 'Do you want to switch shorts?' and we said 'Definitely.'"

Coach doesn't coach: Jeff Sherman didn't do much more than fill out a lineup card Saturday, but he didn't mind.

"There's really no coaching involved," the Lake Central skipper said. "You just try to figure out how to get everybody the maximum time that you can and you just sit here and enjoy it.

"It's stress-free coaching."

Region rats stick together: Area softballers made it a point to put the Nortwest Indiana game on display.

"We always want to represent the region well," Crown Point's RaeAnna Jenks said. "It was good that we came out and performed the way we did."

Jenks still felt a little bit like an outcast as the only Bulldog in the North dugout.

"I felt like I had to prove myself, being the only one," Jenks said. "I wanted to show everybody why I deserved to be here."

An Honor for L.C.: The bases were full of regionites when Nikki Adams hit her grand slam, including her Lake Central teammate Morgan Moseley.

"For Lake Central to be recognized like this, with Nikki and myself and 'Sherm' (coach Sherman), that's such an honor," Moseley said.

"It's such a cool feeling (to be here together) because we're all so comfortable with each other."

The pair combined for three hits and five RBIs in Game 1, won by the North.

"It was nice to see them both come down here and have some success," Sherman said. "Both of them had a great first game and it was neat to see that."

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