HAMMOND | The biggest drama took place on Tuesday night when Times No. 6 Bishop Noll scored five runs in the sixth and one more in the seventh inning to beat No. 10 Whiting to win the Greater South Shore Conference championship.
But with a potential Class 2A sectional game looming, Wednesday night's rematch still meant a little something in Hammond.
And the Warriors picked up right where they left off the night before, scoring three runs in the first to jump-start the 4-0 win.
Erin Mullaney led off with a single and moved on with Monica Martin's single. Elena Sobilo's double plated both runners and she scored on Andie Fremouw's single.
Fremouw did the damage in the circle, only allowing three hits to the Oilers (14-4, 10-4). Not bad for a pitcher who didn't throw one pitch for Noll (18-3, 13-1) last season.
Her drop was devastating against their rivals.
Four pitchers competed in the spring to replace the graduated Vanessa Hartzell, a four-year starting ace. It was the soft-tossing Fremouw (10-3) who won out.
"It's great to have my team support me," said the junior pitcher. "It's great that we're doing so well. This game was really important to show that (Tuesday night) wasn't a mistake. We needed to win this game, too."
Mullaney went 2-for-3, reaching base three times and scoring a run. Martin went 3-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored.
"We wanted to start off like we finished last night," Noll coach Ralph Laramie said. "We got off to a good start and then we relaxed. Maybe we relaxed too much. Andie did a great job. She's not a strikeout pitcher. We just want ground balls and pop ups from her.
"Our defense did the rest."
In the girls basketball this past season Noll beat Whiting twice in the regular season and the Oilers upset the Warriors in the sectional final. Whiting softball coach Paul Laub didn't even want to talk about any similar scenarios, although he's hoping it does come true.
"It can happen because it can happen, that's it," Laub said. "That team's got hitters. They're a great hitting team."
Whiting did have a threat in the sixth inning when the first two batters reached base. Veronica Aguilera bunted and the throw went down the right field line as the bases were rolling.
But Aguilera was called out for running inside the base line. An error later and with the bases loaded a ball was hit to deep right field, but the Whiting runner at third did not tag up.
"We have four losses this year and three of them came because of one bad inning," Laub said. "We've got to find a way to stop doing that."