HAMMOND | Wheeler coach Marc Bruner was feeling a bit of deja vu on Thursday.
Much to his chagrin, he was coming out on the losing end this time.
Times No. 9 Bishop Noll squeaked by No. 10 Wheeler 1-0 in Greater Southshore Conference action thanks to a run from leadoff hitter Erin Mullaney in the bottom of the sixth and a complete-game gem from pitcher Andrea Fremouw.
The win was Noll's 10th straight.
Mullaney started the inning with a single and advanced to second when Jade Acevedo drew a walk. She then scored after Tori Keilman reached on an error.
"It seems like every time Erin gets on base, we score a run," Noll coach Ralph Laramie said. "This was gonna be a close game either way, but you still gotta hit the ball."
Noll (12-2, 7-1 GSSC) got a dazzling performance from Fremouw, who allowed four hits and no walks while striking out seven.
"Andie is phenomenal. She's worked hard and gotten better," Laramie said.
After a strikeout, Wheeler (4-4, 3-3) had something going in the top of the first after third baseman Alex Sanchez reached on an error and got to third on Nickole Finch's groundout, but she was stranded after Fremouw got catcher Angelise Vukin to fly out.
The Bearcats also started a rally in the fifth when Kayla Aytes reached on an error, and Amber McGinley singled. However, in the most controversial play of the game, McGinley was called out for runner's interference after impeding Noll shortstop Elena Sobilo's vision from snagging a grounder.
That wound up being the second out of the inning, and Fremouw (6-2) retired Sanchez, which was beneficial for Noll to avoid No. 3 hitter Finch with two runners on base and potentially down a run.
"I thought it was hit hard up the middle, and there was no way she was gonna get to it," Bruner said. "But he saw it one way, and I saw it another."
Finch (3-3) experienced the hard luck after throwing six innings of two-hit ball while striking out 10.
"I feel like they did when they had Vanessa Hartzell in years past, because she had some tough luck losses against us," Bruner said.
"We give ourselves zero margin for error, and we can't expect Nickole or the defense to be perfect."