PORTAGE | Kiley Jones did it all. She got the big hit. She pitched the complete game. She even tallied the game-clinching RBI single.
In the process, Jones led Times No. 4 Portage to an 11-1 win over No. 5 Munster on Friday.
"I've been a little off lately, and this was the first day that I just felt like myself again," Jones said. "I'm still not where I want to be. I'm striving for perfection."
In the circle, the sophomore retired eight straight between the first and fourth innings. She gave up four hits over six innings, allowing only the game's first batter to score.
"I just got mad," Jones said. "After one run scored, I wasn't going to let that happen again. I didn't want to put my team's win in jeopardy."
Jones also did her job at the plate, hitting a three-run bomb over the left field fence in the first inning and driving in runs in the fourth and sixth. She had five RBIs.
Fellow Indians sophomore Kaitlin Doud was the other big contributor, going 4-for-4 with two triples and two RBIs.
"We strung a lot of hits together today," Doud said. "We had a lot of momentum, and it just kept rolling."
The Indians (16-5) did score in bunches, with three runs in the first, two in the third, four in the fourth and two in the sixth inning.
"The girls proved how bad they want it," Portage coach Lisa Hayes said. "We had phenomenal hitting, not just from two of our great sophomores but everybody on the team."
Munster (17-6) threatened in the fourth when Emma Hodges doubled to wall in right center. The Mustangs stranded the runner, though, when Taylor Kotzo's bullet was snared by Dalton Minor at third base.
Munster had two on in the sixth, but failed to score.
"We had opportunities, and we hit the ball hard. Offensively, I think we did OK. I was happy that our girls didn't give in," Munster coach Beth Thornburg said. "(Portage) was clearly the better team today."
Munster arrived to the game about 50 minutes late, but Thornburg said that had little to do with the outcome.