MONTICELLO | The international tiebreaker is not too common in high school softball.
It happens all the time in travel softball tournaments, but it’s only allowed in certain tournaments during the regular season.
Both Hanover Central and Lowell benefit ted from the tiebreaker, which puts a runner on second base to begin each inning if the score is tied through seven innings of play, this weekend at the Twin Lakes Invitational.
Lowell earned a 2-1 pool play victory over Benton Central Friday night when Alyssa Pokropinski drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.
On Saturday, Hanover Central played through the international tiebreaker for three innings before beating Eastern 2-1 in the 10th inning.
Both teams were unable use those wins to springboard them into the semifinals as the region went 1-for-5 earning semifinal berths despite every local team having a winning record in the tournament.
Hanover Central lost 4-3 to eventual championship game qualifier Twin Lakes, preventing the Wildcats from winning their pool. The Wildcats beat Maconaquah 7-2 Friday night.
On Saturday Lowell fell 3-2 to pool champ Frontier when Kattie Lee of Frontier hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the bottom of the sixth.
“We had runners in scoring position, but we couldn’t get the key hit to knock them in,” Lowell coach Pete Iussig said.
In going 2-1 on the weekend the Red Devils allowed just seven runs. Iussig said pitcher Brooke Cummins started the season great, then lagged, then had a great weekend at Twin Lakes.
In an 8-4 win over Western, Morgan O’Hanlon went 3-for-4 with a triple, and Kristina Rosenbaum added several hits. O’Hanlon also made a full-extension catch in center field.
“I think we had a couple people do really well,” Lowell coach Pete Iussig said. “We’ve been struggling, but we played good defense, and maybe we found ourselves.”
Frustratingly close for the Mustangs: The one local team on the wrong end of an international tiebreaker scenario was Munster, which was on the verge of a semifinal matchup with Crown Point before falling 5-4 to Pioneer in eight innings.
Munster was up 3-0 entering the fourth, but Pioneer came back to plate one in the fourth, two in the sixth and two in the eighth after Munster had taken a momentary lead in the eighth.
“(Pioneer) kept fighting and they came back and obviously won the game,” Munster coach Beth Thornburg said. “I’m disappointed because I felt we let one get away.
“We need to play with a certain level of intensity, and we let ourselves down that last game.”
For the weekend senior Emma Hodges was 7-for-10 with three runs and three RBIs. Freshman Madelynn Moore went 4-for-8 with three runs and a pair batted in.
“As (Moore) continues to play well she builds confidence,” Thornburg said.
In a 4-2 win over Harrison on Friday Briana Zunica was 2-for-3 with two RBIs.
In Saturday’s 12-2 rout of Delphi Sadie Conner went 3-for-4 with four runs.
Munster won the title in 2011, while Crown Point took it in 2012.
Andrean bounces back: Defending Class 3A state champ Andrean did not have a chance to make the semifinals after losing 4-2 to Crown Point on Friday night, but the 59ers returned Saturday with a pair of wins.
“We started sluggish on Friday,” Crown Point coach Ginger Britton said. “It took us a couple innings to time up Andrean’s pitcher.”
Andrean beat Lewis Cass 6-1 and Lafayette Jeff 3-1 dramatically in pool play Saturday.
With the score tied 1-1 in the sixth, Brenna Boyle, who had a game-winning hit Wednesday in extra innings to beat Kankakee Valley, hit a two-run home run.
Boyle’s ball hit the top of the fence and bounced out of the park. Savannah Kinsella, who had tripled, came home on the homer. Jessica Pruitt’s RBI groundout tied the game at one in the fourth.