CROWN POINT | One of the oldest and most time-tested adages in softball is simple: "Don't give up. Don't ever give up."
Crown Point junior Amanda Rock had that bouncing through her head in the bottom of the seventh on Monday in a huge Duneland Athletic Conference softball matchup against Lake Central.
Times No. 5 C.P. trailed the No. 3 Indians 2-1, and Rock, the Bulldogs' third basemen, had committed three errors.
But she didn't give up. She never gave up.
Rock hit a floater into center field off L.C.'s Annabel Karberg that scored two runs and gave the Bulldogs the 3-2 win.
"I was a little nervous," Rock said. "But I give it to my teammates, I heard them cheering for me. I wasn't swinging for the fences. I was just trying to do my job."
C.P. coach Ginger Britton said her leaders gathered the team together before their final at-bat. The entire mood in the dugout changed.
Ali Rock led off with a single. Siena Gyure laid down a bunt and the throw went into right field, moving the runners to second and third. That set up Amanda Rock's heroics.
After Friday's 9-0 win over No. 1 Chesterton, it seems like C.P. (9-3, 6-2) has turned the corner.
"This was a total team effort," said freshman Miranda Elish, who struck out six and raised her record to 4-0. She was also 2-for-2 with a double as the Bulldogs snapped a Lake Central (15-7, 5-3) six-game winning streak against their rivals.
"We've been waiting to beat Lake Central for awhile," Elish said. "We feel like if we can beat Chesterton, we can beat anyone."
Two errors by Amanda Rock in the third and another one by shortstop Mandey Shrader gave the Indians their first run. An RBI single by Lily Del Toro in the top of the sixth gave L.C. its second run.
An error by L.C. third baseman Paige Carter, her second of the game, gave C.P. its first run in the fifth.
"I'd rather be on this end of a game like this than in a month," L.C. coach Jeff Sherman said. "It will make us better."
The Indians also let a game slip away in the seventh with a lead against Chesterton last week.
"(Elish) pitched a great game, (Karberg) did, too," Sherman added. "This was an old-school game, well pitched by both teams. We just didn't make a play when we needed to on that bunt."