Prep softball

Senior drives in six runs to help Highland beat Hobart

2014-04-16T21:00:00Z 2014-04-16T22:48:09Z Senior drives in six runs to help Highland beat HobartPaul Trembacki Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
April 16, 2014 9:00 pm  • 

HOBART | Allison Jorsch learned she had juvenile diabetes when she was 7 and has worn an insulin pump since.

The affliction runs her life. She’s in a constant state of monitoring her blood sugar, knowing that additional exercise can prompt major problems.

So she was only being realistic when she told coaches that she’d likely miss some practices and even an occasional game last season. She didn’t make the team and instead ran track with moderate success.

Although she’s committed to play volleyball at Purdue Calumet in the fall, she returned to the softball team under new coach Sarah Funston this spring, and she’s happy she’s back playing the sport she’s played all of her life, including at the varsity level her freshman and sophomore years.

Jorsch broke out in a huge way on Wednesday with six runs batted in during Times No. 9 Highland’s 13-5 win over No. 10 Hobart in a Northwest Crossroads Conference that changed venues from Highland to Hobart due to snow.

“I really didn’t expect today to go as well as it did,” Jorsch said. “I had problems with my blood sugar in the morning and didn’t feel good, but I managed it because I knew we had a game. Still, I didn’t expect this.”

Playing first and batting fifth, Jorsch changed the game with almost every at-bat. She was 4-for-5, her lone out on a fielder’s choice that still resulted in a run for the Trojans (3-3, 2-0).

In the third inning teammate Felicity Hillegonds (3-for-5, 4 RBI) turned a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead with a two-run double. Jorsch’s two-run single put Highland up 6-3 in the fourth, her two-run double in the sixth made it 8-5, and her two-run home run in the seventh inning accounted for the final score.

“I just put my head down and drove every time,” Jorsch said.

The key for Highland was to keep driving because no lead seemed safe.

A 4-1 Highland lead turned to 4-3 when Hannah Wilson homered for Hobart (5-4, 2-1), and a Paige Talian double for the Brickies cut a 6-3 lead to 6-5.

“I’m always on the girls about scoring every inning,” Funston said. “I tell them that if the ball’s there, swing the bat.”

Jorsch is one of seven seniors for Highland, so it just takes a little nudge from Funston and someone rallies the team.

“We’re going to win with our offense and not making errors,” Funston said. “We have high goals, and we believe in ourselves.”

The Brickies left 10 runners on base, punctuated by a one-out, bases-loaded scenario in the sixth inning that ended with no runs.

“We definitely had some opportunities we didn’t cash in on,” said Hobart coach Katrina Lucas, who was scheduled to deliver her second child after the game.

“Defensively we made some mistakes, and (Highland) hit the whole game and kept coming back.”

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Fan Poll

Loading…

Which school has the area's best girls cross country team?

View Results

Follow your school

Duneland Conference

Chesterton Trojans
News
Crown Point Bulldogs
News
Lake Central Indians
News
LaPorte Slicers
News
Merrillville Pirates
News
Michigan City Wolves
News
Portage Indians
News
Valparaiso Vikings
News

Greater South Shore Conference

Bishop Noll Warriors
News
Calumet Warriors
News
Lake Station Eagles
News
Michigan City Marquette Blazers
News
North Newton Spartans
News
River Forest Ingots
News
Wheeler Bearcats
News
Whiting Oilers
News

Great Lakes Athletic Conference

Clark Pioneers
News
Gavit Gladiators
News
Hammond Wildcats
News
Morton Governors
News

Hoosier Conference

Rensselaer Bombers
News

Northwest Crossroads Conference

Andrean 59ers
News
Griffith Panthers
News
Highland Trojans
News
Hobart Brickies
News
Kankakee Valley Kougars
News
Lowell Red Devils
News
Munster Mustangs
News

Northwestern Conference

Lew Wallace Hornets
News
Roosevelt Panthers
News
West Side Cougars
News

Porter County Conference

Boone Grove Wolves
News
Hanover Central Wildcats
News
Hebron Hawks
News
Kouts Mustangs/Fillies
News
LaCrosse Tigers
News
Morgan Twp. Cherokees
News
South Central Satellites
News
Washington Twp. Senators
News
Westville Blackhawks
News

Independents

Bowman Academy Eagles
News
Calumet Christian
News
Campagna Academy
News
Covenant Christian Knights
News
E.C. Central Cardinals
News
Hammond Baptist Swordsman
News
Luther East Eagles
News

Chicago Catholic League

Mt. Carmel Caravan
News
Seton Academy Sting
News
St. Francis deSales Pioneers
News

Chicago Public League

Washington Minutemen/Minutewomen
News

East Suburban Catholic

Marian Catholic Spartans
News

Metro Suburban

Illiana Christian Vikings
News

River Valley Conference

Beecher Bobcats/Ladycats
News
Illinios Lutheran Chargers
News

South Suburban Blue

T.F. North Meteors
News
T.F. South Rebels
News

Southland Athletic Conference

Bloom Twp. Blazin' Trojans
News
Crete-Monee Warriors
News

SouthWest Suburban Blue

Homewood-Flossmoor Vikings
News

SouthWest Suburban Red

Thornridge Falcons
News
Thornton Wildcats
News
Thornwood Thunderbirds
News