Lake Central coach Jeff Sherman learned Thursday morning that the Times No. 2 Indians drew rival Munster in the first round of the upcoming Highland Sectional.
By Thursday afternoon, Sherman had his team focused on No. 4 Portage and closing out the Duneland Athletic Conference schedule on a positive note.
Liz Seymour went 4-for-4 with two RBIs as Lake Central edged Portage 7-3, clinching a tie for second place in the DAC.
“I thought our kids did a good job of not even talking about Munster,” Sherman said. “It obviously was a buzz earlier today, but by the time we got to the field, the focus was just on getting the win here.”
It’s a win that has been a longtime coming for Lake Central (21-7, 11-3). There isn’t a player on L.C.’s roster, Sherman included, that has ever won a game at Portage. Lake Central beat Portage 5-2 at home last week Tuesday.
“It’s a big win for us, because it’s a DAC win, and any conference win is big,” Sherman said. “It was a hard, grind-out victory, and it felt good to get this monkey off our back.”
Annabel Karberg pitched four innings to get her 12th win for Lake Central, but was chased after the fourth inning when Portage senior Hayley Hodges blasted a home run. Lily Del Toro threw the final three innings for the save.
Seymour reached base in every trip to the plate and has been playing with a lot of confidence since returning from an injury earlier this season. The junior went 4-for-5 against Valparaiso earlier this week.
“We went through a stretch where we played 12 games in 11 days and coming out of that, Liz was very tired,” Sherman said. “We gave them four days off last week, and it was a chance to get some rest. Liz is just a gamer, and she’s shown that this week. She’s someone we want up in a big situation.”
Jalise McKnight added a RBI single for Portage (15-5, 10-4) as the Indians fell to fourth place in the conference. Portage hosts Munster in its final home game this afternoon and drew LaPorte in the first round of sectional play at Crown Point.