PREP SOFTBALL

Westville softball falls in S.C. sectional championship

2013-05-24T20:00:00Z 2013-05-24T23:46:06Z Westville softball falls in S.C. sectional championshipJim Hunsley jim.hunsley@nwi.com, (219) 548-4356 nwitimes.com

UNION MILLS | Three outs away from a 10-run rule loss, Westville tried to extend its season — if just for one more inning.

The Blackhawks scored five times in the sixth, but eventually lost 10-5 to Triton in the championship of the Class A South Central sectional.

It's the second title in for the Trojans (22-8), who face the Lakewood Park Christian sectional winner Tuesday in regional play.

Westville (18-9) came up short in its bid for a second postseason crown, but first-year coach Mark Dineen was still proud of his team.

"We've been fighting back the entire sectional," said Dineen, whose team previously rallied from two deficits and edged the host Satellites in a 12-inning semifinal win. "When we got down, we still had to get back up."

The Trojans took control of the game in the fifth with five runs — all with two outs. The perceived back breaker was a bases-clearing double by leadoff hitter Hannah Jennings.

Westville starter Katie Piotrowski, who shares mound duties with twin sister Beth, had surrendered just three hits over the first three innings.

"The twins are emotional," Dineen said. "I could tell Katie was a little shook up.

"That three-run double really hurt."

Triton starter Mallorie Jennings had eight of her nine-total strikeouts in the first five innings, keeping the Blackhawks' offense at bay early.

"(Jennings) was throwing a heckuva a rise ball," Dineen said. "We haven't seen a pitcher with a rise ball of that caliber."

The Trojans added four more in the sixth to build its 10-0 lead.

"We had some real timely hitting," Triton coach Steve McBride said. "A bunch of people came through for us in all parts of the order."

The first three batters reached for Westville in the sixth, and Krysten Wilson broke up the shutout with an RBI single. McKenzie Gardner added an RBI grounder and Shaina Jacks' sharp grounder eluded both the third baseman and shortstop for a two-run double to make it 10-5.

Westville went 1-2-3 in the seventh to end the game, and Dineen realizes his players might not see the silver lining in the loss for a little while.

"We kept our heads up; we played a good game," Dineen said. "I had a lot of fun this season.

"We just have a 15-minute bus ride home, but it will probably seem much longer for the team."

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