Prep Softball

Yoways wills Hanover Central to softball regional championship

2013-05-29T20:15:00Z 2014-05-26T16:11:57Z Yoways wills Hanover Central to softball regional championshipSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com

CEDAR LAKE | Unchecked anger is a big problem on this planet. It causes a lot of bad things.

Driven, controlled acrimony, though can win a championship, a Class 3A softball title in this case.

“I was mad, I was really mad,” Hanover Central junior pitcher Ashley Yoways said.

Here's what fired up the Wildcats pitcher. She had a no-hitter after five inning against Griffith on Tuesday night when the regional was called because of lightening.

Hanover led 4-0 when it went to sleep after the suspension.

On Wednesday, Yoways walked three batters in the top of the sixth. The Panthers' Alexis Atkinson then singled down the right-field line to score a run.

A base-running snafu ended the inning with Hanover up 4-1.

In the bottom of the sixth Yoways came up with a runner on base. She hit the ball so far over the left-field fence that it landed in another field. Her Wildcats won the game 6-1.

She threw a one-hitter, struck out 10 and had four RBIs as Hanover (18-9) won its first regional since 2004, the same year the program won the Class 2A state championship.

“She had a good game,” Hanover coach Larry McMillen dead-panned with a happy smirk.

Hanover will play the Fairfield-Fort Wayne Dwenger winner in Saturday's Class 3A Twin Lakes Semistate. The 'Cats will play at Noon.

“I knew I had a no-hitter,” Yoways said. “But I'm happy as long as we win. I'm fine with it. I wasn't happy with the walks. I was so pumped up, especially after three walks.

“This is so awesome. I don't even know what to say.”

Griffith coach Don Bence was pleased with the way his team fought. But he was frustrated with the “what if's” after Atkinson's hit. Alyssa Gebo scored on the hit. Lauren Maynard rounded third but stopped and came back. The Panthers (13-12) Destiny Moore didn't see Maynard stop and was tagged out in-between second and third.

“The base-running mistake was really, really, really big,” Bence said. “You never know what could've happened. But I'm so proud of these girls. They never quit and they never stopped fighting.”

McMillen was surprised, too.

“I never saw the girl go back,” McMillen said. “That was big. (Yoways) played a great game. All the girls did. We had some bumps in the road early but we're playing pretty good softball right now.

“And this is a good time of the year to do that.”

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