HAMMOND | It was an unlikely hero coming through for Times No. 6 Lowell in a non-conference tune-up as conference play heats up.
Sophomore Morgan Charters has only been on the varsity since the middle of last week, but she’s making a huge impact. In just a handful of at-bats — Red Devils’ coach Pete Iussig thinks it’s eight — she already has three home runs, including a go-ahead two-run shot on Monday to help lead Lowell to a 9-4 victory over Times No. 5 Bishop Noll.
Charters still had a look of shock on her face after hitting the homer in the fourth inning after a leadoff single by Kaitlyn Marshall. It led to Noll coach Rich Sobilo thinking it was her first.
“She looked a little bit surprised when she hit it. That’s why I gave a ball to (Iussig) after the game,” he said.
Not only is it not her first in varsity, but she also had a bunch in JV games this season.
“I had to bring her up to varsity. She had like five home runs in JV,” Iussig said. “I was thinking that we were solid offensively from one through eight, but struggling in the No. 9 spot. I started her at No. 9, but had to move her up to No. 6 in the lineup because she’s hitting so well.”
It seemed to be contagious. Charters’ home run gave the Devils (13-5) a 5-4 lead before they scored four times in the seventh starting with three straight hits from Emma Littrell, Alyssa Pokropinski and Marshall.
“We’ve been doing that a lot this year,” Iussig said of the offense.
Lowell scored three runs in the first inning on some shaky defense from Noll (12-4). But the Warriors bounced back with five consecutive hits and four runs in the bottom of the first.
“It was a rough first inning — we’ve had too many of those lately,” Sobilo said. “We have a little bit different infield because of injuries, but I’m proud of the girls coming right back. We had a couple girls who haven’t been hitting and they got it going today.”
That included Andie Fremouw, who was 2-for-3 with a two-run single in the first. Jessie Shope was 2-for-3 for Lowell, while Marshall had three hits and two RBIs.