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June 18, 2014

Warriors win state championship

North Miami staged come-from-behind victory in Class A softball championship

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Wood broke from first with the pitch to Knauff and never slowed down as the junior rounded second base, then third as the sped home for the game-winning run.

It was the second time Wood scored after being walked.

“In big games like this I will take a walk — I am not hitting to hit home runs,” Wood said. “If [the opponent] puts me on I have confidence in Josie Knauff and the rest of the lineup to come in and hit me around.”

In the sixth inning, the Indiana University commit was given the free pass and promptly stole second base. She came in to score the game-tying run when Alicyn Enyart dropped down a bunt that was fielded by the Sarah Fitzgerald, whose throw got away from the covering Morgan Wadsworth.

Enyart led North Miami with two hits.

“I just wanted to take good solid cuts and I knew it would get us somewhere,” she said.

Wood managed to reach base each of her five at-bats with a double in the first inning followed by four straight intentional walks along with a pair of stolen bases, which led to two runs scored.

She entered leading the team in nearly every offensive category, including batting average (.629), home runs (14), RBI (47) and hits (56).

“We knew we had to pitch around her,” North Daviess coach Jodi Graber-Berry said. “It is a sign of respect.”

The 5-foot-8 southpaw’s contributions were not just felt when she stepped to the plate, but when she also crossed the chalk lines of the pitcher's circle, as she tossed a complete game three hitter with 17 strikeouts and issued three walks.

“We weren’t aware of the rise ball,” North Daviess’ Tailon Graber said. “We were focusing on the down ball pitches and she came up with the rise ball and we were not ready for it so we were swinging.”

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