Northwestern 4, Tipton 2
Northwestern coach Jordan Dyer noted his squad was sluggish through the first four innings.
“We just weren’t focused. I called the girls together and kind of got on them a little bit,” he said. “We have a pretty young group, but I expect a lot out of them and I think they responded pretty well.”
Macey Jordan smacked a two-run triple in the sixth inning to put the Tigers up 4-1.
Northwestern pitcher Crystal Metz kept the Blue Devils in check. Metz fired a three-hitter. She struck out 11 and walked three.
Metz and Kelsey Richards each had a double for the 4-1 Tigers.
Elwood 5, Western 0
Elwood blanked Western in the battle of Panthers on Western’s diamond.
“Overall, we played a good game,” Western coach Jim Clouse said. “They’re a talented team — I’ll be surprised if they don’t go a long way in the [state] tournament. It was a considerable step up in competition from what we’ve played early on. I was proud of our kids. They stayed positive the whole game. We gave a couple runs away, but we were right there. A hit here or there, it’s a totally different game.”
Western (3-1) finished with five hits. Carley O’Neal had a pair of singles and Haley Conway had a double.
Erika Beeler pitched a complete game for Western. She allowed just two earned runs. She scattered eight hits, struck out three and walked three.
Cass 5, Kokomo 4
Kokomo coach Mike Susong had a quick answer when he was asked to pinpoint the difference in the game.
“The difference in the game was Alexa Humerickhouse from Lewis Cass,” he said. “She hit a double off the right-field wall to score two runs in the third inning and then hit a two-run homer in the fifth. We shouldn’t have pitched to her, especially after that [double]. It was totally my fault for pitching to her. This loss goes on me.