Lady Bulldogs advance to Sectional Championship with 10-0
"mercy rule" victory over East Chicago

A USA-365 special report by Frank Sprankle


The East Chicago Central Cardinals and the Crown Point Bulldogs are introduced in pregame lineups before their Indiana High School Athletic Association's Class 4A, Sectional 1 semifinal game. Played at Crown Point High School on Thursday, May 24, 2018; the Bulldogs won 10-0, called after four and a half innings due to the mercy rule. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)
Team (Record) / Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
EAST CHICAGO (3-11) 0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 2 3
CROWN POINT (25-5, 13-1 DAC) 7 3 0 0 - - - 10 6 0

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Sunny and 87-degrees, 4:30 p.m. start in CROWN POINT, IN

WP - Madi Young: 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 7 K, 1 BB
LP - Angelina Lomeli: 4 IP, 6 H, 10 R, 0 K, 7 BB

East Chicago Central Cardinals (3-11)
Suhjey Gutierrez (SS) 0-2
Jacquelyn Delgado (CF) 1-2, single
Angelina Lomeli (P) 1-2, single
Elizabeth Garcia (3B) 0-2
Jasmine Garcia Salazar (C) 0-2
Benjanae Harvey (1B) 0-2
Karen Jimenez (RF) 0-1, walk
Karianys Rivera (2B) 0-2
Elysia Gandara (LF) 0-1

Crown Point Bulldogs (25-5, 13-1 DAC)
Faith Bergner (RF) 0-1, walk, reached on error
Yasmine Porter (3B) 0-2, walk, reached on error
Katie Neal (CF) 2-3, 2 singles, run
Brooke Manhatton (SS) 0-0, 2 walks, hit by pitch, 2 runs
Micayla Greco (LF) 1-1, single, hit by pitch, reached on error, 2 runs
Hannah Grady (C) 0-1, 2 walks, 2 runs, RBI
Madison Pizer (1B) 1-2, single, walk, run, 2 RBIs
Emma Lewandowski (DP) 1-2, single, reached on error, run, 2 RBIs
Madi Adams (2B) 1-1, double, walk, hit by pitch, run, 2 RBIs

CROWN POINT (5-24-2018) The path for the Crown Point Bulldogs advancing to the Indiana High School Athletic Associationís Class 4A, Sectional 1 championship looked almost easy, thanks to a quick start.

In the semifinal against the East Chicago Central Cardinals, the Bulldogs sent 11 to the plate, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first.

In the end, Crown Point picked-up its second mercy rule win in the tournament with a 10-0 victory, in which the Bulldogs also defeated Morton three days earlier by the exact score.

The Bulldogs took advantage of four walks in the bottom of the first. Seniors Hannah Grady and Madison Pizer picked-up RBIs, drawing bases-loaded walks.

Freshman Madi Adams delivered a two-run double, a couple batters later.

Freshman right-handed starting pitcher Madi Young struck out the side in the top of the fifth to secure the victory.

The Bulldogs will meet the Lake Central Indians for the sectional championship.

Lake Central defeated the Kankakee Valley Kougars 3-2 in eight innings, as the two teams met in the other semifinal match-up following the Bulldogs' win over the Cardinals.

The Bulldogs defeated the Indians 13-4 at Crown Point High School on April 19, only to lose 9-1 to their Duneland Athletic Conference rivals at Lake Central High School on May 1.

Our next Internet radio softball broadcast on will be Friday, May 25 when the Bulldogs play the Lake Central Indians in the IHSAA Class 4A, Sectional 1 Championship at Crown Point High School. The pregame show is at 5:45 p.m. CDT; first pitch is scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT.

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