Grady's 2 HRs lead Bulldogs
to 10-0 victory in 5-innings at Merrillville

A USA-365 special report by Frank Sprankle


The crowd at Merrillville High School watches the Crown Point Bulldogs dominate the Merrillville Pirates on Tuesday, May 16, 2017. The Bulldogs won 10-0, called after five innings due to the mercy rule. 
The Crown Point Bulldogs and the Merrillville Pirates meet for the second and final time of the regular season on May 16, 2017. Just like the previous match-up in Crown Point a month earlier, the Bulldogs also won 10-0 after five innings due to the mercy rule. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)
Team (Record) / Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CROWN POINT (24-1, 14-0 DAC) 1 6 3 0 0 - - 10 9 0
MERRILLVILLE (6-18, 3-11 DAC)  0 0 0 0 0 - - 0 0 1

Tuesday, May 16, 2017 - Partly Sunny and 88-degrees, 4:30 p.m. start in MERRILLVILLE, IN

WP - Stephanie Renner: 5 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 11 K, 1 BB
LP - Mi-Chae Smith: 2 2/3 IP, 10 H, 10 R, 0 K, 5 BB

Crown Point Bulldogs (24-1, 14-0 DAC)
Emma Lewandowski (CF) 0-3, reached on error, run
Avery Skura (3B) 1-3, double, walk, 2 run, RBI
Brooke Manhatton (SS) 0-0, Sac Fly, 2 walks, stolen base, 2 runs, RBI
Hannah Grady (C) 2-2, 2 home runs, walk, 2 runs, 5 RBIs
Brittany Johnstone (1B) 2-3, single, double, run, RBI
Madison Pizer (LF) 1-3, single
Micayla Greco (RF) 1-2, single, walk, run, RBI
Mackenzie Valles (2B) 1-3, single, run
Stephanie Runner (P) 1-3, single

Merrillville Pirates (6-18, 3-11 DAC)
Marissa Ramos (2B) 0-2
Alexis Ramos (SS) 0-2
Makayla Pearson (3B) 0-2
Jennifer Villanueva (LF/P) 0-1, walk
Bailey Rapavi (1B) 0-2
Mi-Chae Smith (P/LF) 0-2
Paige Wood (C) 0-2
Kayla Alcox (RF) 0-1
Brittany Williams (CF) 0-1

MERRILLVILLE (5-16-2017) With the wind blowing out to left at 20 mph, Crown Point Bulldogs junior clean-up hitter Hannah Grady took the gust to her own advantage. She drove-in half of her teamís runs with two home runs to left field.

The Bulldogs for the second time this season defeated the Merrillville Pirates 10-0, called again by the mercy rule after five-innings.

It also marked the second time the Bulldogs picked-up a win this season over Merrillville with the same exact final score. They defeated the Pirates at home on April 19, also called because of the mercy rule.

Grady connected on a two-run blast in the second, part of a six-run inning that had 11 Bulldogs come to bat.

The next inning, she connected on a three-run shot, the lone runs for Crown Point in the third.

In addition to Grady, freshman Avery Skura and sophomore Brooke Manhattan also scored twice for the Bulldogs.

In the abbreviated win, senior starting pitcher Stephanie Renner coasted for the Bulldogs. The right-hander retired the first 12 Pirates she faced, until Merrillville senior Jennifer Villanueva led off the fifth with a walk.

Renner then stuck out the next three hitters for the win, without giving-up a single hit in the game.

The Bulldogs batting line-up did not record a single strike out against Merrillville senior starter Mi-Chae Smith and Villanueva in relief. The Lady Bulldogs improved their record to 24-1 on the season (14-0 in the Duneland Athletic Conference), while the Pirates fell to 6-18 overall (3-11 in the DAC). Broadcast Note: Internet radio plans to provide complete play-by-play coverage of the Crown Point Bulldogs through the Class 4A Sectional 2 girls softball tournament the week of May 22-27 at Lake Central High School. Crown Point drew a first round bye and will open the tournament with a semifinal game against the first round winner of Lowell versus Munster on Thursday, May 25 at 4 p.m. Our coverage begins 15-minutes before 1st pitch at 3:45 p.m. If the Bulldogs win Thursday, they would advance to the Sectional Championship game Friday, May 26 at 5 p.m. at Lake Central. Be sure to check the website schedule for updates on the Lady Bulldogs throughout the tournament.

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