A USA-365 special report by Frank Sprankle
|The Crown Point Bulldogs and the Highland Trojans gather at around home plate following the Bulldogs 6-0 win over the Trojans on Monday, May 15, 2017. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)|
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|Highland (14-8, 8-4 NCC)||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|CROWN POINT (23-1, 13-0 DAC)||1||0||2||0||0||3||-||6||12||0|
Monday, May 15, 2017 -
Partly Sunny and 82-degrees, 5:15 p.m. start in CROWN POINT,
WP - Alexis Holloway: 7 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 12 K, 0 BB
LP - Elizabeth Hoffman: 6 IP, 11 H, 6 R, 2 K, 0 BB
Highland Trojans (14-8, 8-4 in NCC)
Danielle Fowler (2B) 0-3
Morgan Rinkema (CF) 0-3
Carley Ramirez (LF) 0-3
Jacey Bertalan (C) 0-2
Olivia Gibson (3B) 0-2
Sydni Gizynski (DP) 0-2
Kiley Elbaor (1B) 0-2
Jamie Gessler (SS) 0-2
Courtney Morton (RF) 0-2
Crown Point Bulldogs (23-1, 13-0 in DAC)
MacKenzie Dunlap (SS) 2-4, single, double, stolen base, run, RBI
Gracie Frazier (1B) 3-3, 3 singles, stolen base, 2 runs
Alexis Holloway (P) 2-3, single, double, RBI
Mallory McMahon (CF) 0-3, RBI
Maggie Ballentine (2B) 2-3, 2 singles, stolen base, run, RBI
Lexi Madrigal (C) 0-2
Brittany Johnstone (PH) 0-0, reached on error, run
Caitlyn Phillips (LF) 1-3, single, run
Micayla Greco (RF) 0-2
Lydia Byrd (RF) 0-1
Zoie Rettig (DP) 2-3, 2 singles, stolen base
CROWN POINT (5-15-2017) It started with a strikeout to the leadoff hitter and it ended with a strikeout to the game’s last hitter. For the Crown Point Bulldogs, senior right-hander Alexis Holloway coasted in retiring all 21 hitters she faced, on her way to a perfect game in a 6-0 victory over the Highland Trojans.
For Holloway, she could sense this would become her day.
“Once I got settled in, I felt like I was throwing good," Holloway said. “It was a good day for me. I felt good out there. I don’t go into a game with the mindset of a perfect game on my mind, as long as you come out on top, that’s important.”
The Bulldogs went on top in the first inning when sophomore Mallory McMahon grounded out to short that brought in fellow sophomore Gracie Frazier from third.
Crown Point added two more runs in the third on RBI hits by Holloway and sophomore Maggie Ballentine.
Ballentine would then lead off the sixth with a single to right, stole second and came around and score as junior Brittany Johnstone reached third on an error. Johnstone then tallied on a wild pitch.
Senior MacKenzie Dunlap would eventually double, scoring sophomore Caitlyn Phillips from second to close out the scoring in the sixth. Dunlap would try to stretch her hit into a triple, but ended the inning as she became the final out, caught in a rundown between second and third.
Holloway then closed the door down on the Trojans in the seventh to complete the perfect game.
The win became the 12th shutout victory for the Bulldogs this season and their fourth in five games. The Lady Bulldogs improved their record to 23-1 on the season (13-0 in the Duneland Athletic Conference), while Highland fell to 14-8 overall (8-4 in the Northwest Crossroads Conference).
USA-365.com Broadcast Note: Internet radio USA-365.com 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 Wednesday, May 25 at 4 p.m. Our coverage begins 15-minutes before 1st pitch at 3:45 p.m. Be sure to check the USA-365.com website schedule for updates on the Lady Bulldogs throughout the tournament.
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