Kougars rally, twice, to edge Lady Bulldogs 7-6

A USA-365 special report by Frank Sprankle


The Crown Point Bulldogs erupt out of their dugout following freshman Anna Holloway's lead-off home run in the top of the first against the Kankakee Valley Kougars on Monday, May 7, 2018. The Kougars came back, twice, to beat the Bulldogs 7-6. (Photo by Frank Sprankle)
Team (Record) / Inning 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
CROWN POINT (16-4, 10-1 DAC) 1 3 1 0 0 0 2 6 10 3
KANKAKEE VALLEY (19-2, 8-2 NCC)  0 0 0 0 0 6 1 7 11 2

Monday, May 7, 2018 - Sunny and 74-degrees, 5 p.m. start in WHEATFIELD, IN

WP - Emma Maple: 7 IP, 10 H, 6 R, 7 K, 2 BB
LP - Madi Elish: 2.2 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 2 K, 0 BB
SP - Madi Young: 4.8 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 5 K, 0 BB

Crown Point Bulldogs (16-4, 10-1 DAC)
Anna Holloway (SS) 2-4, single, home run, run, 2 RBIs
Mallory McMahon (CF) 0-4
Madi Elish (DP/P) 2-4, 2 singles, run, RBI
Gracie Frazier (1B) 1-3, single
Madison Pizer (PH) 0-1
Madi Young (P/DP) 1-3, single, stolen base, RBI
Hannah Grady (PH) 0-1
Maggie Ballentine (2B) 1-2, single, 2 walks, run
Caitlyn Phillips (3B) 1-2, single, reached on error, run
Micayla Greco (PH) 0-1
Zoie Rettig (C) 0-2, reached on error, run
Lydia Byrd (RF) 2-3, 2 singles, run, RBI

Kankakee Valley Kougars (19-2, 8-2 NWC)
Maddie Swart (C) 1-2, single, reached on 2 errors, run
Madey Flick (LF) 2-3, 2 singles, reached on error
Emma Maple (P) 2-4, 2 singles, run
Ashley Fisher (1B) 0-4
Kaylee Barrett (CF) 2-4, single, triple, 2 runs, RBI
Lindsay Stokes (2B) 0-3, SAC Bunt
Emma Sark (3B) 2-4, 2 singles, run, 2 RBIs
Kendall Winnick (RF) 1-3, single, run
Mary Kay Shultz (DP) 0-1
Sarah Starr (SS) 1-2, single, run, 2 RBIs

WHEATFIELD (5-07-2018) Last June, the Crown Point Bulldogs and the Kankakee Valley Kougars represented Northwest Indiana as the only two schools to advance to the Indiana High School Athletic Association softball state finals.

But in a match-up of the Class 4A champion Bulldogs and the Class 3A runner-up Kougars, it got interesting early and late as Kankakee Valley came back from four runs down to pick-up a 7-6 win.

After the Bulldogs combined for four runs over the first two innings, helped triggered by freshman Anna Holloway’s lead-off home run on the game’s first pitch, the Kougars rallied late.

In the bottom of the sixth, they sent 10 to the plate, eventually tying and taking the lead on RBI hits by junior Kaylee Barrett, junior Emma Sark, senior Sarah Starr, and junior Maddie Swart.

The Bulldogs countered to tie the game courtesy of Madi Elish and Madi Young as the two freshman stepped-up with RBI singles in the top of the seventh inning.

However, the last word came from the Kougars’ bats.

With two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and Barrett standing at second, Sark would deliver the winning hit with a single. That hit brought in Barrett from second base with the game-winning run.

While senior starting pitcher Emma Maple went the distance for the Kougars, Elish relieved Young in the fifth.

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