CONCORD 6, WAWASEE 4
Concord did it once again.
For the second night in a row, the Minutemen hung a two-spot in the seventh to ensure itself a win. But this time, the two runs clinched Concord the outright Northern Lakes Conference championship.
Concord has now gone back-to-back in the NLC, going 26-2 during this two-year run. The Minutemen (13-1) added two huge insurance runs in the seventh Tuesday to get past Warsaw, 9-6, then scored two go-ahead runs in the top of the seventh at Wawasee Wednesday.
Skylar Decker had a pair of solo homers and Yadi Gomez also had a solo homer to pace Concord. Both homered in the Warsaw win Tuesday. Mackenzie Loge added two hits and an RBI in the win.
Faith Swihart had two hits, an RBI and run scored to pace Wawasee. Kiaundra Olson had a two-run triple and Bethany Flannery had an RBI single.
Alexis Kern got the win in the circle, holding a potent Wawasee offense to just six hits and struck out eight. Olson was erratic, allowing 11 hits and fanning just one.
Wawasee’s NLC season ends in third place at 10-4, two games back of Northridge’s 12-2 table.
GOSHEN 8, NORTHWOOD 5
A three-run fifth put Goshen over in the conference finale for the two teams.
Goshen broke a 3-3 tie after a S Breniser bunt was thrown around the infield, allowing a pair of runs to come home in the process. Brynn Shoup-Hill added an RBI single to put the RedHawks up three.
Madison Miller had an RBI double in the seventh to get NorthWood within range, but the rally fell short after Shoup-Hill got Lily Lomeli to line out to center to end it.
Shoup-Hill gave up 10 hits but struck out seven for Goshen. NorthWood’s duo of Gracie Clark and Miller worked again, Miller shouldering the loss in allowing five runs on four hits.
Clark had three hits and a run scored to pace the NorthWood offense. Makayla Snyder had two hits, a walk, and three runs scored for the Goshen attack.
NorthWood (9-14) finishes NLC play at 4-10 and sixth in the standings. Goshen ends 7-7 and in fourth.
WHITKO 3, TIPPECANOE VALLEY 0
A good ol’ fashioned pitchers duel saw Ellie Snep get the better of the Vikes.
Snep was razor sharp, allowing just two hits and two walks in seven innings. After a Brayden Baney double in the second, Valley managed just one other runner into scoring position the rest of the way, and only had three runners in scoring position the entire game.
Snep had nine strikeouts and got ahead of 20 of the 26 batters she faced.
Her counterpart, Sydney Howard, did everything she could against the state-ranked Wildcats. Howard didn’t record a strikeout, but allowed just four hits. Whitko would scratch across solo runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings. Shinanna Bradley, Harley Bradley and Sarah Hewitt all had RBIs in the win.
Valley (5-16) finishes 1-8 in the TRC while Whitko is tied with Rochester for second in the conference at 6-2. North Miami ended 8-1 and champs of the conference.