Edwardsburg wins back-to-back state titles
Published 10:05 am Wednesday, July 29, 2009
SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The Edwardsburg Senior All-Stars won their second straight Indiana State championship over the weekend at the Belleville Softball Complex.
Despite losing their first game of pool play to the Anderson District winner, Edwardsburg was able to come back and take on all comers.
The All-Stars defeated the Hessville District 2 10-0 behind the pitching of Ashley Wegner, who tossed a four-hitter with three strikeouts in four innings of work.
Jill Blough worked the final four innings, allowing two hits and striking out four.
Edwardsburg had three hits, including a double, from Amelia Breslin and got a home run and a single from Justine Ely.
Blough chipped in with a single, a double and a RBI. Emily Shoupe finished with two hits and a RBI.
The All-Stars took care of GRC District 9 12-2 as pool play continued.
Breslin had a single, a double and a RBI, while Maddi Holmes singled, doubled and drove in a pair of runs. Victoria Hurst finished with a double, a triple and three RBIs and Andrea LaPlace chipped in with a single and two RBIs.
Edwardsburg also got a single and a RBI from Wegner and Shoupe.
Wegner and Blough combined on a four-hitter. Wegner left the game with a knee injury.
In its final game of pool play, Edwardsburg defeated Indiana Central District 7 25-8.
Breslin was the winning pitcher as she tossed a four-hitter with five strikeouts. LaPlace pitched the final three innings, striking out four.
Offensively for the All-Stars, Holmes had two hits and four RBIs, while Taylor McGrath singled twice, tripled and drove in five runs.
Brittany Hurst had a single, two triples and seven RBIs for Edwardsburg, which also got a double and two RBIs from Ely, a triple and a RBI from Victoria Hurst and a single, a double and three RBIs from Kristine Handy.
Blough had two singles, a triple and two RBIs, while LaPlace added a pair of singles and a RBI.
Entering the semifinals, Edwardsburg was not sure if Wegner would be able to pitch against GRC District 9.
She wrapped up her knee and helped the All-Stars to a 10-0 victory to advance to the finals.
She worked four innings, allowing two hits and no runs.
Blough pitched the final two innings, giving up just one hit.
McGrath singled twice, doubled and drove in two for Edwardsburg, which also got three singles and two RBIs from Victoria Hurst, two singles and two RBIs from LaPlace and two singles and a RBI from Ely.
In the championship game, Edwardsburg took on North Anderson again.
This time the game was a bit closer with Edwardsburg coming out with a 5-4 victory.
Wegner worked six innings in the circle, allowing just three hits.
Blough worked the final inning, allowing one hit.
Brittany and Victoria Hurst led the All-Stars with three singles, a double and three RBIs.
Edwardsburg now advances to the regional, which will also be held at Belleville Softball Complex.
Pool play begins on Sunday at 7 p.m. when the All-Stars take on Ohio at 7 p.m.
Edwardsburg will then face Illinois on Monday, Aug. 3 at noon and Iowa at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 4.