Engleman pitches IND to title Softball

April 18, 1993|By Gary Lambrecht | Gary Lambrecht,Staff Writer

Christa Engleman joked about the condition of her right arm after yesterday's Centennial Softball Tournament. But after the way the IND pitcher treated Centennial and Seton Keough, her opponents probably were not amused.

Engleman threw a four-hitter to lead the Indians past Centennial, 3-1 in the semifinals. Ninety minutes later, she watched her offense give her an early 14-0 lead, then did her part by pitching a no-hitter, as IND (3-3) cruised, 15-2, over Seton Keough to win the tournament.

"I think it's [her arm] going to fall off. It's a little sore," said Engleman, a senior four-year pitcher. "I just try to go batter by batter, inning by inning. We're young, so we need to play as many games as we can right now. Today was great for us."

Engleman was sharp from her opening pitch, and hit the corners all day. Against Centennial, she primarily used a sinker to strike out 14. Against Seton Keough, she went mostly with her fastball and got 13 strikeouts. In 14 innings, she gave up four hits and three runs -- one earned -- and walked only one and struck out 27.

The only time Engleman had any trouble was in the seventh inning of the semifinals. Centennial (1-2) had managed only one runner and did not hit the ball out of the infield through six innings but entered its final at-bat trailing only 3-0.

With one out, Marci Kunkel singled. Kathy Gallagher singled off the glove of first baseman Sarah Richter, and Jeannine Lee singled to score Kunkel and cut the lead to 3-1. Engleman then struck out Michelle Dugan swinging and Megan Seewagen looking to end the game.

"Today was an important day for us. You have to play some games to get good," Centennial coach Dale Huting said, alluding to weather that has made practicing and playing difficult.

The Eagles were able to salvage a victory in the consolation game, when Kunkel pitched a six-hitter and a complete game to defeat Hammond, 4-2.

The rest of the day belonged to Engleman and the Indians. IND shortstop Kristan Ehrman went 3-for-8 with a triple in each game and had six RBI.

Ehrman tripled home a run in the third inning against Centennial to give the Indians a 2-0 lead.

Against Seton Keough (3-4), Ehrman's three-run triple was the first big blow of a 12-run second inning that featured four hits and eight walks and ended with the Indians in command, 14-0.

Engleman took care of the rest. She struck out at least one batter per inning and did not allow a ball to leave the infield.

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