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1997 NSA State Tourney

Played in Merrillville, IN July 19-20


All games on Saturday, July 19 were played with a one hour time limit, due to Friday's games being rained out. Games played on Sunday, July 20 were played with a one hour, fifteen minute time limit.

Saturday, July 19

Game One
Shockers 3 - Indiana Magic 0

In the top of the first, lead off hitter Heather Gapinski walked, was sacrificed to second by Casey Stephens, and scored on Suzie Ekaitis' sac fly.

In the second, Jorie Flores singled, went to second on a passed ball, and scored on Danielle Garnett's single.

In the fourth, Cyndi Hatala singled, was sacrificed to second by Jorie Flores, and scored on Katie Rak's single.

The Shockers defense played well behind pitcher Danielle Garnett, with only a single error. Garnett scattered 3 hits over five innings and struck out 4.

Game Two
Shockers 4 - Royal Center Rockets 0

Once again, the Shockers scored in the first inning. In the bottom of the inning (with one out) Casey Stephens was hit by a pitch, Jenny Linders and Suzie Ekaitis walked. Tracy Horvath singled to drive in one run, and the ball got by the center fielder and the other two runners scored on the error. The Shockers added the final run in the bottom of the fifth, before the game was called due to the time limit.

The Shockers played errorless defense. The Rockets only had more than one runner in only the fifth inning and that threat was turned away when the Rockets hit into a double play. The ground ball double play went from shortstop Jenny Linders, to Jorie Flores at first, and then to catcher Katy Ray to cut down the runner trying to score.

Ami McQueary got the win, giving up 5 hits and while she only struck out 1, she did not walk any.

Game Three
Shockers 4 - Indiana Shooters 3

Continuing a trend, the Shockers once again scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Lead off hitter Heather Gapinski singled, and scored when the right fielder made an error on Jenny Linders fly ball.

This time the lead did not hold up as the Shooters scored 2 runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead. They managed this with only 1 hit in the inning, but the Shockers contributed 2 errors to the Shooters rally.

With time expired the bottom of the sixth was the Shockers last at bat unless they tied the game. Heather Gapinski once again lead off with a single, Casey Stephens sacrificed Heather to second, and reached on fielder's choice when the Shooters tried unsuccessfully to retire Heather at second. Jenny Linders walked to load the bases and Tracy Horvath drove in the tying run with a sac fly. Tied 2-2

Because time had expired the seventh inning was started with the international tie breaker in effect. The Shooters scored the tie break runner in their half of the inning when, once again, the Shockers defense committed 2 errors. The Shockers scored the tie break runner (Stephanie Langbeen) with sacrifices by Katie Rak and Jorie Flores. Tied 3-3.

In the eighth the Shockers defense held. The Shooters sacrificed the tie break runner to third, but a safety squeeze did not work when the bunt went directly to Jorie Flores at first and the last Shooter hitter struck out. The Shockers tie break runner (Danielle Garnett) was sacrificed to third by Sarah Natalie, after a ground out to the pitcher, Casey Stephens walked and stole second. Garnett scored when Jenny Linders ground ball was booted by the Shooter short stop.

Danielle Garnett was the winning pitcher. In eight innings she gave up 2 hits , struck out 8, walked 1, and hit 1 batter.

Sunday, July 20, 1997

Game Four
Indiana Gators 7 - Shockers 4

The Shockers could not mount any offense until they were 7 runs down. In their last at bat, the Shockers tried to fight back scoring 4 runs on 5 hits. IN the inning Heather Gapinski lead off with a triple, was driven in by Casey Stephens' single. Singles by Jenny Linders and Suzie Ekaitis loaded the bases. Casey scored on Tracy Horvath's sac fly, with the other two runners moving up on the throw home. Katie Rak drove in Jenny and Suzie with a single.

Game Five
So. Indiana Express 3 - Shockers 0

This was a scoreless tie for five innings. In the top of the sixth the Express scored 3 runs on 4 hits, including a lead off triple.

In their final at bat the Shockers could only muster 1 hit, a single by Cyndi Hatala. The Shockers had runners on base in every inning but the second, but couldn't push them across the plate. Cyndi Hatala was 2 for 3 in the game.

Becky Rhyne pitched four and a third scoreless innings as the starter. She was relieved by Ami McQueary in the fifth, with 1 out, after giving up a hit and a walk. Ami got a fly ball to center and a soft liner to short to close out the Express threat, but ended up the loser when the Express rallied an inning later.

Summary

The Shockers finished in the top six, with 28 teams participating
Record this tourney: 3-2

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Published Monday, July 21, 1997
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