CADIZ - Indian Creek took advantage of an error by host Harrison Central to score a pair of runs in the top of the first inning and then used some tough defense to make them hold up in a 2-0 win Friday at Sally Buffalo Park.
"We finally played a good defensive ball game," said Angela Penner of her Lady Redskins error free performance. "We knew coming in (Katie) Ellzy was a good pitcher and I have to say our girls got off the bus today ready to play."
All the damage happened in the opening moments of the ball game as Ashley Shimko hit a hard ground ball fielded by Harrison's short stop deep in the hole, beating out the throw to first for a single.
Ashley Starr followed suit with a ground ball that would carom off the glove of the second baseman and ricochet into center field, allowing the Indian Creek seniors to occupy first and second.
Clean up hitter Paige DeMattio moved the pair into scoring position where freshman Paige Geanangel would take the next pitch and drop it down the line into shallow right field plating both of her teammates accounting for the only RBIs of the game.
"That was a key hit," Penner said. "I also have to mention the two seniors, they are team leaders, they got the bat on the ball and scored those two runs for us."
Ellzy allowed just one more hit in the top of the seventh as the Lady Redskins would not threaten again stranding just two more base runners in the contest. The freshman hurler settled in and struck out eight and allowed one walk.
On the mound for the Redskins Starr was equally impressive shutting out the typically productive Huskies line up. Indian Creek's mound ace struck out five and issued no free passes.
Harrison Central had four hits, stranded six base runners and committed two errors.
"I am disappointed in the loss, but overall it was a well played game by both teams," said Harrison Central's Don Bethel. "However, I am not unhappy with our performance, they had two infield hits and a seeing eye single to right field other than that I thought we did a great job of shutting them down.
"We have been struggling to score runs. Give credit to Starr tonight, she pitched well and had good control."
Indian Creek improves to 15-4 and will face Brooke today in a doubleheader while the Huskies (12-7) travel to Weir for a twinbill.
Indian Creek 2, Harrison Central 0
Indian Creek 200 000 0 - 2 3 0
Harrison Central 000 000 0 - 0 4 2
INDIAN CREEK (14-4): Starr (WP, 5K, 0BB) and Orr; Geanangel S, 2rbi; Shimko S; Barz S.
HARRISON CENTRAL (12-7): Ellzy (LP, 8K, 1BB) and Dodds; Shultz 2S; Fenstamaker S; Dunlap S.