The stage is set
UNION MILLS — After four days of being rained out from all games, South Central sophomore Holly Noveroske was more than ready to get back on the field for the Satellites’ Porter County Conference battle against Hebron.
And not only did the sophomore hurler get right back into form in the circle, Noveroske also was a catalyst on offense Friday against the Hawks.
Noveroske broke a scoreless game in the bottom of the third with a sacrifice bunt RBI, which led to two more runs scoring on a throwing error. In the circle, she fanned 10 Hawks and pitched her way out of a bases-loaded situation in the seventh to preserve a 5-0 South Central win.
The victory improved to Satellites record to 13-3 and, more importantly, 6-0 in the PCC as it heads into Monday’s big battle against Boone Grove.
“It was real nice to just get out on the field,” said Noveroske, who scattered seven hits and walked just one. “It was getting annoying being stuck inside. I felt good on the mound. I can’t say enough about my coaching staff and their help.
In an RBI situation in the third inning with the bases loaded, Noveroske was confident she could get her bat on a pitch to give her team a chance at a maximum run opportunity.
“I just knew I was going to hit the ball when I was in that situation,” she said.
When Hebron attempted a comeback in the top of the seventh, Noveroske kept her composure with the pressure on.
“I just knew I had to throw a good pitch at that moment,” she said. “I was a little nervous, but I was confident in my mechanics and that I would be OK. I feel really confident on the mound. Once I get through that first inning, I keep building myself up.”
Satellites coach Tony Wallace was pleased with Noveroske’s performance and can’t say enough about her overall talent.
“She’s the real deal,” he said. “If she hits her spots, she’s a very dangerous pitcher. She throws well and throws a lot for us. And her bat is phenomenal. She’s a great player.”
Senior shortstop Skyler Wildfong and sophomore outfielder Elle Kimmel added insurance RBIs in the fifth inning, while junior leadoff hitter and catcher Faith Biggs (1-for-1) drew three walks and scored on Noveroske’s sacrifice in the first.
“Walks are always good because, being fast, I still get the chance at steals and puts Delanie Gill (South Central’s RBI leader) in an RBI position,” Biggs said. “Not getting a hit does stink, and I’m not doing that great with my hitting this season.
“But Holly getting that first sacrifice RBI was big, and it led to two more big runs.”
Wallace, who loves the fun element with his Satellites, was equally grateful to finally get in a game, albeit a suddenly colder one at first pitch.
“We got out Wednesday, and we had a good day outside, but this is the first day we’ve been able to touch the field,” he said. “Believe me, they were anxious to play because they’re used to playing three to four games a week. At this stage in the year, what do you do when you’re stuck indoors?
“It’s like trying to find recess for the kids in elementary; it’s like, let’s play dodgeball because we have nothing to do. We try to keep the mood light; there’s lots of camaraderie on the bench and the girls are supporting each other.”
While it was far from S.C.’s best hitting performance of the season, Wallace commended his team for patience at the plate.
“We kept our strikeouts down,” he said. “I give a lot of credit to Hebron’s pitcher (Ellie Wagoner). She kept us off balance for most of the game. We were hitting the ball, but they were all going foul over the fence and by the creek. Hopefully, we can keep that going. We wanted to do well. The hitting was a little off, but I was pleased with everything else.”
South Central 5, Hebron 0
Holly Noveroske struck out 10 in the shutout.