June 8, 2013

Tri-West Hendricks Earns First State Championship W
In a game that saw the lead change hands three times, the Bruins of Tri-West Hendricks pulled out a 7-4 victory over Yorktown for the 3A softball state championship at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.

Trailing 4-3, the Bruins added two runs in the sixth inning and two more in the seventh for insurance to pick up the school's first softball state title under second-year coach Stacey Rogers. The victory capped a 14-game winning streak and a 25-4 campaign.

With two outs in the Tri-West sixth, senior Taylor Heath singled to centerfield to get things going. Sophomore Lizzie Meyer was tabbed to pinch run for Heath, and with a Sydney Schrack single up the middle, Meyer advanced to second.  Samme Miller then doubled to left field, scoring Meyer and Schrack to put Tri-West ahead 5-4. 

Claire Johnson then blasted a two-run homer to centerfield in the seventh that again scored Meyer for the final margin.

Yorktown's Katy Johnson led off the first inning with a home run giving the Tigers an early 1-0 lead.  Johnson would finish with two runs, three hits and one RBI.

Tri-West answered in the third inning as Miller and Kristy Rawlings both scored in the top of the third inning to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead. Miller would finish with a run, two hits, and two RBI while Rawlings picked up one of each.

The Tigers would score single runs in the third, fourth and fifth innings including Kendra Saunders' fifth inning leadoff homer. She would tie a state championship game record with four base hits.

Winning pitcher Marita Van Dyke ended her sophomore season with a record of 16-1. Yorktown pitcher Grace Lumpkin wraps up her sophomore campaign with a 19-5 record.

Yorktown and head coach Chrissie Saunders closed out 25-5.

Alyssa Clark of Tri-West Hendricks Wins 3A Mental Attitude Award
Members of the IHSAA Executive Committee announced Alyssa Clark of Tri-West Hendricks High School as the winner of this year’s Mental Attitude Award in Class 3A Softball.

Alyssa is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Club, and is a freshman mentor.  She was selected to represent Tri-West Hendricks in YEP (Youth Encouraging Philanthropy), a county youth leadership program. 

She received Academic All-Conference recognition after her volleyball and softball seasons.

Ranked in the top 10% of her class, Alyssa will attend Indiana University in the fall to study Nursing. She is the daughter of Eric and Linda Cark of Pittsboro.

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the proud corporate partner of all IHSAA tournaments, presented a $1,000 scholarship to Tri-West Hendricks High School in the name of Alyssa Clark.