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Bisch, Wheeler hold off Noll

April 17, 2011
Wheeler High School

By David P. Funk Times Correspondent nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | For a pitcher, it's all about control.

Wheeler starter Emily Bisch definitely had control, both of her pitches and Bishop Noll's hitters, in Monday's 2-0 Bearcat win over the Times No. 4 Warriors in both team's Greater South Shore Conference opener.

"My changeup was on and I threw it a lot more than usual and that made my fastball a little bit more effective," Bisch said. "I was definitely hitting some spots."

The Warriors (1-3, 0-1) only major threat came in the first inning, loading the bases with one out. But Bisch got a groundball fielder's choice and then struck out Sophia Hernandez to get out of the jam.

Bisch walked a batter, hit a batter and gave up a hit in the inning.

"Once you get runners on, it's a little bit more of a defensive (battle) instead of an offensive pitching style," she said. "Even though it did get a little messy there, we were able to pull through and that's something we were able to do a lot."

From there, the Wheeler pitcher settled down and was never again in serious trouble.

"She's a good rhythm pitcher," coach Marc Bruner said. "Once Emily settled in, she got rolling."

Wheeler (4-0, 1-0) broke through in the bottom of the third when Bishop Noll let Ashley Anderson's fly ball drop in the outfield with two outs and two runners on. Both Bearcats scored and Wheeler was up 2-0.

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