Panthers Deliver in Crucial Moments as Bloomington South Takes 4A Crown
June 15, 2014HOOSIER SPORTS 365
In the nightcap of the 2014 IHSAA Softball State Finals, Bloomington South used a combination of opportunistic hitting and efficient defense to take home the first softball state championship in the school’s history.
Hamilton Southeastern struck first, as junior Ashley Rohr drove in senior Natalie Heiniger with an RBI single in the top of the third inning. Bloomington South didn’t flinch, as they responded immediately in the bottom half of the third. With the bases loaded and two outs, freshman Addie Benham delivered with a bases clearing double, which put the Panthers up 3-1. They added two more runs in the fifth inning and another in the sixth.
Bloomington South ace Olivia White, a junior, pitched seven strong innings, giving up only one earned run while striking out eight. She was backed by a defense that made smart, athletic plays throughout the night, limiting the Royals offense to only two runs on eight hits.
Hamilton Southeastern and head coach David Cook finished the season 23-11 following the school’s third appearance in the softball state championship (2007, 2010, 2014). Head coach Meg Montgomery’s Panthers finished 21-8, capturing the school’s first ever softball state title.
Bloomington South’s Elizabeth Getz Wins 4A Mental Attitude Award
An offensive threat for the Panthers, Getz leads Bloomington South in batting average (.414), hits (41), and runs (25). She was named to the All-Conference Indiana Honorable Mention teams in 2013 and 2014, and was selected to play in the East-West All-Star game in 2013.
The standout student holds a 4.1 grade point average, is a member of the National Honor Society, and has served as president of the Spanish Club for the past two years. This year, she was the recipient of the Principals Scholar Award and President’s Award for Excellence.
The daughter of Kevin and Deb Getz, Elizabeth will continue her softball career at DePauw University, where she plans to study Elementary Education.
The IHSAA Executive Committee presented a $1,000 scholarship to Bloomington South High School in the name of Elizabeth Getz.