Lady Eagle softball stomps West Noble, 11-1

CHURUBUSCO ­— There are ugly wins, and there are lucky wins. The Churubusco Lady Eagles’ win over visiting Northeast Corner Conference foe West Noble was neither lucky nor ugly. ’Busco used solid pitching and an aggressive offense which ground out 14 hits against two West Noble pitchers to come up with an 11-1 win in the game that ended in the fifth via the 10-run mercy rule.Churubusco jumped on the Lady Chargers in the bottom of the first inning, pushing across two runs. The Lady Eagles blew the game open in the bottom of the fourth, tallying four runs to chase West Noble pitcher Kelsi Petersen. The final Lady Eagle run of the inning came when a Blake single drove in Herendeen to give the Eagles a 9-1 lead at the end of four innings.Churubusco set down the Chargers in order in the top of the fifth when pitcher Mariah Herendeen picked up her fourth strikeout of the contest. Pitcher Herendeen controlled the Chargers throughout the game recording 12 first-pitch strikes against the visitors.Churubusco ended the contest in the bottom of the fifth, pushing across another four runs. A double by Pulley, a single by Keener that knocked in one run, another single by Gibson and then another by Labenz that scored a second run, set up a triple by Herendeen that scored Labenz and Gibson to end the contest 11-1.The win ups the Churubusco record to 3-5 going into Friday night’s home contest with Columbia City.