By Will Willems
Lebanon — The Zionsville Little League 12U Softball All-Stars cruised through the first three games of pool play at the state tournament, July 11-14.
But things changed in their final pool play game Sunday evening against host Lebanon. Zionsville lost 11-1 in their final game, and despite finishing 3-1, missed out on the state semifinals after tie-breakers were applied.
“They weren’t the same caliber,” Zionsville head coach Mark Kowal said of the first three opponents compared to Lebanon. “I think we were ready for what Lebanon gave us, it just wasn’t our day. Our girls have been fantastic and they really are an awesome team. They just weren’t up to facing Lebanon’s pitcher today.”
Zionsville, who represented District 8 despite not having a district tournament, started off the state tournament by blasting Hebron 28-1.
The Eagles then beat Concord 13-3 and State Park (Chesterton) 17-0 before matching up with Lebanon.
“The first three games we came out ready to go and ready to swing,” Kowal said.”Our girls were ready to go and ready to run. Today it just seemed like they were a little softer. I think they may have been a little tired after playing 10-straight days.”
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.