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July 14, 2014

H.S. Softball: Elkhart's Courtney Lindsey earns All-Star MVP


Courtney Lindsey finished off her Elkhart softball career in glowing fashion as she took part in the Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Star game on Friday.


The game featured a pitchers' duel as there was back-and-forth scoring between the red and blue teams, with Lindsey being on the blue team.


Her coach from Elkhart, Brandy Martin, said the game was an intense one throughout as she cheered on her student.


“Courtney had a great game,” Martin said. “It was a really close game without a ton of hits, but you sort of expect that in the All-Star game.”


Going into the bottom of the seventh inning, Lindsey and the blue team were down and fighting for their chance at winning the game when the blue team scored a run to send the game to extra innings.


With the All-Star game, Martin mentioned that the match is only allowed to go to 10 innings at a max, so, when the blue team was seeking a win still in the ninth inning, Lindsey came up to the plate and had two strikes against her.


“In the end, Courtney stepped up and got the hit that they needed to score in the winning run,” Martin said. “Her team was trailing until the seventh inning where they tied it up. So, it made it to the bottom of the ninth where she had two strikes and she was able to get a hit up the middle. It was a great hit and knocked the runners in to score and win the game.”


With that hit and her performance all game featuring no errors, Lindsey earned the game’s Most Valuable Player honors, including a plaque.


“It was really awesome to see her accomplish something like this that she has worked hard for her entire life,” Martin said. “I was really proud of her, because for me, it seemed like the perfect way for her to kind of end her high school career at Elkhart and transition into the college career and start the next chapter for her.

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