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Corydon Central's Payton Windell crosses home plate as teammates clamour to congratulate the senior on hitting a two-run homer against Borden. (click for larger version)

Lady Panthers fall in opener

April 02, 2014 | 11:54 AM

Wind gusts brought a chill to spectators and players on the opening day of softball for the Corydon Central program Thursday.

Although the wind swirled mightily, Lady Panther slugger Payton Windell had the highlight of the day, squaring up a ball that was launched through the gusts and over the fence. Her two-run blast, however, was about all the offense Corydon Central could muster against Borden.

The visiting Lady Braves utilized a steady pitching performance by Paige Schindler along with scoring at least a run in four of seven innings to secure a 5-2 victory over Corydon Central.

"We were not mentally tough today, but I'm glad there is just one first game," Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. "We have 25 more to go."

Schindler was not only solid in the circle, striking out 11 for the win during seven innings, she also provided three hits.

Scoring in the first two innings were the Lady Braves. Riley Schindler scored on a fielder's choice with one out in the first. In the second, a lead-off walk to Carrie Farvour eventually turned into a run. Out of the nine-hole, Caitlin McKinley plated Farvour with a single.

During the first two innings, the Lady Braves swiped three bases.

"We talk about fitness and being ready to play physically when the season comes around," Briscoe said. "I thought Borden was a much more fit team than we were."

Following a scoreless third, Corydon Central finally got the bats going the second time through the order. Lead-off Kristin Alcorn hit the first pitch she saw for a single. A sac bunt by Chambers scooted Alcorn from first to third, setting the table for Windell.

The extra base on the sacrifice didn't matter, as Windell crushed the bright yellow ball well over the left-field fence.

Briscoe said Windell worked hard in the weight room between volleyball and softball seasons. The bomb to left vindicated the added power.

Momentum, however, stalled out after Jenna Stiles reached on a single. Savana Wiseman's bunt at first base turned into a Borden double play, limiting the damage.

"You aren't going to win a lot of ballgames with only three hits," Briscoe said.

Doubles became key for Borden in the fifth and sixth innings. Paige Schindler led off the fifth with a double and eventually scored when Kristen Nestor grounded into a fielder's choice to the pitcher.

With a 3-2 lead, Borden added two insurance runs in the sixth. With two outs, Borden strung together four straight hits, including run-scoring doubles by Riley and Paige Schindler.

"This is Borden's fourth year playing, and I told our girls it doesn't matter the level of the opponent, you have to show up and play," Briscoe said. "Going into the game, we didn't know if Borden was better than us or we were better than them. But we don't need to worry about the other team, but worry what we do every day to prepare for games."

During the final three innings for the Corydon Central offense, the Lady Panthers failed to put on a runner. Paige Schindler struck out six of the final nine batters, including the side in the seventh.

"We had sophomores getting starts in left and right field and at catcher," Briscoe said. "They struggled at the plate. There was nothing in the bottom third of the line-up as far as production."

Briscoe said they are working in a new catcher in Chelsey Smith, which may take some adjustments. A pair of probable starters also sat out due to discipline.

"We're in a bad rhythm to start the season, but there is no reason for how we approached the offensive part of the game today," Briscoe said.

In the circle, Stiles gave up five earned runs during six innings, striking out seven and walking three.

Borden 110 012 0 5 9 0

Corydon Central 000 200 0 2 3 1

W P. Schindler (1-0), L Stiles (0-1).

2B P. Schindler (B) 2, R. Schindler (B), Shouse (B); HR Windell (CC).


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