|Fri, Jul 25, 2014 01:02 PM
April 16, 2014 | 10:42 AM
Hits piled up for the Perry Central softball team last Wednesday, leading to an 11-3 victory at Corydon Central.
Swinging hot sticks, the Lady Commodores tallied 13 hits, with six players having multiple hits. For Corydon Central, errors didn't do the Lady Panthers any favors, as the team committed five.
During the course of seven innings, Corydon Central was able to score once in three. Meanwhile, Perry Central put up crooked numbers in five frames.
Perry Central kicked off the game with two straight hits, one by Morgan Richardson and the other by Brittany Parker. Clearing the bags, Hannah Edwards hit a line-drive triple to right field.
Despite the three key hits, Corydon Central used a dazzling play by center-fielder Payton Windell to double off Edwards. On a short fly, Windell raced in, secured the ball in her glove, while diving toward the infield dirt. Her easy toss to third for the double up ended a potential big inning for Perry Central.
A pair of errors, both on the Lady Panthers infield, set up scoring plays for Perry Central in the second inning. With the bases full and two outs, Corydon Central pitcher Jenna Stiles walked Parker to allow a run to score. A passed ball brought home another run, putting the Lady Commodores up 4-0.
Corydon Central was able to get a run back in the second inning with two outs. Battling through a lengthy at-bat, Bailey Money slapped a ball on the left side of the infield, beating out a wild throw at first base.
Bailey Combs followed by reaching on an error that not only saw her reach first but plated Money.
Despite the run by Corydon Central, Perry Central bounced back with a three-run third. Edwards led off with a double. The bases later were loaded after an error then single by Kosha Wetzel.
Back-to-back singles to right by Perry Central brought two runs home. A third crossed when Parker singled to left, giving the visitors a commanding 7-1 edge.
Trying to help her cause in the circle, Stiles blasted a home run in the fourth inning. Leading off the bottom of the frame, she took the first pitch she saw and blistered it beyond the right-center field fence.
In the previous inning, Windell hit a two-out double to the base of the left-field fence. The shot likely would have been out of the park on many days, but a howling wind blowing toward right kept the ball in play.
Windell finished with a 2-for-4 performance, while the Lady Panthers mustered five hits as a team.
Corydon Central managed one additional run, which came in the sixth. Bethany McClanahan drew a walk and later scored on a wild pitch.
Perry Central scored two in the sixth and two in the seventh for good measure.
Miranda Claise earned the win in the circle, going the distance, striking out six and walking one.
For the Lady Panthers, Stiles took the loss, yielding 13 hits, six earned runs while striking out four.
Corydon Central will hit the road tomorrow (Thursday) to face rival North Harrison at 5 p.m.
Perry Central 223 002 2 – 11 13 4
Corydon Central 010 101 0 – 3 5 5
W – Claise, L – Stiles.
2B – Edwards (PC), Aders (PC), Windell (CC); HR – Stiles (HR).