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Corydon Central's Bethany McClanahan puts a charge into the ball for a run-scoring double in the seventh inning for the Lady Panthers. The hit was part of a late inning rally by Corydon Central to defeat Lanesville last Wednesday. Photo by Brian Smith

Lady Panthers' bats come alive


May 07, 2014 | 01:22 PM

Lanesville seemed to be in prime position to pull off a win against visiting Corydon Central last Wednesday.

After tacking on an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Eagles led 6-2 with three outs remaining.

Those three outs took forever to get. Corydon Central's offense came alive in the seventh inning, pounding out an incredible nine consecutive hits. It created a six-run seventh inning that led to a come-from-behind 8-6 win over Class A No. 5 Lanesville.

"I think Lanesville was a little shocked, but these kids have worked really hard," Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. "We're doing a little better with pitch selection."

The coach admitted she was running on fumes, spending the previous day with her daughter, assistant coach Elaine Weaver, as she gave birth to her first child.

Lanesville pitcher Robyn Schoen recorded the first out of the seventh, forcing Aly Chambers to fly out.

Then the hits spectacle commenced, with power at the beginning.

Payton Windell singled to left that was followed by a blast off the bat of Jenna Stiles. The homer not only brought home two runs, it prompted teammate Morgan Nalley to match her. The freshman made it back-to-back blasts with a home run in the same left-field direction as Stiles' dinger.

Crossing the plate for the solo shot, Nalley brought Corydon Central within one, 6-5.

"We are crushing the ball right now," Briscoe said. "(Kristin) Alcorn hits a home run to tie the Jeff game, then Nalley comes up and hit a homer to win the game. Then you see what they did here."

Hitting with two strikes aided Corydon Central with Bailey Money and Kaitlyn Logsdon with consecutive singles.

While Money and Logsdon went deep in the count, Bethany McClanahan liked the first pitch she saw and smoked the ball off the left-field fence. The hit tied the game at six, but Savana Wiseman broke the tie with her at-bat.

Wiseman singled to left, plating the go-ahead run. Alcorn, with a single, brought home the eighth run of the game.

"You think you have a game won, and then the other team just hits the heck out of the ball," Lanesville coach Rusty Cecil said.

The inning finally came to a close for Schoen and the Lady Eagles when she struck out Windell and forced Stiles to fly out.

"We weren't dropping fly balls, booting ground balls and making errors; they were hitting it," Cecil said. "Kim said they've hit a bunch of home runs this year, but the ones hit today came at an opportune time."

Briscoe said the lineup boasts plenty of pop.

"Sluggers are up and down the lineup," she said.

With the two-run lead, Corydon Central's Stiles finished the job in the circle. Lanesville's Katelyn Pavey hit a two-out double in the seventh but was stranded when Stiles fanned the final batter.

"We lost two or three games by one run to some good teams," Briscoe said. "We've had tight ones and never stepped up. It's fun watching these kids have fun. We're trying to tell them to bring their skills, play ball, have fun and love what you do."

Corydon Central scored first when Wiseman drew a bases-loaded walk in the second inning. The lead increased to 2-0 in the fourth when Nalley scored on a ball hit by McClanahan that was misplayed by the Lady Eagles.

Lanesville, however, stormed back in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the fourth, Emma Zeller reached on an error and Erica Daly beat out the throw on a swinging bunt that landed in front of the plate.

Bringing home the needed runs, Annie Parsons cleared the bases with a double to tie the game. Parsons later scored when Pavey, entering as a pinch hitter, slapped a single between shortstop and third base.

Adding two runs in the fifth, Lanesville had its run of consecutive hits. Zeller, Daly, Parsons and Jessica DeWeese combined for four hits in a row. DeWeese's line drive to left scored a pair.

All coming with no outs, Stiles struck out two straight to help end the bleeding.

"I can't take anything away from us," Cecil said. "We scored six runs offensively against a good pitcher. Pavey, coming back from a broken finger, got two hits."

Briscoe said her team had trouble dealing with the middle of Lanesville's lineup.

"Their 2-3-4 hitters were just rocking us," she said. "Our pitcher and catcher didn't adjust the second and third time up the bat."

Despite the eventual 6-2 lead, Lanesville couldn't hang on and succumbed to Corydon Central's hitting streak.

Parsons had a big day at the plate, going 3 for 4 with three RBIs. DeWeese went 2 for 4, plating two runs.

All nine of Corydon Central's starters recorded a hit. Having multiple hits were Stiles and McClanahan with three each and Chambers, Nalley and Money with two each.

"In 38 at-bats, we had 16 hits," Briscoe said. "But don't take that away from what Lanesville did, because they had 11 hits. It was an offensive game back and forth."

"I'm proud they played hard and hit the ball pretty good," Cecil said of his team.

Cecil said the game against Corydon Central will start a string of tough games.

"We have to keep plugging along," Cecil said. "We have a lot of games ahead of us with make-ups. We're playing about every day. Today is our first game back since Thursday."

Corydon Central 010 100 6 8 16 3

Lanesville 000 321 0 6 11 1

W Stiles, L Schoen.

2B McClanahan (CC), Parsons (L), DeWeese (L), Jones (L), Pavey (L); HR Stiles (CC), Nalley (CC).

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