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Trying to beat out a grounder on the infield, Corydon Central's Kaitlyn Logsdon and a pair of Salem fielders touch first base together. Logsdon was ruled out on the play. Photo by Brian Smith

Corydon can't slow 2-3-4

May 14, 2014 | 11:20 AM

When it was Salem's turn to bat, its 2-3-4 hitters came up with runs.

Scoring a pair of runs each, Alex Davidson, Chelsie Strong and Courtney Moon provided the tallies Thursday as the visiting Lady Lions knocked off Corydon Central, 8-5.

With Salem holding at one loss in Mid-Southern Conference play, tied with Charlestown, the Lady Panthers were looking to play spoilers. It wasn't to be, despite Corydon Central slugger Payton Windell knocking her fifth home run over the fence in the opening inning.

The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak by the Lady Panthers.

"We've been on a roll and a hot streak," Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. "We've done some really nice things. Giving up a one-strike triple was tough. We let everyone hit after that."

Moon provided the opening runs for Salem, hitting a single up the middle, plating a pair. Corydon Central's Jenna Stiles came back strong, striking out the next two batters.

Trailing 2-0, it was Windell's bat that electrified the Lady Panthers. Kristen Alcorn started the bottom half with a hit but was eventually forced out when Aly Chambers grounded into a fielder's choice.

Stepping up to the plate, Windell brought Chambers home with a blast over the fence. As Windell leaped to touch home plate, the scoreboard showed a knotted score at 2.

"That's our 13th home run," Briscoe said. "The top six hitters, all but one have hit it out of the park. Our biggest enemy is mental toughness. We're looking for guts and grit."

To take the lead for good, Salem provided some pop in the third. Strong lofted a shot well over the fence for a one-out solo blast. Salem added another run when Davidson singled to right.

Corydon Central's Bethany McClanahan and Alcorn reached on singles in the second but were left stranded. Runners couldn't come around in the third either, with lead-off hits by Windell and Stiles not leading to scores.

Salem broke the game open in the fifth, putting a four-spot on the board to increase its lead to 8-2.

Davidson began with a triple to center over the out-stretched arm of Windell. Following an infield error, Salem's offense clicked to the tune of three straight singles.

Corydon Central fought back, bringing eight batters to the plate in a three-run sixth inning. Chambers scored McClanahan with a ball that was misplayed between the second baseman and right field for Salem. Windell added another RBI to her total with a single, then Stiles plated Chambers when she reached on an error.

Although Corydon Central cut the lead to three, the Lady Panthers couldn't get any closer.

"This loss was a reality check," Briscoe said. "We played a team (that) may have more skills, but it was a game that, if we make a few different plays, it could be a different outcome."

It wasn't the cleanest effort from either squad in the field. Salem posted five errors, while Corydon Central had three. In the top of the sixth inning, Corydon Central prevented additional runs when right fielder Morgan Nalley began a double play. Breaking in for a sharp line drive, Nalley made the catch and caught Alex Davidson out of position, having the ball beat her back to the bag before tagging up.

Windell finished the game 3 for 4 with three RBIs, while teammate Chambers scored two times.

Stiles took the loss, giving up four earned runs and striking out nine.

Alex Davidson paced the Salem offense, going 3 for 4. Emily Brishaber earned the win in the circle.

"These are great kids," Briscoe said. "At this point, our mental toughness needs to get better these last three weeks. I'm confident these kids are going to be there come sectional week."

Corydon Central has a busy week of games. The Lady Panthers played at Scottsburg last night (Tuesday), will host Meade County today, Austin tomorrow and will play at Providence on Friday.

Salem 202 040 0 – 8 9 5

Corydon Central 200 003 0 – 5 8 3

W – Brishaber, L – Stiles.

2B – Alex Davidson (S), Garlock (S); 3B – Alex Davidson (S); HR – Strong (S), Windell (CC).


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