Corydon socks Salem, 10-0
Not even Miss Cleo could have predicted what happened on Corydon Central’s softball field Thursday afternoon.
Powered by a four-hit, 10-strikeout shutout by junior hurler Alisha Mosier, a five-run third inning and an inside-the-park home run by Sam Mathews, the host Lady Panthers throttled 2A’s pre-season No. 9 team, Salem, 10-0.
Lady Lions pitcher Tyler Motsinger had just one strikeout and surrendered 10 hits while her field-mates committed seven errors.
Freshman Dana Beaven reached base three times with a pair of RBI, Katie Crecelius had a pair of singles and a RBI, Mathews scored twice and had a single to go along with her homer. Jenna Lillpop scored once, Lindsey Gifford scored a trio of times on a pair of walks, Chrissy Crecelius marked an RBI single, Lindsey Beaven had a single, a RBI and scored twice, and Brandi Keller came in for a pitch-hitting effort in the bottom of the third and smacked a two-RBI single to right.
Simply put, everything that could go right for Corydon — and wrong for Salem — did.
No one was more surprised than Lady Panther coach Joseph Oakes.
“That’s not quite the way I imagined this game turning out. We hit the ball a lot better than I thought we would, and Salem just never really got on track and never really hit the ball very well.
“Alisha came out on fire and struck out quite a few. She kept bringing strikes to them. She’d get down and come right back real good pitches. The only hits they had were little bloop hits.”
After a scoreless first inning, Corydon posted two in the bottom of the second when Gifford was hit by a pitch, moved to second on a bunt by Chrissy Crecelius, and scored on an error. Lindsey Beaven scored when her younger sister Dana had a two-out base knock to right center.
The Lady Panthers did the most damage in the fifth, when they scored five runs on four hits and an error.
In the fourth, Mathews slapped the ball down the right field line, which slopes downhill to the corner. With an easy triple already in the book, Oakes decided to send his senior to the plate for the homer.
“She was a little bit behind and just ripped the ball. It just kept going and going and going. She probably would have been canned at home if it was a good throw, but she was fortunate enough that it wasn’t,” Oakes said.
“She was coming around, and I’m already giving her the sign, and she stutter-stepped around third, and I’m like, ‘Oh great. I just cost her a home run.’ ”
Then Gifford scored on a wild sequence of plays: she reached via a walk, went to second on an error by Salem second baseman Sara Hacker, who overthrew first. First baseman Misty Loveday then overthrew her third baseman, Allison Field, who compounded matters by overthrowing catcher Jill Backus while trying to gun Gifford at the plate.
With a 9-0 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, Corydon wrapped up the win when Susan Yates walked, moved to second when Dana Beaven was hit by a pitch, moved to third on an infield bunt single by Mosier, and scored on Katie Crecelius’ only knock of the game.
“It turned out to be a real good win for us,” Oakes said.