Bruner’s sacrifice gives Lady Rebels 1-0 victory
Two teams mired in an offensive drought squared off last Thursday afternoon in Ramsey. It shouldn’t have been a surprise that only one run was scored in the seven-inning affair.
South Central plated its game-winner in the top of the fourth inning to down North Harrison, 1-0.
With no outs, Megan Zumar was walked by the Lady Cats’ Kristina Lambert, went to second on a wild pitch, and then stole third.
After Brittany Tuell struck out, Shannon Bruner laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt, with Zumar sliding across the plate with ease.
North Harrison (0-2), which was coming off an extra-inning, 4-1 loss to Jeffersonville, put two runners on in the final three at-bats but was unable to get any of them across.
“We’ve scored one run in 18 innings, and there’s just no way you can win ball games with a zero on the board,” North coach Barry Geltmaker said. “We’ve also only given up five runs in 18 innings, so, defensively, we are playing well and fielding all of the balls hit to us, but we can’t win if we don’t score.”
South’s skipper, Bob Zumar, savored the victory but added that his team still has a long way to go.
“We’ll settle for (the win) but we still need to get a lot better. I mean, North Harrison had more runners than we did. We were just fortunate to get one run across. That’s all you need, but we need to score a lot more than one run in games like this,” Zumar said.
“We’ve only got one senior on the team, and that’s a lot of youth to have this early in the season. There’s a lot of talent, and I think it’s just a matter of them believing in themselves.”
South’s pitcher, Tuell, struck out eight batters and allowed three hits while Lambert fanned six Lady Rebels and gave up two hits.
For South, Samantha Troutman was 2-3 with four stolen bases. For North, Leigha Bowyer had a single, Brandi Pirtle knocked two singles and Lambert doubled to left.
Defensively, South’s Kim Beanblossom made the play of the game with a diving stop in the hole on the right side on a rip by Pirtle.
“That’s probably the best play she’s made in two years,” Zumar said. “That could have been in the gap for a double or maybe more if she didn’t dive for it. It was just a great play and a great effort. Plays like that show the girls that you have to give 100 percent on every play because you never know what could happen next. If she’s at second or third and no outs, (North) can sacrifice or whatever to get that run across.”