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Gibson Southern blanks Lady Panthers

Gibson Southern blanks Lady Panthers
Gibson Southern blanks Lady Panthers
Jennifer Ziliak put the tag on Corydon's Sharon Brown early in the game. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

In softball, getting runners on base is only part of the equation for success. The rest lies in getting those runs across the plate.
In the second game of Saturday’s South Spencer Class 2A Regional in Rockport, Gibson Southern proved to be a bit more proficient in its offense and came away with a 2-0 victory over Corydon Central.
The Lady Panthers (20-7) had runners set to score four times during the duel but failed to convert on any of their chances. Meanwhile, the Lady Titans also had four runners in scoring position. Pitcher Allie May blasted a double for an RBI and Kimberly Zimmerman knocked a single for the other run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
May and Zimmerman are the only seniors on Gibson’s roster.
In the first game, Evansville Memorial defeated West Vigo by a 2-0 margin as well. Gibson Southern wound up knocking off the defending 2A state champs, 2-1, in 11 innings on a home run by Valerie Hale in the bottom of the inning.
Corydon laced the ball early on as Sharon Brown and Alisha Mosier both lined out to right field. Coach Joseph Oakes thought his club was set for a strong showing at the plate.
‘We hit the ball hard and hit it early, but we couldn’t get a hit past them,’ Oakes said. ‘It was just one of those things where we couldn’t get anything to fall.’
The Lady Panthers managed just one hit, by Brandi Keller, in the top of the seventh inning, while Mosier, Ann Powers, Maria McAfee and Dana Beaven all reached via error or walk.
In the third inning, Corydon had Powers and McAfee at second and third with two outs, but May struck out Mosier, looking. In the fourth, Beaven reached on an error and worked her way to third before May got out of the jam with a weak pop-out and a ground-out. In the fifth, Powers walked and moved to second on a sacrifice but got caught in a rundown. Then, in the sixth, Mosier was issued a one-out walk and Beaven reached on a fielder’s choice before being caught stealing second.
‘We got them on, but we couldn’t get the big hit to get them in, and (Gibson Southern) did. I can’t ask for anything more out of my team,’ Oakes said.
Mosier, who signed last month to play softball at St. Mary’s In The Woods College at Terre Haute, struck out 13. She retired 12 of the first 13 batters she faced and didn’t allow a base hit until the bottom of the fourth inning.
The Lady Titans’ Valen Eberhand singled and stole second to lead off the top of the fifth and Mosier fanned Valerie Rhoads and Jessica Ralph.
May, who went the distance for the winners, doubled to the gap in left-center and moved to third on a wild pitch. That’s when Zimmerman laced a 1-2 pitch for the second run.
Mosier threw just 88 pitches, May 83.
The total scores from the three games were 2-0, 2-0 and 2-1, the second lowest output in the state … On the four teams’ rosters, there were just a total of eight seniors (West Vigo had two, Corydon four, Gibson two and Evansville Memorial none) … Gibson Southern advances to the Class 2A Final Four to face off against Norwell, and New Palestine squares off against Hanover Central.