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Maggard quiets Corydon’s bats

Floyd Central and its star pitcher ‘ Katie Maggard ‘ spoiled the first game played on Corydon Central’s new softball field Monday afternoon.
Through six innings, Maggard tossed a no-hitter against the Lady Panthers and fanned nine in the 2-0 victory. April Ehlers came in to close out the no-no by retiring Corydon in the seventh.
‘If you go back over the past few meetings between these two teams, it’s always low scoring, and it’s always a good game. Today was no different,’ Corydon coach Joseph Oakes said.
‘We always start off slow at the plate, and today (Maggard) had us guessing a little bit. Then they changed things up by bringing the other girl in. We’ll get better at the plate as the year wears on.
‘As I told the girls, the only thing I was disappointed in were our errors and one other time when we threw the ball all around the field. Other than that, I was pleased.’
The Lady Highlanders posted the only run they’d need in the top of the first. With two outs, Katie Smith singled in Lauren O’Neal, who had reached on an error.
Floyd marked another run in the top of the fourth.
Corydon had a chance to make things interesting in the bottom of the seventh.
Chrissy Crecelius walked and Dana Beaven was plunked by Floyd relief pitcher Ehlers.
With two runners on, the Lady Panthers got burned by a bit of irony.
Leslie Radcliff smacked a pitch to Lady Highlander second baseman Elaine Briscoe, the daughter of Kim Briscoe, who founded Corydon’s program.
Briscoe alertly scooped up the ball, tagged Beaven and zinged a throw to nail Radcliff at first. Jackie Turner, who came in to pinch run for Crecelius, advanced to third on the play.
Ehlers came through in the save situation, fanning Ashley Kuhn to end the game.
‘We made some nice defensive plays out there, and even though we had as many errors as we did, it only cost us one run,’ Oakes said. ‘Still, we’ve got to cut those errors down.’
Maria McAfee went the distance for the Lady Panthers. She gave up five hits and one walk. Neither of the two runs was earned.
Corydon returns to action today at home against Perry Central, then they’ll travel to Charlestown Thursday and take on Crawford County in the first game of the Providence Tourney on Saturday.