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NH, SC advance in softball tourney

The ‘Cardiac Kids’ brought out the defibrillator once again for the make-shift opener of the Harrison County Tournament on Monday afternoon.
South Central gutted out a 2-1 decision over Corydon Central in 11 innings.
The winning score came after junior Samantha Troutman roped a one-out triple to the fence. Melissa Biesel struck out, but advanced to first on a dropped third strike, and Amber Wooldridge singled to load the bases.
Corydon pitcher Maria McAfee uncorked a throw to South’s Justine Huffman, however the ball bounced once about three feet in front of the intended target and then careened off the front of the plate. As McAfee’s battery-mate behind the dish ‘ Chrissy Crecelius ‘ dashed to the backstop to fetch the ball, Troutman scored easily from third.
‘They did it to me again,’ Lady Rebels coach Bob Zumar said. ‘We’ve played 12 games and six of them have been overtime. I’m used to it now.
‘After we both scored in the first inning I thought it was going to be a 4-3 type of ball game, but nothing happened after that. Both sides had their chances to score and both sides played excellent defense. When you have two teams play good defense, it always keeps you in the ball game. Their girl made a great stop at short late in the game and we made some nice plays, too. It was just a well played game by both teams.’
The Lady Rebels advance to the championship game of the tournament and will face North Harrison at Corydon Central’s softball field on Friday, May 21, at 6 p.m.
The Lady Cats trimmed Lanesville, 2-0, on Monday afternoon.
The tourney was originally slated for this past Saturday, however heavy rains in the morning turned the new field at CCHS into a quagmire.
‘You probably have to say that both teams are even,’ Corydon coach Joseph Oakes said. ‘This one could have gone either way. They played it smart. They wouldn’t let (Dana) Beaven hit.
‘(Brittany) Tuell is probably one of the better pitchers in the area when it comes to keeping batters off balance. She’s not going to overpower you, but she’ll keep you off balance.’
Each team scratched their first batter across in the first inning.
For the Lady Panthers, Sharon Brown reached on an infield single and moved to second on a wild pitch. Crecelius singled to push Brown to third, and then Beaven hit a sacrifice fly for the RBI.
In the bottom half, Tuell hit a frozen rope over Ashley Kuhn’s head at third base and then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Megan Zumar. Dana Evans grounded out and Shannon Bruner singled to left for the RBI.
Corydon loaded the bases with two outs in the third, but failed to capitalize, and South had runners at second and third with two outs in the fifth and couldn’t come through, either.
When Troutman bashed her triple to the gap in right center, Zumar said he had one thing in mind: end the game ASAP.
‘We wanted to pull a suicide-squeeze there The problem is that the girls haven’t fully grasped how important bunting in that situation is or could be. If we happen to get to a regional, you can bet the teams we’ll be playing will try to do that to us. There are going to be extra-inning, 1-0 ball games and if you get a runner at third with less than two outs, you have to be able to execute a suicide squeeze,’ Zumar said.
Biesel struck out, but the ball came loose and she ran to first (and then second). Wooldridge singled, but the ball wasn’t deep enough to score Troutman.
‘I had just told Samantha right before that the pitcher sometimes makes bad pitches, to be ready. And son of a gun if she didn’t make a bad pitch right after I told her to be aware of it,’ Zumar said. ‘She had done that a couple of times during the ball game. When you start getting into the late innings, you start getting a little tired and sometimes bad things happen.
‘I couldn’t have drawn it up any better. I had a fast girl on third and if she got out at the plate, I had my next fastest standing over at second and she would have been at third.’
Oakes said his team played well right off the bat
‘Chrissy had two hits and Dana had two hits and we had a couple more down through there. We just didn’t get them when we needed to. We had an opportunity with bases loaded and we struck out. It was just one of those things,’ Corydon’s skipper said.
NH 2, LHS 0
Beth Bruner doubled and tripled for the Lady Cats in a 2-0 victory over Lanesville on Monday.
North will play South Central on May 21 at Corydon at 6 p.m. in the championship game of the Harrison County Tournament.
Reneee Sullivan went to first and second on a Lanesville error and Brunner knocked her in on a hard-hit triple for the only run North would need in the win.
For good measure, Charissa Brooks singled in Bruner for the second and final run of the ball game.
Kristina Lambert (11-4) struck out seven in the win while Allison Horton (6-5) fanned nine.
Lanesville had just three hits in the shutout, with the host club connecting for five.

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