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Wooldridge lifts SC past Cats

Wooldridge lifts SC past Cats
Wooldridge lifts SC past Cats
Above, South Central third baseman Amber Wooldridge makes a throw to first in Friday's championship game of the Harrison County Softball Tournament. Wooldridge had a two-RBI single for the game's only runs. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

It took nearly three weeks, but a winner was finally crowned Friday in the championship game of the Harrison County softball tournament.
Brittany Tuell gave up just two hits and walked one in South Central’s 2-0 shutout of North Harrison.
The Lady Rebels became the first team other than North or Corydon Central to win the county championship. They finished runner-up to Corydon in last year’s 2-1, 8-inning affair.
The contest was originally slated for May 1 at Corydon, but heavy precipitation that morning brought on a make-shift tourney where the regular-season matchup between Corydon and South, and North and Lanesville, were counted as the first-round games for the tournament.
South Central defeated Corydon, 2-1, while North bested Lanesville, 2-0.
The benchmark victory in the title game was all but decided in the first inning.
After shutting down the Lady Cats in the opening frame, Tuell led off the Lady Rebels’ half of the inning with an infield single, and teammate Megan Zumar reached on an error. North’s Kristina Lambert retired the next two batters before South’s Amber Wooldridge singled for the game’s only two runs.
Tuell did the rest, pitching her way out of several jams caused by six errors and keeping the Lady Cats caged.
‘We don’t get a lot of hits, so I guess you could say we are a very opportunistic team. We try to take advantage of situations. We’re definitely not a power team,’ South coach Bob Zumar said.
‘The errors upset me a little bit. We can’t be making those in sectional. One thing, though, is they’ve learned that when they’ve made errors, they are not pouting. They understand that errors are part of the game, and if they make mistakes I’m not going to get on them too much. I’ll get nervous, but that’s it. They stay cool-headed and know that they’ll probably make the play when the ball comes their way again.’
Head coach Ron Mitchell declined comment, but North Harrison assistant John Lambert said Tuell’s arm is what kept his team at bay.
‘She pitched a good game against us. She kept the ball down, and we just didn’t go down after it to hit it,’ Lambert said. ‘Last night we played Crawford County and played about as well as we have all year. Tonight we came out and, I don’t know, just didn’t have that same kind of energy.
‘We had second and third with one out that one inning and had a chance to tie it up and couldn’t get the hit. They got the hit.’
Whitney Wetzel had a single in the fifth inning while Shayne Rhoads legged out a single in the seventh.
Two of the strongest bats for North ‘ Beth Bruner and Kristina Lambert ‘ were held to 0-for-6 day.
‘It’s pretty unusual for Kristina and Beth to both go a night without getting a hit. They are both around 30 hits and about 20 and 25 RBI, so for them to both go without a hit is a rough night for us, but it’s also pretty unusual,’ Lambert said.