Corydon tags Silver Creek, CAI
Corydon Central picked up its second win in a row yesterday afternoon here, turning back Silver Creek in five innings, 11-1.
Last week, Corydon drilled Christian Academy, 33-2.
As for yesterday’s contest, whether it was the Lady Panthers’ clutch hitting or Creek’s inability to get a third out, Corydon first-year coach J.R. Drummond was thrilled by picking up his first win in the Mid-Southern Conference.
‘We don’t have a dominant pitcher, but she throws strikes and that’s what you need in this game. I have no worries about our defense or our offense,’ Drummond said. ‘We made a mental mistake in the field and it cost us one run, but outside of that, we hit the ball and we fielded it. We’ve got a lot of experience on the field and I think it’ll pay off this year.’
Leading the way for the Lady Panthers was senior Dana Beaven.
The vacuum-like shortstop swung a mean stick, going 3-4 with four RBI and one run scored. In the field, she had eight put-outs.
‘I think she’s the best shortstop in the conference and probably one of the best in this part of the state,’ Drummond boasted. ‘She makes it look effortless. If the ball is hit her way, she’s money.’
Silver Creek drew first blood after Allison Turk reached on Corydon’s lone error of the game. The Lady Dragon’s pitcher, Allie Trester, drove Turk in with a ground ball up the middle.
Corydon’s turned the tide on the Lady Dragons in the bottom of the opening frame, however.
Katie Robson singled and Sharon Brown was plunked by Trester. Chrissy Crecelius singled to lead the bases, and Beaven followed with a two-RBI double. Leslie Radcliff grounded into a force out, however she plated a run, and Cassie Mathews followed suit with a sacrifice bunt for another RBI.
With two outs, pitcher Samantha Fessel (2-1) recorded a single, stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. The next delivery from Trester bounced to the backstop, allowing Fessel to come across.
Two innings later, Corydon plated four more runs, and all came with two outs on the board.
Cheyenne Wright singled to left and Mallory Gerdon recorded a hit as well. Robson walked to load the bases. Brown delivered a single to left for two RBI, and after a walk by Crecelius, Beaven singled for two more runs.
The final two scores came on a single by Wright (followed by three straight wild pitches) in the fourth inning; and an error by shortstop Jessica Stemle that allowed the game-ending run across.
Fessel struck out two in the win.
The Lady Panthers (2-1) return to the diamond today at Perry Central before taking on Charlestown in another Mid-Southern Conference game on Thursday.