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Lanesville pounds South, 14-0

Lanesville pounds South, 14-0
Lanesville pounds South, 14-0
Lanesville junior pitcher Allison Horton fires to the plate in last Thursday's Southern Athletic Conference matchup against South Central. Horton delivered a one-hit shutout and scored three runs in her team's 14-0 victory. (Photo by Alan Stewart)

With the way Lanesville dominated rival South Central Thursday in softball, Lady Eagle head coach Kayla Straub would be wise to watch her heels.
Due to illness, Straub had to miss her team’s Southern Athletic Conference matchup against South. Assistant coach and former teammate at Corydon Central, Beth Baelz, filled Straub’s position and masterfully led the Lady Eagles to a 14-0 victory in six innings.
‘Her job’s safe,’ Baelz joked. ‘It was all the girls. They made me look good.’
Lanesville hit the ground running, and hit the pitches from South sophomore pitcher Justine Huffman even harder. Lanesville pounded out 15 hits, including three each by Beth Dorgay and Leeann Wolfe, and scored in all but one inning.
‘We’ve really been hitting the ball well here lately,’ Baelz said.
On the mound, Lanesville’s Allison Horton had South’s number all afternoon, fanning 13 and giving up just one hit.
To their credit, South team is full of underclassmen.
‘Right now, we’re a freshman team making freshman mistakes. We had kids strike out who didn’t know they struck out. That’s what young teams do. Some of the girls had never even held a softball until this year,’ said Lady Rebel coach Bob Zumar.
‘This is the type of the season where you can’t look at the win-loss record. You just try to get better each and every game and try to teach the game of softball.
‘We have a couple of upper classmen, but our roster is full of freshmen. That’s just the way it goes.’
The only run Lanesville would need came in the top of the first.
Leslie Kaufer walked on four pitches and came in on a single by Dorgay. On the hit, the ball squirted past South’s left fielder to the wall, allowing Kaufer to come across without a throw.
Horton drove in Dorgay with a single, stole second and third, and came home on a ground-out by Christina Adkins.
In the bottom of the inning, South’s lone offensive highlight came in the form of a slap single to right by freshman Brittany Schoen.
Erin Harbeson scored on a RBI single by Brittany Mix in the top of the second and in the top of the fourth, the same duo combined to score Lanesville’s only run. This time, a fielder’s choice by Mix scored her teammate.
Kaufer, Dorgay, Horton and Wolfe all came across in the fifth.
In the sixth, which was highlighted by a triple by Wolfe, Mix, Dorgay, Horton, Adkins and Wolfe all scored to put the game away and set the final score.
‘It’s like when one of them gets going, they all do. There aren’t many weak spots in the lineup,’ Baelz said. ‘They’re a great bunch.’