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NH miscues costly in 2-1 setback to Lanesville

A couple of errant throws were all that separated the North Harrison and Lanesville softball teams Monday afternoon.
The host Lady Eagles marked a pair of runs in the bottom of the third inning to pick up the slim, 2-1 victory.
What made Lanesville’s scores unique was that neither Brittany Mix nor Allison Horton were driven in on batted balls by their teammates.
Mix, who accounted for two of Lanesville’s three hits, scored on a wild pitch from Lady Cat starting pitcher Kayla Waynescott, and Horton came in on a high throw to third from North catcher Brandi Pirtle.
The rest was left up to Horton: she fanned 12, scattered two hits and got out of a couple of jams that could have spelled doom for Lanesville (10-1).
The Lady Cats (5-10) stranded six runners, with four in scoring position.
Lanesville, which received six free passes to first, wasn’t much better at converting its chances.
‘We couldn’t lay down a bunt to save our lives,’ Lanesville coach Kayla Straub said. ‘We had a lot of opportunities out there. I thought we really played down a little bit today and didn’t play up to our normal level. I’m not sure why.’
After Lanesville punched two on the board in the bottom of the third, the Lady Cats bounced back with a score in the top of the fourth.
Ashley Sant drew a rare walk from Horton and went to second on a picture-perfect sacrifice by Pirtle. Cortney Thieneman reached on a dropped third strike, sending Sant to third base.
Renee Sullivan then came through with a groundout to second to mark the RBI.
North saw a prime scoring opportunity frittered away in the next frame.
Jenna Schneider reached on an error and stole second and third.
Unfortunately for the Lady Cats, she never got a whiff of home plate as Horton got Brooke Auberry to pop out to third, struck out Leigha Bowyer, walked Kristen Benz, then fanned Sant to end the threat.
‘Allison came through and pitched well when she had to,’ Straub said. ‘That’s just typical Allison in that situation.
‘The strike zone seemed to be all over the place, and I think that affected her a little bit, but she pitched through it.’
Horton, who accounted for Lanesville’s only other hit of the game, pushed her record to 8-1.
Pirtle had a first-inning double to account for one of North’s two hits. The other came on a sixth-inning single by Sullivan.
Waynescott was dealt a difficult loss, dropping her to 0-6 on the season. She struck out six and only gave up two hits, but she also walked four Lady Eagle batters.
Lanesville hosts Perry Central today and Paoli tomorrow. Both games start at 5:30.
The Lady Cats host M.S.C. foe Austin on Thursday at 5:45 in a game that will debut their new diamond (site of the former baseball field).
Corydon shuts out Lady Rebels, 7-0
Corydon Central’s Cortney Cato won her third game of the season Monday when the host Lady Panthers shut out South Central, 7-0.
Corydon posted three runs in each of the first two innings before driving home the final nail in the bottom of the sixth.
The youthful Lady Rebels (3-9) had eight hits but were hampered by an equal number of errors.
Senior Dana Beaven had a double for Corydon, which had six hits and improved to 8-6 on the season.
Corydon travels to Tell City today (Wednesday) in a 6 p.m. start and then returns to the Mid-Southern Conference slate tomorrow at Salem for a 5:30 game.
South Central heads to New Washington on Thursday at 5 p.m. in a key Southern Athletic Conference matchup.

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