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County title well worth wait for LHS

Lanesville’s softball team waited 11 years to win a Harrison County Tournament championship, so an additional delay wasn’t going to hurt anything.
The Lady Eagles, ranked No. 3 in the Class 1A poll with a record of 18-1, snared their first-ever county crown on Monday afternoon by defeating host Corydon Central 2-1.
The 11th-annual tourney, originally slated for April 30, was rained out. Using last year’s makeshift round-robin as a precedent, the four county schools were playing each other on May 2, so it was agreed upon once again that the winners from the Corydon Central-South Central and North Harrison-Lanesville games would meet for the championship.
Corydon roared past the Lady Rebels, 7-0, while Lanesville emerged with a 2-1 win over North.
On Tuesday, the Lady Eagles scratched out six hits and took advantage of Corydon’s only error of the game to produce the monumental win.
Lanesville head coach Kayla Straub, a Corydon grad, said the one-run win by her club was by less than she expected.
‘I thought we’d score more runs than that. We hit the ball hard, but it was right at people, or they’d make good plays. Cassie (Mathews) made some really great catches out in left for them and Dana (Beaven) and Leslie (Radcliff) made good plays, too,’ Straub said. ‘We just made a lot of mistakes, silly mistakes, and had some base-running errors. I think it was just one of those games.’
Lanesville’s opening run came in the top of the first.
Leslie Kaufer, Beth Dorgay and Allison Horton all singled to load the bases. Designated hitter Christina Adkins blasted a fly ball to center, which was caught by Corydon’s Sharon Brown, and Kaufer waltzed in safely.
The score would remain 1-0 until the top of the fourth, when the visitors struck again.
With one out, Adkins laid down a sacrifice bunt. Corydon’s pitcher, Samantha Fessel, scooped up the ball and threw to first. The toss was on line, but it met Adkins’ helmet instead of the glove of first baseman Leslie Radcliff.
Adkins stole second. The next batter, sophomore Ashley Simler, knocked a 2-1 pitch to right-center for the eventual game-winning RBI.
Corydon didn’t go down without a fight, however.
In the bottom of the same inning, a one-out free pass to first was delivered to Dana Beaven. Radcliff reached on an error and then Kate Pope came through with a sacrifice RBI.
The Lady Panthers could only manage one hit the rest of the way, with Horton striking out six of the final 10 batters she faced, and 12 in all.
Horton gave up just two hits ‘ a leadoff double by Brown in the first and an infield single by Beaven in the sixth.
‘Obviously we didn’t hit as well as I wanted to,’ Corydon coach J.R. Drummond said. ‘We thought we’d try bunting it, and that didn’t work, either. But, it wasn’t all bad. Kate Pope had two strikes on her and got the run in, and Cassie made some really nice catches. Really, all of my seniors made plays today. We just didn’t make enough of them.’
Drummond said it have been an oversight, but when he and his club sat down at the beginning of the season to plan out their goals, winning the county championship wasn’t one of them.
‘We had two things we wanted: a conference and a sectional. We really didn’t even talk about winning the county. I guess that’s my fault,’ Drummond said.
At least one of Corydon’s two goals was still alive heading into last night’s matchup against Brownstown Central. A win by BC would secure the Mid-Southern Conference title while a victory by Corydon would bring the league crown to Lady Panther Country.
‘Dana walked out of the dugout today after the game and said, ‘That’s okay, girls. We’ll get the MSC tomorrow,’ and I really believe we can win it,’ Corydon’s skipper said. ‘We just have to keep doing what we’ve been doing and that’s hitting the ball and playing good defense.
‘I don’t think many people gave us a chance coming into this season, and I know many people probably don’t think we can beat Brownstown. I think we can play with just about anybody.’


1995 North Harrison 7, South Central 5
1996 Rained out twice; not held
1997 Corydon Central 16, North Harrison 3
1998 Corydon Central 12, Lanesville 11 (12)
1999 Corydon Central 10, North Harrison 2
2000 Corydon Central 8, North Harrison 7
2001 Corydon Central 16, Lanesville 5
2002 Rained out twice; not held
2003 Corydon Central 2, South Central 1 (8)
2004 South Central 2, North Harrison 0
2005 Lanesville 2, Corydon Central 1