Lanesville trips Corydon; Horton nears 1k
Thanks to the arm of senior Allison Horton and a few timely hits from unconventional places, Lanesville’s softball team was able to power past Corydon Central, 11-2, on a cold and blustery Monday afternoon.
Horton struck out 13 batters, giving her 228 strikeouts on the season, and 988 strikeouts for her high school career.
The Campbellsville University-signee had the Lady Panthers on their heels throughout her three-hitter.
Horton walked just three batters.
The only base knocks by the visitors came in the form of freshman Megan Fessel (two hits) and sophomore Jordon Behagg (one hit).
‘We played pretty well today. I can’t really find anything to complain about,’ Lanesville coach Kayla Straub said. ‘I was a little worried coming in because our pitching machine broke and we haven’t hit a whole lot, but we hit both of Corydon’s pitchers pretty well.
On the opposite side of the diamond, Corydon coach Kim Briscoe said her team did not come ready to play.
‘Defensively we were not aggressive, offensively we had not faced a pitcher with Alli’s talent for a while.
‘Our pitching was behind most of the night and this allowed Lanesville to have a good night at the plate. If we decide to play all parts of the game every inning we could be a really good team. We have not figured that our yet. The season is running out and the next part of the season ‘ tournament play ‘ starts next week. I hope the light comes on!’
Corydon struck first by scratching out a run in the top of the first when Behagg walked, moved to third on a throwing error and scored on a passed ball.
Lanesville bounced right back to tie the game in its half.
Allison Wolfe walked and stole second, then moved to third on a two-out single by Horton.
Wolfe scored on a passed ball to tie the affair.
After holding Corydon scoreless in the next frame, the Lady Eagles posted a three-spot.
Lady Panther starter Courtney Cato walked the bases loaded, then Lanesville freshman shortstop Erin Dorgay blasted a bases-clearing double to left-center.
In the third, Horton walked, stole second and went to third on a fielder’s choice. She scored on a sacrifice fly by Erin Harbeson for a 5-1 lead.
Corydon was able to post its final run of the game in the top of the fifth.
Fessel had a one-out single and advanced to second and third on passed balls. Brittany Flenor, a freshman, came through in the clutch with a fielder’s choice RBI.
‘The top of our lineup did its job,’ Briscoe said.
Lanesville posted three runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to put the contest away.
In the fifth inning against freshman relief pitcher Shelby Bickel, Lanesville’s Ashley Royalty, Harbeson and Simler all came across, with LeeAnn Wolfe (two RBI) and Beth Glomb (one RBI) driving in the runs.
The sixth inning saw Beth Dorgay, Horton and Harbeson all score, with pinch hitters Amanda Johnson (one RBI) and Christina Adkins (two RBI) coming through with run-scoring singles.
‘Today should give us plenty of confidence because our hitting wasn’t very good lately,’ Straub said.
Sectionals begin Monday at Lanesville, Silver Creek
The 22nd annual state softball tournament kicks off next week.
In Class 1A at Lanesville’s Sectional 60, play starts Monday at 5 p.m. as Henryville battles South Central.
The host club, and defending champion, Lanesville takes on New Washington at approximately 7.
The final will be played Wednesday at 5 p.m.
At Class 3A action at Silver Creek, Salem and Silver Creek face off at 5 p.m. on Monday, followed by a tilt between defending champ North Harrison and Madison on Monday at 7.
Play continues on Tuesday as Monday’s winners battle each other at 5 p.m.
The bye game pitting Scottsburg and Corydon Central is at 7 that same evening, with the championship slated for Wednesday at 6.