Lanesville, CC advance to softball sectional finals; SC, NH out early
The opening softball games at the Class 1A Lanesville Sectional were high on drama and longevity Monday night, with South Central being turned back by Henryville, 2-1, and two-time defending champion Lanesville blanking New Washington, 9-0.
The Hornets will face off against Lanesville in the championship game tonight (Wednesday) at 5 p.m., with the winner advancing to the Lanesville 1A Regional on June 3.
In Class 3A action at Silver Creek, Madison, with a record of 10-13, pulled off an amazing rally against North Harrison, 4-3. Last night, the Cubs continued the magic with a 10-5 win over Salem.
After a slow start, Corydon Central run-ruled Scottsburg in six innings to advance to play in tonight’s sectional final against Madison at 6 p.m.
Henryville 2, South Central 1
Despite a combined 23 hits, runs were difficult to come by in the sectional’s opening affair.
The contest remained scoreless through three innings, then Henryville was able to scratch a run across in the top of the fourth.
Tosha Embry blasted a double, moved to second on a ground-out and scored on a single by Stephanie Page.
In the bottom of the fifth, South Central was able to tie the game after Brittany Hornickel singled and stole second. An infield single by Candace Cartwright put her teammate on third, then Justine Huffman helped her own cause with a RBI single to left.
Neither team scored in the sixth, but Henryville posted the eventual game-winning run in the top of the seventh.
Kelsey Pierce reached on an infield hit and advanced to second on a ground-out by Mariah Basham.
In the first of two heroic plays by Amanda Cleveland, the junior outfielder knocked a bloop single to plate Pierce.
Rather than wilt, South’s defense stepped up on the next play as Kayla Hurley snared a line drive by Tosha Embry, then fired to first to gun down Cleveland for an inning-ending double play.
Things looked bleak for the Lady Rebels in their final half of the seventh as Huffman grounded out to short and Karen Deaton flew out on a line drive to left.
But South staged a two-out rally as Hurley and Brittany Schoen both reached on errors, advancing to second and third on the second Henryville miscue.
After a brief word with head coach Bob Zumar, Paige Kingsley stepped to the plate and drilled a rocket to centerfield. Cleveland ran in from her spot in center field and made an amazing shoestring catch to save the game for the Hornets. It was Henryville’s first-ever win in a sectional softball game.
‘That was the way our season has gone all year,’ Zumar said. ‘It was still a heck of a ball game. We’ve been a lot of these 3-2, 2-1, 4-0 type of ball games where we get a lot of girls on base and just can’t quite get them in. Still, I’m really proud of this team. They’ve come a long way this season, and the best thing is that I’ll have every single one of them back next year.’
For the Lady Rebels, Cartwright, Huffman, Deaton, Christian Clem and Gabrielle Decker all had solo base hits, with both Hurley and Hornickel marking two singles apiece.
Zumar had high praise for his players, especially Huffman, who pulled a groin muscle in the top of the fifth inning.
‘She’s not overpowering with her throws, but she gets the job done and that says a lot about the type of pitcher she is,’ Zumar said. ‘This year she only had one bad game and that was during the regular season. I think any coach who can say their pitcher had one bad game would take that. Today, she pitched really well and only had one ball hit hard off her. I couldn’t be more pleased.’
Lanesville 9, N.W. 0
Two-time defending sectional champion Lanesville plated three runs in the first two innings of Monday’s nightcap and never looked back against the Lady Mustangs.
Senior pitcher Allison Horton struck out 13 and was working on a no-hitter when a lineup snafu forced her out of the contest in the bottom of the sixth. No worries, however, as Caitlin Dean came in for relief and shut down New Washington to seal the victory.
‘We’ve just got to clean up some of the little mental errors that we had, but everybody that went in either got a hit or played good defense. We played good tonight,’ said Lanesville skipper Kayla Straub.
Any thoughts of an upset by New Washington were squelched in the opening two frames.
Horton struck out seven of the first eight batters she faced in New Washington’s half-innings. Then it was Lanesville’s offense that took over.
In the first, Allison Wolfe singled, moved to second on a passed ball, and stole third. She scored on an error that allowed Horton to reach. Later, Erin Harbeson singled in both Horton and Beth Dorgay, who had walked her way onto the base paths.
The Lady Eagles struck again in the second inning.
Leeann Wolfe walked and Beth Glomb reached on an error. Allison Wolfe grounded out to third to drive in one run, with another New Washington miscue accounting for the second score of the inning.
Dorgay grounded out for the third run to give Lanesville a 6-0 advantage.
The score remained that way until the fifth.
Horton singled and Ashley Royalty reached on an error. Harbeson carded her third RBI of the game with a ground-out, and two batters later Leeann Wolfe came through with a ground-out to plate another run.
Lanesville tacked on another score in the sixth after Christina Adkins singled and stole second, then scored on a timely RBI single by pinch hitter Robin Rosenbury.
Note: Horton and Beth Dorgay were selected as Academic All-State athletes by the Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association yesterday. Also, Leeann Wolfe was listed as honorable mention All-State by the ICGSA.
Corydon 11, Scottsburg 1
After spotting Scottsburg a 1-0 lead through three and a half innings, Corydon’s bats came alive in the next three frames to turn back the upset-minded Warriorettes.
Scottsburg’s only run was unearned.
In the fourth inning, Corydon’s Courtney Cato, who went 4-4 on the night, had an infield single and moved to second after Josey Kintner was plunked.
Senior Kate Robson came through with a single up the middle to drive in a pair of runs and give her team a lead it wouldn’t relinquish.
Robson wound up scoring on a throwing error to give her team a 3-1 advantage.
Corydon added three more runs in the bottom of the fifth.
Jordan Behagg and Jolanna Stiles both singled, then Cato blasted one to deep right center for two RBI before scoring on a couple of Scottsburg errors.
The Lady Panthers ended the game with a five-run sixth.
Mallory Gerdon, Megan Fessel and Brittany Flener each singled to start the inning.
Gerdon scored on an error and her teammates scored on base knocks by Stiles and Cato.
Cato and Robson were driven home on the hardest hit ball of the night, a triple by Ashley Hall, to end the game.
Flener was 2-4, Stiles was 2-4 with a RBI, Cato drove in three runs and Robson was 3-4 with a pair of runs and RBI.
Madison 4, North Harrison 3
North Harrison pitcher Kristin Benz gave up just four hits through six innings of work in North’s sectional opener, however in the seventh inning, the Lady Cubs punched out five hits and four runs to rally past North, 4-3.
The Lady Cats held a 3-1 lead heading into the final inning, and even loaded the bases in their half-inning before Madison twirler Adriana Smith retired the side.
North freshman Kayla Lambert had her team’s only hit in the game.