Corydon 12U girls place third at Ohio Valley Regional
Corydon’s 12-under all-stars knocked off state champions from three states at the Ohio Valley Regional recently. The effort wasn’t quite enough to produce a championship, but the team can still hang its hats on a third-place finish at the elite tournament.
‘They were awesome,’ head coach Dan Smith said. ‘They really stepped up to the level of competition. We lost a couple of extra-inning games, but we avenged a loss to Rushville along the way. That win was probably the best softball game I’ve been a part of.’
Corydon started the tournament with a 5-0 victory over Wisconsin’s state champion, which was from Wausau, before being trimmed, 4-2, by North Lexington.
In the 5-0 win, Corydon got RBI from Abby Ellett (2), Angela Shutters, Shelby Rhodes and Lindsay Hamilton. In the loss, Janea Smith had the hot stick with two hits in three at-bats, and Shutters marked the team’s only RBI.
In the first game of the loser’s bracket, Corydon whipped Prairie Village (the Kentucky state champ), 11-0.
Ashley Crawhorn went the distance for the winners with six strikeouts and just one walk in the run-ruled affair.
Nearly every player who got into the game contributed in some way: Katie Saulman had two hits, three runs and three RBI, Crawhorn singled and had a RBI, Ellett marked a RBI, Smith was 2-2 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored, Shutters was 1-2 with a run scored and a RBI, Rhodes had a hit and a RBI, and Shannon Sommerville (1-1) and Chelsea Paulley (2-2) were both perfect at the plate.
The big game against Rushville was a Deusey.
Rushville took a 1-0 lead through five innings, but Corydon was able to tie it in the top of the sixth when Ellett singled to right to drive in Saulman.
Despite a two-out rally on a single by Jessica Bartley, Corydon couldn’t break Rushville until the top of the 11th, where the team scored a pair of runs.
Paulley singled up the middle and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Saulman. Crawhorn belted a triple to right to score one, and then she scored on the same play on a throwing error by the second baseman.
Rushville put its first two batters on, but Corydon proved its mettle by retiring the side to secure the win.
‘That was it for us,’ Smith said. ‘That was a big one, to beat the team to beat you for state, in a great game.’
Corydon was unable to ride its momentum in the next game and fell to North Lexington for the second time, 3-1.
‘This is a special group of girls,’ Smith said. ‘They’ve played together for years and are friends off the field, too. That makes a difference. They are just as happy to play softball as they were going back to the hotel to swim. The parents are supportive and are behind the team.’