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Waynescott, Lady Cats shut out South Central

Kayla Waynescott allowed just one hit as the Lady Cat softball team shut out visiting South Central, 3-0, Friday afternoon in Ramsey. The win improved North Harrison’s record to 7-2 while the struggling Lady Rebels fell to 1-5.
Despite the victory, North Harrison coach Ron Mitchell wasn’t completely satisfied.
‘They played pretty well but like I talked to them before the game we’re not focused where I want us to be and it showed,’ Mitchell said. ‘I’m not taking away anything from South Central but we’re a better ball team and we didn’t show it today. We’ve got to play every game. We’ve got to play not up to the competition but above the competition. We didn’t do that today.’
Despite the loss, South Central coach Bob Zumar said his team looked better.
‘We’ve been struggling all year on hitting,’ Zumar said. ‘We made a couple of mental mistakes that cost us two runs. Those are the things we’ve got to work on. But for this team to be this close with the way we’ve been playing lately, I’m really proud of them. They did a good job.’
South Central’s only hit of the game came in the first inning when Kayla Hurley looped a single into short left field. Hurley, however, wouldn’t gain anymore ground.
In the bottom of the inning North Harrison got on the board first. Kayla Lambert knocked down a bunt single then stole second. With two outs, Samantha Johnson singled and the ball went to home as Lambert tried to score from second. Lambert was first called out but the play was overturned as obstruction was called at third on the Lady Rebels, giving the Lady Cats the run.
North’s other two runs came in the bottom of the third. Lambert put down her second bunt single to lead off then stole second. Brooke Auberry also singled but Lambert held up at third. Ashley Sant got an RBI when she hit a sacrifice fly to score Lambert. Johnson hit into a fielder’s choice but all were safe. With Jessica Kaufman at the plate, Auberry scored on a passed ball for the Lady Cats’ third run, their last score of the game.
‘Defensively we’re pretty solid,’ Mitchell said. ‘We had one error out there on a dropped third strike and that’s aggravating. Defensively we’ve played good every game. We’ve just got to learn to stay focused at the plate and do a better job of hitting the ball regardless of the pitching and who we’re playing.’
North finished with six hits, half of those coming from Lambert on three bunt singles. Kayla Waynescott struck out seven Lady Rebels and walked two. The Lady Cats committed just one error.
‘We’ve finally been able to get the bunt down,’ said Mitchell. ‘Last year we got in a tight situation and had to bunt, when it was a have-to situation, we couldn’t get the bat on the ball. We couldn’t even get it down. This year we’ve got a lot better. We’ve hit the weight room and it’s given us a little more strength in our arms. We’ve been able to get that bat on the ball and get the ball down.’
‘Kayla did a really good job tonight,’ he said. ‘She threw really well. She throws harder as the game goes. She just gets more loose and throws harder. She does a fine job for us when Jessica (Kaufman) isn’t pitching. They’re both good pitchers.’
Of Waynescott, Mitchell said his pitcher works best when she’s got a little fire under her.
South finished with three errors. Lady Rebel pitcher Justine Huffman had two strikeouts and one walk.
‘We hit the ball but we don’t put a whole lot on it,’ Zumar said. ‘They’re putting contact on it but they’re not hitting it with any force. That’s something we’re trying to work on. They go one way or the other. We try to work them having it drive it harder and then they try to kill the ball. Then we try to have them work on contact but when you make the contact you’ve got to hit it harder than what they’re hitting it. We’re kind of in between things.’
Schoen had four putouts on the South Central defense. Zumar said despite the three errors his team played better on defense.
Upcoming games for South Central include – Today, Wednesday at home against New Albany at 4:30 p.m.; Thursday at home against Cannelton at 6:15 and Monday at Corydon Central at 4:30 p.m.
Upcoming games for North Harrison include – Thursday at Silver Creek at 4:45 p.m.; Friday at Paoli at 5 p.m. and Monday at Lanesville at 4:45 p.m.