Friendly rivalry goes Corydon’s way
A patient first inning at the plate and a two-run triple by Jenna Keinsley was enough for host Corydon Central to knock off rival Lanesville 7-4 Monday afternoon.
Lanesville (10-10) opened the game with a run using small ball. Allison Wolfe scored when Ashley Royalty reached on an infield error. Wolfe led off the game with a single and advance via a perfect bunt single by Erin Dorgay.
The first inning was a struggle in the circle for the Lady Eagles. Starting pitcher Kelly Zollman struggled with her command, walking three in the first. All three runners scored, including the first two with aggressive baserunning ” a double steal and a wild pitch. The third run came across when Corydon senior Courtney Cato hit a bloop single to right, the first of her two RBIs.
For Zollman, it was strikeouts or walks: The freshman gave up the one hit to Cato, but walked five and struck out four before being lifted for Ashley Royalty in the second inning.
‘That’s the way it has been going for some reason,’ said Lanesville coach Kayla Straub. ‘You’ve got to throw strikes. Take away the first inning walks and who knows, it could have been a different game. She’ll get out of it; it was a team loss.’
Royalty was able to get out of the second inning, leaving two Lady Panthers on base.
Corydon’s ace, Jenna Keinsley, has steadily improved as the season progressed. Once given a two-run cushion, the freshman retired 10 consecutive batters until yielding a walk in the fourth. In the fifth, Lanesville’s Amiee Parsons led off with a single. A wild pitch and a sacrifice bunt later, Parsons scored when Allison Wolfe grounded into a fielder’s choice, trimming the Lady Panther lead to one run at 3-2.
Answering back quickly, Corydon (13-9) turned a walk into a run again. Cato plated her second run of the sunny afternoon, hitting a sac fly to center-field, scoring Jordan Behagg.
‘We’re happy to get her bat back in there,’ Corydon head coach Kim Briscoe said of her lone senior. Cato will dress for her final regular season home game on Thursday against New Albany at 5 p.m.
‘She’s just a tremendous person of character. A great student athlete. She’s setting the right example for those young kids in the dugout. A very matter-of-fact leader.’
Cato has been splitting playing time between playing first base and being the designated hitter.
Assisting her own cause, Keinsley and the Corydon offense rolled up three insurance runs in the sixth, giving the freshman a comfortable 7-2 lead. With two on, Keinsley split the right-center gap with a triple, plating two runs.
‘I started off the season not even hitting her,’ Briscoe said. ‘She’s a freshman that needed to concentrate on pitching but she is hitting as well as anyone on this team now. She’s quite the competitor.’
Keinsley finished with 10 strikeouts but pitched her way into trouble trying to get the final three outs. A walk, hit batter and single loaded the bases with one out. A wild pitch and a Keinsley error led to two late runs. Keinsley induced an Erin Harbeson fly out, ending the game with the tying run at the plate.
‘They did step it up in the last inning, making a comeback,’ said Straub. ‘We just have to quit waiting until the fifth, sixth and seventh innings to start hitting the ball.’
Straub, who was coached by Briscoe during her playing days at Corydon Central, was a part of the friendly rivalry between the two schools.
‘We’ve got a good community thing here,’ Briscoe said. ‘We grew up with the Lanesville kids, played in little league together. We’re friends, so it is hard for some of them to get out there and play softball.’
Both teams are young, but the potential with both programs is strong.