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Lady Cats drop heartbreaker; Corydon advances

Lady Cats drop heartbreaker; Corydon advances
Lady Cats drop heartbreaker; Corydon advances
Jennesy McConnell hits a two-run single in the sixth inning to pull the Lady Cats within two-runs of the lead in last night's game. (Photo by Brian Smith)

North Harrison didn’t want their season to end the way it did last night, on a close call at the plate.
Down six runs to Madison, the Lady Cats crawled back to within 8-6 heading into the final inning.
In the seventh, Brandi Auberry and Kayla Waynescott led off the inning with singles up the middle. Waynescott’s single scooted by Madison’s center-fielder’s glove, plating Auberry.
On the next pitch, Kayla Lambert laid down a bunt and Waynescott broke for home. Madison pitcher Adriana Smith tossed the ball home, throwing out Waynescott. The junior appeared to slide under the tag, drawing a brief argument from North Harrison head coach Ron Mitchell.
Mitchell was noticeably upset with the out call at home, an upset emotion he rarely shows on the field.
‘That call at the plate wasn’t close,’ he said. ‘I usually don’t get upset like that.’
Madison then retired Brooke Auberry and Ashley Sant to end the game, leaving Lambert stranded at third. Madison advance in the Class 3A Corydon Central, defeating North Harrison 8-7.
‘It was a real tough (loss),’ Mitchell said. ‘You fight back like that, it shows what kind of character my team does have.’
Madison did their damage in their six-run third inning, building a 6-2 lead. In the inning, Madison connected on four consecutive hits, including a base-clearing three-run double by Nachelle Stucker. Gail Peak added to the damage, hitting a two-run double, forcing Mitchell to go to the bullpen.
Freshman Courtney Crone closed the door on Madison in the fifth and the rest of the game. She struck out four and didn’t give up a hit in 3.1 innings of work in the circle.
‘My starter started to get rocked in the third inning so I came in with a freshman,’ Mitchell said. ‘Courtney Crone has the right attitude. She has some pitches to learn, but when she steps on the mound she’s just got it in her head, ‘I’m here to pitch, hit me if you can.’ ‘
Crone did her part, keeping the score close, but Madison was fortunate to hang on to advance to the sectional finals to play host Corydon Central.
Madison started the scoring in the first, turning an error and a walk into two runs. North Harrison answered in the second, tying the game with the help of a Kayla Waynescott run-scoring single.
North Harrison scored two runs in the fifth and sixth innings to creep closer to Madison. Jennesy McConnell hit a two-run double in the sixth to make it a two-run game.
The Lady Cats finished the season 14-8, including claiming their first-ever outright Mid-Southern Conference title.
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Corydon rolls over Silver Creek 11-1
A few weeks ago, Corydon had to grind their way to a 1-0 eight inning win over sectional rival Silver Creek. Last night, the Lady Panthers had their way with Silver Creek, pounding the ball to the tune of 10 hits on their way to an 11-1 win.
Last night’s win launched Corydon Central into the Class 3A sectional title game.
Timely hitting was key for Corydon Central, scoring their first seven runs with two outs.
In the third inning, Corydon put the first run on the board when Jenna Keinsley reached on an infield error, plating Natalie Hedges. Josey Kintner then made Silver Creek pay for their mistake. The junior hit a two-run double, then scored herself on an Jordon Behagg infield hit.
Silver Creek went to the bullpen in the third inning, bringing in Jessica Wells, but Corydon Central continued to come up with clutch hits. Again with two outs, Savanah Cesar and Shelby Short hit back-to-back RBI singles before Keinsley came up with another big knock, a run scoring double.
‘We haven’t hit the ball well lately,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘But we hit the ball well tonight. We didn’t use the short game as much.’
Ten different Lady Panthers logged one hit each.
Keinsley put in another solid performance in the circle. If the freshman had any jitters about starting her first sectional contest, they weren’t noticeable. She gave up only two hits and an unearned run over six innings of work, striking out four.
Silver Creek’s only run came in the fourth inning on a Kaitlin Cook sacrifice fly.
It was Corydon’s first win of the post season, and Briscoe played 17 different kids so they could each get the feel of a sectional atmosphere.
‘Some of the freshmen were really nervous,’ Briscoe said. ‘I hope that is over now. I hope they come out tomorrow and play flawless ball.’
The win moved Corydon Central into the sectional final. They will play Madison, a 8-7 winner over North Harrison last night at 5:30 p.m. tonight at Corydon Central High School.
In the sectional final last season, Madison defeated Corydon 7-0 to advance to the regional.
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