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NH rolls through first week

NH rolls through first week
NH rolls through first week
North Harrison pitcher Mary Robertson fields a bunt and throws out a runner at first base. Robertson picked up the win in the circle over Springs Valley Wednesday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The North Harrison softball team kicked off a strong opening week of play by knocking off visiting Springs Valley, 15-5, in five innings last Wednesday.
‘I think I was more nervous than the girls on the first pitch,’ John Lambert, first-year North Harrison coach, joked. ‘We are going to take a little bit of time to find an identity. Fifteen runs the first time out isn’t bad, and these girls have been chomping at the bit to get out.’
Springs Valley loaded the bases in the first inning, but North Harrison pitcher Mary Robertson made a nice play in the circle to stop the early threat.
At the plate, the Lady Cats benefited from nine Springs Valley errors. The miscues, along with utilizing smart, quick base running, helped North Harrison put 15 runs on the board.
In the first inning, Robertson and Sasha Grangier reached on singles. Both eventually scored on wild pitches, part of a three-run first inning.
The Lady Cats added to the lead in the bottom of the third, plating five runs on two hits. Two errors by Springs Valley contributed to the big inning.
Springs Valley then made noise at the plate, plating four in the fourth. Emily Carnes belted a three-run triple to the fence. Courtney Crone relieved Robertson in the circle and quickly recorded three consecutive outs. The second out came on a diving catch in center field by Grangier.
‘With Sasha, she can track the ball so well,’ Lambert said. ‘That was a huge play. They tagged up for a run, but they didn’t get that extra base runner, and we eventually got out of that inning.’
The lead extended out to 13-5 in the fourth. North Harrison scored three runners on wild pitches while a Grangier single and two Springs Valley errors contributed to the five-run inning.
‘I was really happy with our base running,’ Lambert said. ‘They ran hard. The base running was good. They hustled from first to home. We will take it.’
Robertson picked up the win in the circle, and Carnes took the loss for Springs Valley.
‘Courtney Crone came in, threw strikes and got people out,’ Lambert said. ‘I’m proud of the way she pitched. Both our pitchers threw well. We have depth at that position, so it is nice to get innings in.’
North Harrison completed a perfect week on the diamond. On Thursday, they defeated Mid-Southern Conference foe Clarksville, 4-2. Jessica Kaufman picked up the win in the circle.
Then on Saturday, the Lady Cats (4-0) rolled through the Providence Invitational, defeating Charlestown in the championship game, 6-3, scoring four runs in the top of the seventh. Kaufman also had the win in that game.
The Lady Cats play at Corydon Central tomorrow (Thursday) at 5 p.m. in a key MSC game. They host the North Harrison Invitational Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.
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