Corydon plays long ball, uses two home runs to top Mitchell
Corydon Central played long ball early and late Monday to lay claim to a 7-0 Class 3A Sectional victory over Mitchell in Corydon.
A three-run home run from freshman Abby Ellett and a two-run blast from Jenna Keinsley was more than enough runs for the Lady Panthers.
‘Did I think we would hit a three-run home run and a two-run home run today? Probably not,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘I didn’t think we would hit home runs, but the balance and power we are showing with our swings will allow balls to be hit out of the park.’
Consecutive singles from Savanah Cesar and Annalea Miller set up the belt over the center-field fence off the bat of Ellett in the first inning. The line drive put the Lady Panthers ahead, 3-0.
Corydon Central put runners on each inning after gaining the lead but couldn’t push one across the plate. The Lady Panthers finished the game with 10 hits, including two each from Angela Shutters, Shelby Short, Miller and Cesar.
Before the top of the seventh inning, lightning suspended play for 20 minutes. The delay didn’t take the fire out of the Corydon Central bats.
With one out, Short drew a walk, which was followed by a line-drive home run from Keinsley over the center-field fence.
The long drive was followed by doubles from Cesar and Miller. Miller later scored on a wild pitch for the 7-0 final score.
‘We have 18 kids doing what they are supposed to be doing and with confidence,’ Briscoe said. ‘We still need to bring our ‘A’ game each night.’
Keinsley was smooth in the circle once again for the Lady Panthers. The junior was dominant, striking out 13 batters she faced (she did hit one batter).
She allowed two singles, one to Natalie Morse and the other to Alayna Super. The Corydon Central defense was error free, and used a Cesar-to-Ellett double play to get out of the second inning.
‘Jenna is pitching her best softball right now,’ Briscoe said. ‘I thought Mitchell’s pitcher (Addie Grubb) was a better-than-average pitcher, but they (Mitchell) got us on our good night.’
Briscoe said she was pleased with the minimal mental mistakes.
Grubb, who struck out four before being lifted in the seventh inning for Miranda Hollars, took the loss for Mitchell.
Corydon Central moved on to face North Harrison yesterday (Tuesday). The winner will play in the championship game, which will take place tomorrow at 7 p.m.
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