Henryville’s 7th inning surge ousts Lanesville
Lanesville hung tough and had some opportunities, but the Henryville softball team came up with clutch hits in the seventh inning to break a tie and defeat the Lady Eagles, 5-1, in the Class A Henryville Sectional final.
The Lanesville bats were all over Henryville pitcher Amanda Embry in the first four innings.
Henryville struck first on the board with an RBI single by Rebecca Snodgrass, but Lanesville bounced back quickly. Utilizing a Lady Hornet miscue, Lanesville scored in the bottom of the first, when Erin Dorgay led off by reaching on an error. An Ashley Schoen sacrifice bunt led to an RBI single from Faith Johnston.
In the third inning, Ashley Schoen and Shelby Fonda reached on singles. With two outs in the inning, Schoen aggressively stole third base. On the throw, the ball scooted away from the third baseman, but Schoen held her ground at third.
‘We had the steal on, but you don’t expect for them to make a mistake,’ Lanesville coach Bill Krammes said. ‘I probably should have sent her (home). We made a dumb play at third. We should have sent Ashley, and we could have been up 2-1.’
Embry was able to pitch out of the inning, recording a strike out. Lanesville had another shot in the fourth when Kari McCormick led off with a double down the right-field line. Henryville shortstop Ashley Dickerson came up with a great play on a Kelly Zollman ground ball. The sophomore faked to first then ran McCormick down to tag her out.
From that point on, Lanesville struggled to muster an offensive challenge against Embry.
The pitching was opposite for the Lady Eagles. Schoen was in control within the circle in the first six innings. At one point, she retired 14 consecutive batters. Overall, she struck out six.
In the top of the seventh, Henryville used singles from Snodgrass and Kelsey Kuntz to start the inning. A sacrifice bunt moved runners into scoring position for the Lady Hornets.
Haley Brock then hit a hard grounder on a drawn-in infield, which gave Dorgay problems at shortstop. After the bobble, the first run of the four-run inning began.
Carissa Embry and Dickerson hit singles, plating the next three runs.
‘I thought we hit the ball better than them for most of the game,’ Krammes said. ‘I give them (Henryville) credit. Jenny (Odle) does a great job with them.’
Lanesville couldn’t do any damage in the bottom of the fourth, ending its season at 19-18.
‘Our girls played well, just played their butts off,’ Krammes said. ‘From the beginning of the year to right now, they have improved better than any team I have ever coached, and it is my 693rd game.’
Schoen, a sophomore, will return next year in the circle.
‘Ashley is a talent,’ he said. ‘She hit a ball that was the hardest hit all game, but they played her right on the line and the girl grabbed it. I have a friend who is a strength and conditioning coach out of Colorado State (University) that is going to put Ashley on a program to get her stronger for next year. I think she will come back and be even better next year.’
Krammes is also looking forward to working in the off-season to get back to the sectional final next season.
‘I want the kids to play everything,’ he said. ‘At Lanesville, I think we have a real shot to get to the state finals in softball if we work at it. I’m committed to working hard this fall and winter to get these kids ready. By the time next season rolls around, we’re going to be a tough team to play.’
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