Corydon season ended by no-hitter
Teams have found it tough to keep the Corydon Central bats at bay over the past two months. Yet, at Saturday’s Class 3A Boonville softball regional, Gibson Southern’s Lauren Edwards had the answer, twirling a no-hit, 3-0 win over the Lady Panthers.
‘We didn’t hit the ball,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘Pitch for pitch, we had two pitchers (in the game) that were very comparable. It was a matter of who was going to put the ball in play. They did, and we didn’t.’
Edwards dominated the circle, striking out 11 batters. She allowed one runner on base, a walk to Christina McAfee in the third inning.
‘Our No. 3 hitter (Savanah Cesar) really put the bat on the ball and we drew a walk, that was it,’ Briscoe said. ‘Once again, we didn’t come and play the first three innings.’
Briscoe said the team talked before the game about putting the ball in play off Edwards and forcing the issue. The game remained scoreless through four innings as Corydon Central’s Jenna Keinsley matched Edwards in the circle much of the way.
Keinsley struck out five for the Lady Panthers and gave up four hits.
In the fifth inning, Gibson Southern pressed the Lady Panthers when Allie Staggs reached on a single. Pinch runner Megan Robinson then stole second and moved to third on a wild pitch. The next batter, Brittany Elpers, grounded out to first base, plating Robinson.
After Kendra May was hit by a pitch, Lauren Atchison grounded slowly to Abby Ellett at first base. She lost her footing when making the play, allowing another run to score.
‘She said she wasn’t nervous, but that was pressure she has never felt before,’ Briscoe said of Ellett, a freshman. ‘But she has done a great job for our program. She is one of our leading hitters and up there with RBIs. She took over in mid-April, but (a) senior could have made that same decision. I thought if we could have put that kind of pressure on them, we could have won this game.’
DanYelle Bigham followed the miscue with a fly ball to short right field, where second baseman Cesar and right fielder McAfee collided, allowing a run to score.
Corydon Central escaped the inning, down 3-0, with a double play started by Annalea Miller at third base.
However, the game belonged to Edwards in the circle, who came back in the championship game to no-hit Edgewood 4-0. It was her third consecutive no-hitter in post-season play.
‘She was quicker than what we seen in the past 12 outings,’ Briscoe said. ‘She threw a little harder, but it wasn’t unhittable. We worked hard enough on our swings that we should have put the bat through the strike zone. But she absolutely dominated the game, and we never adjusted.’
Even though Corydon Central’s third consecutive appearance at regional wasn’t capped by a win, Briscoe said she felt more confident this time around.
‘The third time we came to the regional, we were a better team,’ she said. ‘We played respectable softball. Maybe we are a year away. I can’t be unhappy with that. The kids are great; great families. They were just the better team today. But what a great season for us.’
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