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Lady Panthers blank North, 13-0

Lady Panthers blank North, 13-0
Lady Panthers blank North, 13-0
After being caught in a rundown, Corydon CentralÂ’s Savanah Cesar attempts to dive back to first base as Courtney Crone (17) and Alyssa McAfee (5) of North Harrison try to make a tag. Cesar was safe after Crone missed the ball and McAfee was too late with the tag. Photos by Alan Stewart (click for larger version)

Experience won out over youth Thursday afternoon in Ramsey as Class 3A No. 5 Corydon Central rode the arm of pitcher Jenna Keinsley and the bat of junior Shawna Kopp to post a 13-0 victory over county-, conference- and sectional-rival North Harrison.
Keinsley (8-0) was incredibly effective, throwing 69 strikes in 91 pitches (75 percent), fanning 11 Lady Cats, walking none and giving up three hits in the seven-inning affair. She helped her own cause with a 4-for-5 day at the plate, leading to four RBIs.
Kopp was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate, including a pair of doubles, and she drove in one run for the Lady Panthers, who improved to 8-0.
In addition to Kopp and Keinsley, the winners also got nice defense from centerfielder Savanah Cesar, who gunned down a runner at the plate, and shortstop Shelby Short, who made a nice double play.
‘Innings three, four and five showed tremendous focus by seasoned players,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘Jenna’s pitching, Savanah’s throw to home in the fourth inning and Shelby’s line-drive double play in the fifth inning were all marks of great leadership.’
The contest was scoreless until the top of the third inning when Keinsley knocked a single to left, driving in Kopp. Senior Cesar and junior Annalea Miller followed suit with two more RBI singles to left for a 3-0 lead.
North Harrison (3-5) threatened in the bottom of the inning and had bases loaded with one out in the fourth but failed to get a timely hit in either situation.
‘We showed a lot of youth today. It’s almost like they are trying too hard right now,’ North Harrison coach John Lambert said. ‘The timely hitting thing is weird because one day you’ll come up with bases loaded and get four straight singles. Then, the next day you’ll come up with bases loaded and no outs and strike out three straight times. Today, we just didn’t get the hit. It’s a learning process, and, with us starting four freshmen and four sophomores, it’s going to take some time to find our identity.’
Corydon Central put the game away in the top of the sixth.
Freshman Kaitlan Money had an RBI single to bring in Kopp, then Keinsley drove Money in with a two-out double. Cesar reached on an error to put Keinsley at third. In a wild play, Cesar attempted to steal second base but was caught in a rundown. As North Harrison’s defense tried to pick off Cesar ‘ who eventually made it safely back to first after the ball was dropped on a tag attempt ‘ Keinsley scored to extend her team’s advantage to 7-0.
The Lady Panthers hung a six-spot in the top of the seventh, with Kopp, Chrissy McAfee and Cesar marking a single RBI apiece and Keinsley rapping a one-out double for two more RBIs. The sixth run was scored on a throwing error.
‘We will continue to improve our overall game and play ourselves into shape as the season continues,’ Briscoe said. ‘Our expectations of our play are rising with every game.’
Corydon Central touched North Harrison pitcher A. McAfee for 13 hits, but the freshman still came through with eight strikeouts to go along with one walk.
‘Keinsley pitched a real nice game and beared down when we got into scoring position,’ Lambert said. ‘But, in that same breath, I have to say that for the most part I thought McAfee pitched well enough to put us in the ballgame. I thought we looked a little intimidated out there at times and made some mistakes a young team is going to make.’
North Harrison’s only hits came from McAfee, Amber Longest and Courtney Crone. McAfee dropped her record to 2-1.
CC jayvee remains perfect
Ashley Crawhorn improved to 4-0 with a 12-2 win over North Harrison in the junior varsity contest.
For the winners, Peyton Watson went 1-2 with two runs and two stolen bases; Ashley Crawhorn was 1-2 with a double and two RBIs; Maddie Sanders was 1-1 with a double and two RBIs; Kayla Owsley was 2-3 with two runs and a RBI; Melinda Edwards went 1-2 with a run and two RBIs.