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Clutch hits come for Lady Rebs vs. NH

Clutch hits come for Lady Rebs vs. NH
Clutch hits come for Lady Rebs vs. NH
South Central’s Amelia Foreman prepares to take off from third base as North Harrison pitcher Courtney Crone winds up. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The hits came in bunches Friday for South Central.
On an overcast, windy day, the Lady Rebel softball team collected six hits and seven runs in the sixth inning to defeat North Harrison, 7-3, in Elizabeth.
With the Lady Rebels trailing, 3-0, heading into the bottom of the sixth, Allison Mathis kicked off the inning with a single. Megan Sanders then grounded into a fielder’s choice, but the throw to cut down Mathis was late. The bases were then loaded after Erica Coulter drew a walk. North Harrison pitcher Courtney Crone later induced a pop out, but clean-up hitter Amelia Foreman delivered a big hit. Foreman’s second hit of the game plated two runs.
‘We stayed in the game,’ Foreman said. ‘I went to the plate thinking ‘hit’ and got one. I don’t normally swing at the first pitch, either.’
The run continued when Brittany Brown pulled an RBI single down the third-base line to tie the game at 3. Tori Swank joined the hit parade when she lined a two-run single up the middle. Courtney DeWeese also singled, and Mathis, who started the inning with a hit, capped the spurt with a two-run single through the right side of the infield.
The end result was seven runs on six hits.
‘We tried to make an aggressive play early in the inning, and we didn’t get it,’ North Harrison coach John Lambert said. ‘I don’t fault the kids for making that play, but they went on instinct. You can’t go back and change it.’
North Harrison created runs in the first two innings to obtain an early lead. Alyssa McAfee led off the game with a single and went to third on Melanie Johnson’s sacrifice bunt. Amber Longest then reached base on an error, plating McAfee. Another run was added when Brooke Lamon had an RBI single.
‘We played very well for the first five innings,’ Lambert said. ‘That was probably some of the best softball we’ve played all year. In the sixth inning, we let a couple across and they had momentum.’
In the second inning, Brittni Sears opened the inning with a single. Johnson came up with another key bunt, safely scoring Sears on a squeeze play. The manufactured run gave North Harrison a 3-0 lead.
The offense for the Lady Cats went quiet the rest of the way.
Coulter scored the win in the circle, striking out five. Crone was the losing pitcher, going 5-1/3 innings, with a pair of strikeouts and two walks issued.
‘We want to keep the winning going, all the way to sectional,’ Brown said.
South Central commited five errors but came through with the win.
McAfee and Lamon had two hits each for North Harrison.
‘We’ll gain from this experience,’ Lambert said. ‘Courtney pitched well and cut down on her walks. There was just one inning they got the best of her.’
Lambert said his team looks to bounce back this week. North Harrison hosts Silver Creek tomorrow (Thursday) at 5 p.m. and then travels for the Jasper Invitational over the weekend.
South Central hosts Cannelton tomorrow at 6:15 p.m.
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