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Corydon wins third MSC softball title

For the third consecutive year, the Class 3A No. 7 Corydon Central softball team has won the Mid-Southern Conference title.
With two wins last week, a 23-0 romp at Scottsburg on May 11 and a 10-0 victory at home Thursday against Austin, the Lady Panthers closed the books on a 9-0 MSC season. Both contests were five innings via the mercy rule.
‘Many of the teams in our conference are young this season,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘We only have three seniors, so we have a good nucleus for the future.’
Against Scottsburg, Corydon Central pounded out 19 hits, including a 4-for-4, two-home-run outing from Jenna Keinsley. Kaitlyn Money had a pair of doubles, while Savanah Cesar and Shelby Short had one double each.
Keinsley scored the win in the circle, giving up four hits in five innings.
Against Austin, Keinsley recorded a no-hitter against the Lady Eagles. Backed by 10 runs, Keinsley scored her, and the team’s, 22nd win of the season.
Offensively, the Lady Panthers had eight hits, including a double from Annalea Miller and Shawna Kopp.
‘We shut out five of our nine conference opponents,’ Briscoe said. ‘A season goal of ours was to win and go undefeated in our conference. We’ve really hit the ball well. We have eight kids hitting over .300.’
Briscoe said the team has left too many runners on base this season and hopes that comes around for sectional. They enter the tournament as the three-time defending champion.
‘When you step into that sectional, you have to have your game face on,’ Briscoe said. ‘We have to take it one pitch at a time.’
She said the team has played consistently much of the year, with the exception of a winless performance at a tournament in Noblesville.
Corydon Central will have a couple of challenges this week before sectional play begins Tuesday. Today (Wednesday), the Lady Panthers host Class 4A No. 14 Floyd Central for senior day at 5 p.m. Then on Friday, they play at Lanesville at 4:30 p.m. as a rain make-up game.