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Corydon baseball wins MSC for 1st time since 1968-69

The baseball banner in Corydon Central High School’s gymnasium has plenty of space for the 2010 team. Last week, with a victory over Scottsburg, the Panthers clinched a share of the Mid-Southern Conference title, its first since the 1968-69 season.
‘The players put it on themselves before the season,’ Corydon Central coach Zach Sipes said. ‘They set out to win conference and be the first team to do so in 40 years. In the end, they put themselves in a position to win, and they did it.’
The Panthers had to secure conference following a better-than-a-week layoff after defeating Salem, 4-1. Against Salem, Chase Burton scored the win, striking out 12. The Lions managed to turn a rare triple play in the game, but it wasn’t enough.
Then, after the layoff, Corydon Central defeated Scottsburg, 10-1, last week.
‘We were down 1-0 to start the game, but Chase again pitched a strong game for us,’ Sipes said.
Burton, a freshman, is 7-0 on the season.
Cody Arnold ignited the Panther offense by hitting a home run, vaulting Corydon Central to the win. Tyler Shewmaker also homered for the Panthers.
The Panthers finish the MSC season at 7-2, sharing the conference title with Brownstown Central and Silver Creek.
‘I think back to a great play Brownstown made in a close game against us,’ Sipes said about a one-run loss to the Braves at mid-season. ‘If they don’t make that play, or we get a big hit, we win the conference outright.’
Sipes also said momentum from winning conference could carry over to the post-season. The 1968-69 MSC championship was the program’s only other conference title and also was the only season the Panthers won a baseball sectional.
‘This serves as momentum for sectional,’ Sipes said. ‘The team believes and has confidence since we played so well in conference and most of those teams are in our sectional. In the end, we still need to play one game at a time.’
Corydon Central opens the Class 3A Sectional versus host school Mitchell at 6 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday). The semi-finals are at 11 a.m. Monday, followed by the championship at 7.