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Lady Rebels reach final, fall to rain and Lady Hornets

Lady Rebels reach final, fall to rain and Lady Hornets
Lady Rebels reach final, fall to rain and Lady Hornets
South Central pitcher Erica Coulter fields a ground ball during a rain shower when facing Henryville in the sectional championship game last Wednesday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

When it rained, it literally poured on the Lady Rebels in the Class A softball sectional championship game last Wednesday in Lanesville.
The third inning delivered a down pour of rain while South Central was in the field against Henryville. The result was four runs for the Lady Hornets, leading to a 9-0 victory and their fourth consecutive sectional title.
‘I thought we’d play better, but we got beat by a better team today,’ South Central coach Marty Kuerzi said. ‘I think the rain got into our heads a little bit, causing us to not field with two hands.’
South Central put runners on in the first two innings on singles from Carolyn Zipp and Courtney DeWeese. Neither, however, was driven in.
‘We put the ball in play the first few innings; just couldn’t get the score,’ Kuerzi said.
Henryville took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the third when the rain came, a 20-minute shower hovered over the park. In the inning, Henryville put the first six batters on base. Ashley Dickerson, Kelsie Kuntz, Rebecca Snodgrass and Haley Hall scored. Dickerson had a double, part of her 3-for-4 day. She later had a triple.
The 5-0 lead was more than enough for Lady Hornet twirler Amanda Embry. She completed the shutout, striking out eight without allowing a walk. Tori Swank and Devin Steen-Roby had hits for South Central.
Henryville expanded the lead to 9-0 in the fourth inning with four additional runs. Sarah Richey capped the inning with an RBI single.
South Central pitcher Erica Coulter was able to escape the final few innings without giving up runs. She also had three strikeouts.
The Lady Rebels ended the season with a 17-13 record. For seniors Amelia Forman and Zipp, it has been a drastic change since a one-win season their freshman year.
‘We had a winning season, beat some teams we shouldn’t have beat,’ Kuerzi said. ‘These girls didn’t quit playing tonight or all year. We won two tournaments this season. Overall, we took a leap forward and we should be pretty good next year.’