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Corydon unable to scratch a run

Corydon unable to scratch a run
Corydon unable to scratch a run
Corydon Central shortstop Shelby Short turns away as a ground ball takes a giant hop during play against Edgewood last Tuesday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

The format for the girls’ softball tournament presented a change for regional play. A one-game regional, different from the two games in years past, prompted Corydon Central to make the two-hour trip to Ellettsville to take on Edgewood last Tuesday.
Corydon Central’s season, however, ended at the Class 3A regional, as the Lady Panthers dropped a 9-0 decision to Edgewood and finished the year with a 26-8 record.
‘We had a phenomenal season, probably broke school record for wins, and Jenna Keinsley will set her mark in the state as a pitcher once we get those stats compiled,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘Jenna just wasn’t hitting her spots tonight. They were hitting her early in the count, and she left a few balls up.’
It was the fourth consecutive year the Lady Panthers made an appearance at regional.
Edgewood scored a handful of runs early, but a five-run fifth-inning stretched the lead to 9-0.
The host team scored two runs in the first on a two-out double from Ashley Miller. Her ball sailed over center fielder Shawna Kopp’s head, plating Rayne Salyers and Megan Kile.
‘It wasn’t the way I thought we would play tonight,’ Briscoe said. ‘I knew when that first double went to the fence, that kind of told me we weren’t fully ready to play. She broke one step in and over it went.’
Corydon Central struggled the first time through the batting order against Edgewood twirler Mariah Gillie. In the bottom of the third inning, two Corydon Central errors led to another Edgewood run. The run scored when Miller’s ground ball took a wicked hop off shortstop Shelby Short’s shoulder.
The Corydon Central offense hit the ball from the fourth inning on; however, the problem was they couldn’t string them together to produce runs.
In the fourth inning, Lady Panther hitters Savanah Cesar and Annalea Miller had hits but were left stranded on third and second bases, respectively. The fifth inning was similar, with Kopp leading off with a single and Short later reaching on a walk. But, again, the runners were left stranded. Singles from Cesar and Angela Shutters in the sixth inning gave the Lady Panthers another shot, but they came away empty.
The bottom of the fifth was a troublesome inning for Corydon Central. Edgewood pounded the ball for five hits and five runs in the inning. A triple from Gillie capped the inning.
Corydon Central’s hard luck at the plate was most evident in the final inning. Abby Ellett hit a screaming line drive to the Edgewood right fielder, Jaclyn Ennis. The ball was hit so hard, Ennis was able to gun down Ellett at first base.
‘We hit well but couldn’t get any (hits) together,’ Briscoe said. ‘Abby Ellett hit probably the hardest ball of the game, but she hit it so hard to the right fielder they threw her out at first.’
Cesar and Annalea Miller finished the game with two hits each. Short reached base twice, including a triple in the final inning. Keinsley twirled six innings, striking out two.
The Lady Panthers lose Cesar, Short and Keinsley to graduation.
‘Our program has gained so much respect since 2006 when we had a rebuilding run and little Jenna came in,’ Briscoe said. ‘No one believed that freshman could do what she did and she has continued to do so. And Shelby Short is a phenomenal shortstop but tough to coach because she is an ultimate softball player. Phenomenal year for these three seniors. Savanah is one of the best second basemen in our area. All these kids have learned a lot from softball that they can take into everyday life.’
Keinsley finished the season with a 26-8 record, the same as the team.
Gillie took the win for Edgewood, striking out nine batters for her 29th win. Laura Luther, Ashley Miller, Salyers and Gillie had two hits each for Edgewood.