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Corydon softball wins 4th conference title in a row

Corydon softball wins 4th conference title in a row
Corydon softball wins 4th conference title in a row
Corydon Central senior Chrissy McAfee, left, takes the field in the first inning for the Lady Panthers. McAfee thought her season was over after an injury suffered against North Harrison, but coaches put her in left field for three innings Friday against Scottsburg. Teammates Payton Windell and Kaitlan Money patrolled much of the outfield while McAfee stayed in one spot. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Corydon Central closed the deal on a fourth consecutive Mid-Southern Conference title Friday, knocking off Scottsburg, 11-0, in five innings.
Part of Senior Day festivities, the Lady Panthers used a one-hit pitching performance from Ashley Crawhorn, along with an eight-run fourth inning to down Scottsburg.
‘The seniors have done a great job showing they can work with these young players,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘We have a freshman in Ally Chambers that has the best batting average on this team. She has been a steady performer. And our seniors have come through lately.’
Lead-off hitter Kaitlan Money collected four hits, including a three-run double in the fourth inning. In the first, Money’s single to open the bottom of the frame set the table for three runs. Annalea Miller, Angela Shutters, Ashley Mattingly and Crawhorn had hits. Shutters’ double plated a run.
Corydon Central had four hits during the second and third innings but failed to score. But in the fourth inning, the floodgates opened. Shawna Kopp laced a double to the gap to score two. Miller followed with her second hit, this one plating a run. Chambers, along with Money, had two hits in the inning. In all, the Lady Panthers scored eight in the frame, leading to the run-rule win.
‘The first three innings we didn’t hit like we’re taught,’ Briscoe said. ‘A lot of coaches want to know how we hit the ball so well, and we got back to those basics in the fourth inning. Kaitlan Money has been a key bat at the top of our lineup. She does a lot of good things putting the ball in play.’
Corydon Central senior Chrissy McAfee, who thought her season was over after suffering an injury against North Harrison earlier in the season, enjoyed a special moment through the first three innings. McAfee put on her No. 8 jersey and played three innings in short left field, hugged tightly along the foul line. Outfield teammates Payton Windell and Money shared much of the outfield duties through the early innings while McAfee is still limited with mobility.
‘She told me she had a dream she was going to play again,’ Briscoe said. ‘I told her to ask her mom and dad if it was OK if she played a few innings. She doesn’t have much mobility, and we don’t want to mess up her healing process. It was a nice way to get her back on the field.’
Crawhorn pitched her 10th shutout of the season, scoring her 16th win in the circle.
Corydon Central was slated to begin the Class 3A North Harrison Sectional last night (Tuesday) against Salem.