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Bluegrass’ No. 2 team drops Corydon

Bluegrass’ No. 2 team drops Corydon
Bluegrass’ No. 2 team drops Corydon
Corydon Central short stop Kristen Alcorn lays out to keep the ball in the infield on a ball hit up the middle against Louisville Ballard on Monday. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Shying away from quality competition isn’t something the Corydon Central softball program does.
Scheduling tough games isn’t anything new, and, Monday, the Lady Panthers welcomed one of the best teams from across the river to Corydon. Ranked No. 2 in Kentucky, Louisville Ballard used a quick-start first inning and a late home run to eventually drop Corydon Central, 10-1.
‘We picked up Ballard on our schedule through some connections I’ve made through travel ball,’ said Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe. ‘To get our program to the next level, we’ll continue to pick up quality opponents like Ballard. It only will make us better.’
Ballard, the defending state runners-up in Kentucky last season, jumped early on the Lady Panthers. Utilizing left-handed slap hitters with speed, the Lady Bruins pushed four runs across in the opening inning.
‘We have young kids, only one senior, and they were a little intimidated that first inning,’ Briscoe said. ‘We threw the ball around a little bit and didn’t adjust to their slap. If you take away that first inning, it’s a 1-1 ballgame through three innings.’
Corydon Central’s Payton Windell reached base each of the three times she came to the plate. In the first inning, she hit a one-out single. After advancing to second base on a wild pitch, Ashley Crawhorn lined a ball to deep left field along the foul line. Ballard’s Breon Thomas nearly tracked the ball down but couldn’t pull it in. The error allowed Windell to score.
Ballard twirler Allison Wiseman escaped the inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Corydon Central put runners on in all but one inning. Aly Chambers’ lead-off single in the second was nullified by a double play later in the inning. The Lady Bruins turned another double play in the fourth inning to end the frame.
‘We hit the ball pretty well off a pitcher with a 12-1 record,’ Briscoe said.
Wiseman picked up the win in the circle, striking out eight. She was benefited with insurance runs in the fourth inning. Slap singles by Thomas and Jessica Adell were sandwiched around a splendid play by Windell in centerfield. Bailey Walker sent a line drive destined for the grass but was snared by the quick Windell’s diving effort for the second out.
Ballard’s Lex Hull followed Adell’s hit with a screamer that cleared the right-field fence for a 3-run homer. The shot gave the visitors an 8-1 lead.
‘We’ve been working on our range in the outfield, and (Windell) made a great play,’ Briscoe said. ‘(Hull) gets a 3-1 count and hits the home run.’
Corydon Central put two runners on in the sixth inning when Windell reached on an error and Crawhorn singled. Wiseman, however, claimed the next two outs to end the threat. Kristen Alcorn contributed to the Lady Panthers offense in the final inning, hitting a double to left center.
Crawhorn took the loss for the Lady Panthers, striking out three in 4-2/3 innings. Jenna Stiles pitched in relief, escaping a jam in the fifth inning, forcing an Adell ground-out to strand a pair of runners. She gave up one hit during the final two innings.
‘Ashley looked a little fatigued out there,’ Briscoe said. ‘Jenna came in and threw well.’
The loss dropped Corydon Central to 8-13.
‘With our record, no one will believe it because of the athletes and players we have on this team,’ Briscoe said. ‘We’ve lost a lot of one-run, two-run games. It’s a matter of figuring out how to win those games. But, today, we showed we can hit the ball well against a good team and a good pitcher.’
Corydon Central will return to action tomorrow (Thursday) when the Lady Panthers host Austin at 5 p.m. The following day they will welcome another team from across the Ohio, Meade County, at 5 p.m.