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Lady Eagles win on new turf

Lady Eagles win on new turf
Lady Eagles win on new turf
LanesvilleÂ’s Erica Daly turns on a pitch against rival South Central last Tuesday. The Lady Eagles went on to win, 5-1. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

Last Tuesday was a special day for the Lanesville softball program. Festivities preceded the first softball game to take place at Schickel Field at the Lanesville Youth Park.
The Lady Eagles scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on against Southern Athletic Conference rival South Central, 5-1. The win also gave Lanesville a share of the SAC title.
‘Everything before the game was nice, and we had a great atmosphere,’ said Lanesville coach Rusty Cecil. ‘Our girls were honored to be the first team to play on this field and to call it our home field.’
Emma Zeller twirled all seven innings, striking out 12 for the win. After recording three in the first inning, her teammates provided three runs of offense in the bottom half.
The three runs, however, came without getting a hit. Amanda Pavey reached on a lead-off walk, while Erica Daly followed by reaching on a fielder’s choice.
A walk issued to Jessica DeWeese set up Robyn Schoen’s ground ball that went through the infield by error, scoring Daly. DeWeese and Schoen eventually scored on wild pitches to give Lanesville a 3-0 lead.
‘The girls came out and jumped ahead, and they got a little stagnated,’ Cecil said. ‘We did come back and get a couple more. We had hoped to maybe be more productive offensively, but our pitch selection wasn’t the best. We’re struggling with our pitch selection, and it’s an individual thing.’
South Central put runners on in the second and fourth innings but couldn’t produce runs. That changed in the fifth when Deidre Butler reached on a single. Then, with two outs, Victoria Sallee scored the swift Butler with a single to left field. Zeller escaped the inning by forcing Haley Shaffer to ground out.
Lanesville went on to get runs in the bottom of the fifth, kick-started by a lead-off double to the left-field fence by Daly. She would eventually come around to score on a wild pitch. Schoen, who reached on a walk, eventually scored on an Anna Gibson sacrifice fly to center.
‘We were happy we played well but not satisfied,’ said South Central assistant coach Israel Temple.
Zeller remained strong in the circle, retiring the final seven batters in order.
‘Emma has been pitching well lately and improved to 6-2,’ Cecil said. ‘She lost just 1-0 to No. 4 Tecumseh last weekend. If we can get more offensive production, our pitching and defense should help us be strong in the tournament.’
Sallee was the lone player to finish with multiple hits, collecting a pair of singles.
Both teams will return Monday to Schickel Field to begin Class A Sectional play. Lanesville will play Borden at 5 p.m., followed by South Central taking on New Washington at 7. The championship is scheduled for Tuesday at 5 p.m.
Softball sectional pairings released
Teams (373) were drawn and placed into brackets Thursday for the start of the 28th annual IHSAA Softball State Tournament Series.
Sectional action runs May 21 through 26 with the 64 survivors moving into a one-game regional round on Tuesday, May 29. From there, 32 teams will square off in a four-team semi-state on Saturday, June 2, with the four state championship games scheduled for Saturday, June 9, at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.
The Class 3A Sectional 30 will be hosted by North Harrison. The schedule and pairings are as follows:
Monday, May 21
Game 1: Salem vs. Corydon Central, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22
Game 2: Silver Creek vs. North Harrison, 5:30 p.m.
Game 3: Scottsburg vs. Charlestown, 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, May 23
Game 4: Brownstown Central vs. Game 1 winner, 5:30 p.m.
Game 5: Game 2 winner vs. Game 3 winner, 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 24
Game 6: Championship, 6 p.m.
The Class 2A Sectional 46 will be hosted by Crawford County. The schedule and pairings are as follows:
Monday, May 21
Game 1: Crawford County vs. Henryville, 5 p.m.
Game 2: Paoli vs. Clarksville, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22
Game 3: Game 1 winner vs. Game 2 winner, 5 p.m.
Game 4: Providence vs. Eastern (Pekin), 7 p.m.
Thursday, May 24
Game 5: Championship, 7 p.m.
The Class A Sectional 62 will be hosted by Lanesville. The schedule and pairings are as follows:
Monday, May 21
Game 1: Borden vs. Lanesville, 5 p.m.
Game 2: New Washington vs. South Central, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 22
Game 3: Championship, 5 p.m.
The latest Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association poll has North Harrison ranked No. 9 among 3A teams. In Class A, Lanesville ranked No. 13 while New Washington is No. 16.
Admission to each sectional is $5 per session or $8 for all sessions.

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