Lady Panthers spread hits out in Crawford rout
Cranking out hits from the top to the bottom of the line-up, Corydon Central cruised past Crawford County 11-1 in six innings Monday.
Each player in the Lady Panthers’ starting nine tallied at least one hit, with Aly Chambers, Jenna Stiles and Bethany McClanahan recording multiple hits.
‘More you play, the better you get,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘I think with the number of games we’ve played (13), the more pitches they’ve seen, they’re becoming more disciplined hitters. They have the talent but a little youthful.’
Despite the score, Crawford County held a slim lead when the visiting team struck first. With two outs, Mandi McClain and Karissa Hensley hit back-to-back singles. McClain eventually came around to score when Zoie Hensley followed with a double.
Lady Panthers twirler Stiles ended the threat of more runs when she struck out Heather Little. Stiles would eventually score the win, striking out 11 while walking three and yielding five hits.
It was Corydon Central’s offense that responded in the bottom of the first to not only gain the run back, but put two additional on the center-field score board.
Kristin Alcorn and Aly Chambers opened the offensive surge with singles. Payton Windell cleared the base paths with a two-run double. She would later come around to score when Kaitlyn Logsdon lifted a deep sacrifice fly to center.
Corydon Central’s lead increase to 5-1 in the third inning. After McClain induced a pair of ground-outs, Windell drew a walk and swiped second base. Consecutive doubles off the bats of Logsdon and Stiles plated a run each.
Fielding miscues by Crawford County allowed Corydon Central to plate three more runs in the fourth inning. A lead-off double by Stiles in the fifth produced a run when McClanahan followed with single.
Stiles completed a 3-for-4 day at the plate with a single, plating Chambers and Windell in the final inning to reach the 10-run mercy rule.
The win comes after a narrow defeat to Floyd Central at the Jasper Invitational.
‘We played really well and had the opportunity to beat Floyd. We left 12 runners on base, but today we hit the ball better,’ Briscoe said. ‘It’s encouraging because we have a long week ahead of us.’
Against the Lady Pack, Corydon Central shifted players in different positions and inserted different faces into the line-up. Money made the move in to play catcher, gunning down a trio of would-be base stealers.
‘Money has become an infield leader, and we were missing that,’ Briscoe said. ‘The other two (catchers) can catch but don’t lead as well. They focus really well on doing the job of catching well but forget the other job of being the field general. (Money) has stepped up the last week or so as a senior leader.’
An illness and family issue sidelined the team’s other seniors, Ashley Mattingly and Kayla Owsley.
Experimenting in April with various line-ups has its benefits, according to Briscoe.
‘It keeps people in check with the reality they are replaceable,’ she said. ‘Hopefully, we can see when it’s your day to play, it’s your day to shine … We’re starting to feel better about ourselves but not happy with where we are right now.’
Stiles finished with three RBIs, while Money, Windell and Logsdon had two each.
The Lady Panthers will host Louisville Holy Cross tomorrow (Thursday) at 6:30 p.m.