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Big inning lifts NH by SC

North Harrison broke Friday’s game against South Central open in the second inning with 11 runs, leading to a 21-5 five-inning victory on a cold and windy afternoon.
Kicking off the scoring, North Harrison scored two runs in the bottom of the first when the first four batters reached. Kaylin Bright and Brooke Lamon had an RBI each in the frame.
In the big second inning, 16 Lady Cats approached the plate. Aspen Luther and Kendra Lambert came up twice, each walking once and recording a hit. Lamon came up with two hits in the second, a double and a single, plating four runs. Melanie Johnson reached twice, both by getting hit by a pitch.
Following her first-inning damage, Bright hit a three-run triple in the 11-run second inning.
‘We had some kids that haven’t been stinging the ball, but, today, they got a little healthier with the bat,’ North Harrison coach John Lambert said. ‘Defensively, I thought we played really well.’
South Central was able to put runners on in the first and third innings but weren’t able to scratch runs.
In the bottom of the third, North Harrison put up eight additional runs. Katie Freeberg had an RBI double, while Kayla Cash, Abigail Pellman, Bright and Lambert drove in runs.
Lambert scored a run on a sac fly when South Central right fielder Deidre Butler made a running catch in the gap.
‘She’s a good kid, and she gets excited making a play like that,’ South Central coach Israel Temple said.
Temple said he was impressed with North Harrison’s offense.
‘All they did was hit the ball where we weren’t; not much more their coach could ask for,’ Temple said. ‘We didn’t have as many errors today, but North Harrison hit the ball well.’
South Central’s bats came to life a bit in the final two innings, as Kelsey Eckart and Jasmine Nalley had singles in the fourth inning. Eckart’s hit scored a run. In the final inning, Victoria Sallee hit a double to score a run. Unfortunately, Sallee left the game with an injury sliding into third on a steal attempt.
Sallee also pitched in the circle. The Lady Rebels are already without Haley Shaffer, another pitcher on staff, due to injury. Temple said he hopes Sallee can bounce back but didn’t know the extent of the injury.
For the game, Temple was encouraged by his team’s effort, especially late.
‘Mentally, today, we didn’t give up this time,’ Temple said. ‘Two weeks ago, it could have been a worse score. This is the first sign of life after having a rough start. We’re not worrying too much about the strategic part of softball, but rather simplifying the game. I want them to give all they’ve got, but we saw that some today. It’s a little encouraging despite the score.’
South Central’s plate approach was another area of encouragement.
‘Last few games, our approach has been good,’ Temple said. ‘We’re still trying to cut down on our strike outs looking. They all can hit the ball, and, as you can see, some can hit pretty decent. We are preaching to be aggressive.’
The win for North Harrison caps a week of many close games, but the Lady Cats got on the right side of the win-loss column against the Lady Rebels.
‘This week, we showed a lot of growth and grew tremendously,’ Lambert said. ‘We had a one-run game against Corydon then took Salem to extras last night. Tonight, we were fairly solid. I’m pleased with the week.’
In the later innings, Lambert freely subbed in younger players to gain experience.
‘We saw an opportunity to get younger kids some varsity reps,’ Lambert said. ‘We’re low on numbers anyway, so anytime we see an opportunity to get kids in a varsity game, it’s a good thing. I thought the young kids did a good job in the later innings. We made some mistakes, but it’s always a growing process. It’s looking how to improve ourselves.’
Jaclyn Swanson earned the win for the Lady Cats, pitching all five innings, striking out two.
South Central will play at Corydon Central on Monday, while North Harrison will head to Silver Creek tomorrow (Thursday).