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New Wash nips Lanesville in 7th

New Wash nips Lanesville in 7th
New Wash nips Lanesville in 7th
Lanesville pitcher Emma Zeller fires a pitch during the sixth inning. She would strike out all three batters in the frame. Photo by Brian Smith (click for larger version)

In a rematch of last year’s Class A Sectional 62 softball championship, Lanesville and New Washington found themselves locked into another pitcher’s duel.
On one side was Emma Zeller, who finished with 13 strikeouts for Lanesville, while her opposition, Whitney Morris, fanned nine.
It was a lone run by the Lady Mustangs in the top of the seventh inning that made the difference in the game.
Zeller was tough for New Washington to solve at the plate. The junior faced the minimum number of batters through the first six innings without allowing a runner to reach second base.
The lone early threat ‘ a Kayla Sexton single in the fourth inning ‘ was quickly neglected when catcher Amanda Pavey nailed her attempting to swipe second.
New Washington was able to put a run up with two outs in the seventh inning. After Zeller struck out Ashley Johnson and Morris, she squared off against Sexton again. Zeller induced a ground ball off Sexton’s bat, but an infield error allowed the inning to continue.
The Lady Mustangs cashed in on the miscue. Clean-up hitter Coari Robertson smoked a ball to the right-field fence. The deep shot allowed the run to score from first base while Robertson slid in with a triple.
‘It was a good softball game, but we had a few mental errors that cost us more than the physical error,’ Lanesville coach Rusty Cecil said. ‘There were plays that were needed to be made that weren’t, and that’s the difference in the game. When you play a good team like New Washington, you have to anticipate what to do if the ball is hit to you or your area and you have to make a play.’
Lanesville didn’t go down without a fighting chance. Brooklynn Keinsley worked a walk on a full count to lead off the bottom of the seventh. New Washington coach Tim Sexton then pulled Morris in favor of Brooke Shaw. Pavey hit a sharp single to center off the reliever, putting a pair on.
Advancing both runners a base, Jessica DeWeese put down a sacrifice bunt. Shaw, however, was able to escape trouble, getting Zeller and Anna Gronotte out.
‘We had first and second, then Jessica did a nice job getting them over,’ Cecil said. ‘We couldn’t get the run in.’
New Washington’s win creates a tie at the top of the Southern Athletic Conference standings. The two teams, along with Henryville, have one loss each.
Lanesville had additional opportunities with runners on during the game. Morgan Williams had a one-out single in the first inning but was left at first.
Keinsley drew a walk in the fourth inning with one out then swiped second. After fighting off several pitches, Morris struck out Pavey to get out of the jam.
Another opportunity arose in the sixth when Tara Borders hit a single and later advanced to second on a passed ball. Lanesville’s next three batters, however, went down in succession, stranding the runner.
‘We couldn’t get that hit,’ Cecil said.
In last season’s sectional, New Washington won by the same score in nine innings. The two teams are likely headed for another clash when the postseason rolls around in May.
Zeller took the loss despite giving up only two hits and striking out 13.
‘Emma pitched a heck of a game,’ Cecil said.
Morris earned the win, while Shaw claimed the save. Lanesville managed three hits.
Lanesville will return to action tomorrow (Thursday) when it plays at West Washington. The Lady Eagles will return home Friday to face Paoli.
Lanesville tops Henryville
The Lady Eagles were caught up in another extra-inning affair last Wednesday against fellow SAC-rival Henryville.
Lanesville scored a run in the top of the 10th then held off the Lady Hornets in the bottom half to pull out a 4-3 win on the road.
In the top of the 10th, Amanda Pavey led off with a single for her second hit of the game. Two outs later, Emma Zeller hit a single to score Pavey.
Zeller pitched in relief, earning the win. She struck out two in the final inning.
Lanesville took an early lead in the game when Anna Gronotte scored on a passed ball after reaching on a single. The lead increased to 2-0 when Gronotte scored again. This time after reaching on a hit, she was plated by a Mackenzie Schmelz single.
Audrey Vanmeter hit a home run for the Lady Hornets in the fifth to get their offense going. She also scored in the seventh inning, coming around after a single, to force extras.
All nine hitters for Lanesville had a hit in the game, led by four Zeller singles. Erica Daly added three hits, while Pavey and Gronotte had two each. Brooklynn Keinsley and Daly had the lone extra base hits for Lanesville with a double apiece.