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Lady Cats stop Brownstown

Lady Cats stop Brownstown
Lady Cats stop Brownstown
North Harrison catcher Melanie Johnson looks to tag Brownstown CentralÂ’s Brooke Roges in the third inning of the Lady CatsÂ’ win. Photo by Wade Bell (click for larger version)

The North Harrison Lady Cats softball team finished its Mid-Southern Conference schedule Thursday night with a solid 4-1 win in a two-hitter against visiting Brownstown Central. Kenedy House played a major role after returning from an injury, going 3 for 3 with the bat and making four put-outs.
‘Having her back was a major key,’ North Harrison assistant coach Tony Young said. ‘She batted as DH the last game, but this was her first game back at full capacity, to be playing second base and the whole game. Having a big stick back in the line-up helps a lot.’
Brownstown Central went three-up-and-down in the first inning on some solid pitching by North Harrison’s Brittany Rudolph. In the bottom of the inning, with two outs, House ripped a double in the left-field gap. Senior Brooke Lamon followed with a single that scored House for a 1-0 lead.
‘Getting Kenedy House back in our line-up was a huge part for us,’ Young said. ‘She batted the last game, but she was actually playing the game, and I think that gave the team a lot of confidence. Then, when she gets in there at her first at-bat and strokes a double and scored a run off that, she was responsible for two of our runs there. That was a huge part, getting her back in the line-up and our full team back together.’
Rudolph kept the Lady Braves off balance in the second inning. With two outs, the Lady Cats put two more runs on the board. After Rudolph walked, Katie Freeberg went to first on a Brownstown Central error. Jourdan McAfee took advantage of a second Lady Braves error, with courtesy runner Jesika VanZandt scoring. Freeberg later scored on a Brownstown Central overthrow, and the Lady Cats took a 3-0 lead.
Neither team scored again until the top of the fifth inning when Brownstown Central finally put its first run on the scoreboard. Pitcher Kourtney Branaman walked and scored as Macleigh Fidd ripped a double to right-center field.
In the bottom of the inning, North Harrison got that run back. Lambert singled and moved to second as Kaylin Bright grounded out to Branaman. House lifted a single to score Lambert, and the Lady Cats lead went to 4-1.
Brownstown Central never really threatened the remainder of the game, and the Lady Cats had the 4-1 win.
‘It was a very important game for us,’ Young said. ‘We started our season 0-4 in the conference and we finish at 5-0 ‘ finishing 5-4 in the conference. It was a good win for us as young as our kids are. Early in the year, our young kids, it was little like a deer in the headlights, and now they’re starting to come in on their own.’
Besides House’s three hits, Lamon added two for the Lady Cats. North Harrison had just one error for the seven innings and left seven runners on base. Rudolph struck out two and walked two Brownstown Central batters.
‘What was really nice tonight, we were able to produce in the top of our lineup, in the middle of our lineup and in the bottom of our lineup,’ Young said. ‘The first half of the season, only our upperclassmen, our juniors and seniors, were producing our runs for us. We’re really starting to get a lot of production out of our freshmen now. We need it because we’re playing five of them.’
‘We had a good clean game,’ he said. ‘We just scratched out one run, one run, one run four times in a row, and it was enough to hold up. Brittany pitched a great game, and we played solid defense. It was a clean game for us.’
Brownstown Central’s only two hits came from Hallie Wessel and Fidd. The Lady Braves had three errors and left four runners on base. Branaman struck out two and walked one Lady Cats batter.
‘I would like to think we haven’t hit our peak,’ Young said. ‘I’d like for us to hit our peak in about a week and a half from now. That would be a good time.’