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Pitcher’s duel goes to Borden in first round

Pitcher’s duel goes to Borden in first round
Pitcher’s duel goes to Borden in first round
Lanesville center fielder Erica Daly races in to make a diving attempt at a ball hit in the second inning against Borden in the Class A Lanesville Sectional Monday. Photo by Brian Smith

Pitch for pitch it was a Paige Schindler-versus-Emma Zeller battle.
It was Schindler who came away Monday with the victory for No. 4 Borden, twirling 18 strikeouts and eliminating the defending Class A Semi-state runner-up No. 13 Lanesville. The opening game of the Lanesville Sectional needed just one run to decide the spot in the championship game, slated for tonight (Wednesday).
To go with the strikeout total, Schindler held Lanesville hitless through the seven innings.
‘One-run games,’ Lanesville coach Rusty Cecil said. ‘As I told the girls, we’ve won a sectional 1-0 and we’ve lost one 1-0. This is the second one for us to lose 1-0. We played a much better game against Borden this time than the last time we saw them.’
Borden’s lone run came in the third inning. A lead-off single out of the nine-hole, Caitlin McKinley put a runner on first.
Consecutive sacrifice bunts by sisters Riley Schindler and Paige Schindler put McKinley at third.
With two outs, Haley Shouse hit a slow roller toward second base. Charging to make a play, Robyn Schoen’s underhand toss to first was late. Shouse, beating out the throw, allowed McKinley to score.
Although the Lady Eagles struck out multiple times, they had chances to score in several innings.
One of the best shots was in the third when Jessica DeWeese led off with a walk. Pinch runner Hannah Conder moved up to second when Laynie Collins got on via a fielding error. With two on and no outs, Paige Schindler responded by fanning three batters in a row.
Another lead-off walk in the fourth issued to Erica Daly posed another Lady Eagles shot, but, again, Schindler put down the next three with Ks.
‘You have to shorten up your swing, widen your stance; there are a lot of adjustments you can do at the plate,’ Cecil said. ‘Annie (Parsons) moved back and hit the ball hard a few times. We didn’t adjust very well overall.’
Schindler’s arsenal of pitches featured a rise ball that proved tough for many Lady Eagles to avoid the temptation to swing.
Opposite Schindler, Zeller had a strong day in the circle as well, striking out seven.
She gave up a lead-off double to Kristen Nestor in the second inning then a walk to Taylor Streander. Zeller escaped trouble, forcing a ground-out, strikeout swinging and a pop-out to Schoen.
‘She pitched a good game today but, offensively, we didn’t do enough offensively to help her,’ Cecil said.
Defense also aided the Lady Eagles in the fifth inning when McKinley lifted a ball toward the left-center field gap. Left fielder Katelyn Pavey came up with the snag, holding on while colliding with center fielder Daly. The two popped up unscarred with Daly making a running catch to record the second out of the frame.
In the end, it was the pitching of Schindler that pressed Borden (16-3) by host Lanesville. Borden’s Streander reached ball in all three plate appearances (two walks and a single).
Schindler was also impressive in the regular season meeting. The freshman recorded 15 strikeouts then in a 4-0 Lady Braves win, eventually leading to Borden running the table in the Southern Athletic Conference.
The Lady Eagles finished the season with a 13-9 record and graduates six: Jessica DeWeese, Ashley Jones, Schoen, Conder, Daly and Zeller.

Lanesville 000 000 0 ‘ 0 0 0
Borden 001 000 x ‘ 1 5 1
W ‘ P. Schindler, L ‘ Zeller.
2B ‘ Nestor.