Extra-base hits lift Corydon
Corydon Central used three doubles between twin sisters Kayleigh and Sydney Oskin along with a homer by Jenna Stiles to shut out Lanesville last Wednesday, 9-0, in Corydon.
The shutout was the second of the year for the Lady Panthers, the last coming against Perry Central.
‘We haven’t been giving up as much runs this year as in years past,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘We are doing a little starter-closer action the last couple of games. It seems to be working well.’
Stiles, a southpaw, twirled the first five innings, giving up just two hits while striking out four. She gave way to Kayleigh Oskin, who made her pitching debut in relief. Like Stiles, Lanesville collected two hits off the righty reliever.
‘She did real well and said she was really nervous,’ Briscoe said of Kayleigh. ‘I have three pitchers I can throw out there. It’s a good thing.’
Corydon Central put a three spot on the board in the bottom of the first. It started when Kristin Alcorn reached after striking out on a wild pitch. A sac bunt by Kayleigh Oskin saw the Lady Eagles commit an error, putting on two.
Delivering a two-run double, Sydney Oskin brought the unearned runs home.
Capping the inning, Stiles hit a sac fly to plate Sydney, giving her a 3-0 lead in the circle.
Lanesville pitcher Katelyn Hurley had some defensive assistance from center fielder Katelyn Pavey in the second inning. Racing in on a ball hit by Hanna Seacat, Pavey made a diving catch, firing up her squad.
The momentum carried over to the dugout, loading the bases in the top of the third. Makayla Philpott reached on an infield error then advanced on a Nia Tomes bunt. After Pavey was hit by a pitch, Hurley loaded the bases with a single.
With one out and the bases loaded, Stiles worked out of the jam. Laynie Collins grounded out into a fielder’s choice out at the plate. Mckenzie Randolph put the ball in play but grounded out to end the threat.
‘The girls are putting the ball in play,’ Lanesville coach Rusty Cecil said. ‘They don’t strike out a lot and are aggressive.’
Corydon Central added two runs in the fourth when Savanna Wiseman and courtesy runner Sophie Cesar scored. Cesar scored on a sacrifice fly from third base on a ball hit by Alcorn near the Lanesville dugout. With the catcher, pitcher and first baseman converging on the ball, Tomes made the catch against the fence, but, with home unoccupied by a defender, Cesar aggressively ran home.
The Lady Panthers also had three stolen bases.
‘There are kids that can run the bases well,’ Briscoe said. ‘The Cesar kid came in and did some nice stuff. It’s a learning process.’
Four straight hits by Corydon Central in the fifth inning, highlighted by a blast from Stiles, put away the game.
Sydney Oskin reached on her third hit of the evening, a single. Stiles then blasted a long ball over the left-field fence. The duo in the heart of Corydon Central’s lineup have been powerful this season. It was the sixth homer for Stiles.
‘Jenna is leading in our extra base hits, and Sydney Oskin is leading in overall batting; she’s hitting nearly .600,’ Briscoe said. ‘We’ve moved our lineup around a little bit. Alcorn is more comfortable in the lead-off spot, and Kayleigh has settled in in our bunting role.’
Bethany McClanahan and Wiseman added hits in the fifth, leading to two additional runs.
Lanesville had an opportunity to score in the seventh when Michaela Behr led off with a double to the right center-field fence. Three straight ground outs followed, leading to the final score.
Hurley took the loss for Lanesville, striking out three.
With a young team, Cecil said game situations and knowing what to do with the ball is improving although mistakes are still being made.
‘We want to get Hurley’s pitch count down each inning,’ Cecil said. ‘We know when she has to throw 20 or more pitches in an inning things aren’t going well. We have to make better decisions behind her.’
Hurley was solid with the bat, leading the Lady Eagles in hits with two. Randolph and Behr had the other two.
Sydney Oskin finished 3 for 4 at the plate, with a pair of speedy doubles. Wiseman and Alcorn each had a pair of singles.
Up next for Lanesville will be a trip to South Central on Friday. Corydon Central, meanwhile, will head to Salem tomorrow (Thursday).
Lanesville 000 000 0 ‘ 0 4 3
Corydon Central 300 240 x ‘ 9 10 1
W ‘ Stiles, L ‘ Hurley.
2B ‘ Behr (L), S. Oskin 2 (CC), K. Oskin (CC); HR ‘ Stiles (CC).