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Lady Panthers start, finish strong vs. SC

Lady Panthers start, finish strong vs. SC
Lady Panthers start, finish strong vs. SC
South Central second baseman Sydney Lewis catches a fly ball as Corydon Central's Bethany McClanahan retreats to the bag. Photos by Brian Smith

At one point Monday, South Central pitcher Haley Shaffer retired nine consecutive Corydon Central batters.
Unfortunately for the Lady Rebels, they couldn’t generate much offense off Shaffer’s counterpart, Jenna Stiles.
Despite three scoreless Corydon Central innings (second through fourth), the Lady Panthers put up crooked numbers in the first, fifth and sixth. The end result was a 10-0 victory in Corydon in six innings.
‘We’ve been preaching some kind of level of consistency,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said. ‘We scored three runs early and started to coast. They seemed satisfied.’
Sydney Oskin kicked off the game for Corydon Central with a double down the left-field line. She then scored when sister Kayleigh Oskin brought her around with a hit.
Corydon Central took advantage of a Jenna Stiles walk with one out to score a second run. Bethany McClanahan laced a double to right on an 0-2 pitch. She later scored with two outs on a wild pitch.
The most promising inning for South Central offensively was the top of the second. Shaffer, who finished with three hits, singled to center. Sabra Walker came up and reached on an outfield error.
Emily Miller moved both into scoring position with a sac bunt, but Sydney Lewis grounded out on a ball in front of the plate. Stiles closed the threat by striking out Sydney Goodman.
‘I thought after a couple of good innings in the field we could get our bats going, but that confidence never came,’ South Central coach Katie Crecelius said. ‘We just didn’t have the bats we needed today. Emily Miller did have a nice bunt.’
Both team’s bats were relatively quiet until the fifth.
A two-out bases-loaded single by McClanahan drove in a pair of runs for the Lady Panthers.
More runs came in during the sixth inning.
Leading 5-0, Corydon Central began the frame with a Sophie Cesar single. Sydney Oskin contributed her third hit of the contest as the sun started to peer out from behind the clouds.
Stiles and McClanahan added RBI singles before the game ended on Savanna Wiseman plating two after reaching on an infield error.
‘We have real trouble in the third, fourth inning or so with our focus,’ Briscoe said. ‘I talked to Jenna to get her focused. We’ve tried some starter and closer instances to find some consistency. We want seven innings of conscious play.’
Stiles earned the win, reaching double-digit strikeouts with 10 without allowing a walk.
Shaffer had strong moments in the circle, striking out six while walking four.
‘Haley does a nice job,’ Crecelius said. ‘She’s a great senior leader. Her and (catcher) Jordan Renn have really started to find a good groove lately. Haley made a good appearance at the plate today, going 3 for 3, all up the middle.’
The South Central skipper, a former player at Corydon Central, said her team had a tough time adjusting to Stiles’ fastball on the outer half of the plate.
‘We have some important conference games coming up,’ Crecelius said. ‘We’re going to work on our hitting.’
The Lady Rebels will face New Washington and Lanesville this week.
With a roster of 11, the South Central coach said all the girls have been positive and on the same page.
Corydon Central’s first six batters recorded hits versus the Lady Rebels. Kayleigh and Sydney Oskin, along with McClanahan, had multi-hit games.
‘We’re better than our 8-11 record,’ Briscoe said. ‘We’ll be ready by tournament time. We’ve probably played more games than anyone around. Today, we hit the ball when it counted.’
South Central will host New Washington tomorrow (Thursday) and Lanesville on Friday. Corydon Central will head to Salem tomorrow.

South Central 000 000 ‘ 0 4 1
Corydon Central 300 025 ‘ 10 11 1
W ‘ Stiles, L ‘ Shaffer.
2B ‘ McClanahan (CC), S. Oskin (CC).