Lady Rebs fade late vs. Borden
Through four innings, South Central kept within a few runs of Borden in the Class 1A Lanesville Sectional semi-final last Tuesday before the Lady Braves pulled away.
Class 1A No. 4 Borden scored four in the fifth and added a five spot in the sixth to pull out a 12-0 decision against the Lady Rebels.
‘Borden is an incredible team,’ South Central coach Katie Crecelius said. ‘They had several big hits, but I was proud that we hit the ball and put it in play much better than our last game. We made their defense work a little bit.’
Both pitchers ‘ Borden’s Paige Schindler and South Central’s Haley Shaffer ‘ racked up their fair share of strike outs. Schindler finished with eight, while Shaffer had nine. The difference was between the strikeouts; Borden came up with 11 hits, including five for extra bases.
‘Haley has done a tremendous job pitching for us in many of our games,’ Crecelius said.
Borden put up two runs in the opening inning on an RBI single by Taylor Streander and a ground-out off the bat of Keisha Curry.
South Central put a runner on in the bottom half of the frame when Sydney Lewis was hit by a pitch. The Lady Rebels weren’t able to move Lewis around.
The second inning went quick, filling the score book with six straight strikeouts.
Ending the mini slumps, Borden’s Riley Schindler smacked a triple to the right-field wall. An overthrow error allowed Schindler, who dove into the plate, to score.
Held to only one hit, South Central’s Madison Mellick lined a single to center with one out in the fourth. Another come-backer hit by Sabra Walker was snared by a diving Paige Schindler in the circle for the inning’s final out.
Crecelius said her team actually connected better in counts that typically favor the pitcher.
‘I felt like when she got us 0-2, 1-2, she brought more junk and we were able to get it in play more,’ Crecelius said. ‘Her rise and screw ball are tough on batters.’
With a 3-0 lead, Borden ballooned the margin to 7-0 after the fifth. Kristen Nestor had an RBI triple, while Curry brought home a pair with a center-field single.
Enacting the mercy rule, Borden put up five in the sixth inning. Riley Schindler and Nestor had their second triples of the game during the frame. They each would go 3 for 4 at the dish.
In all, the Lady Braves outhit South Central 11-1. The Lady Rebels also committed a trio of errors.
South Central, armed with a short roster, graduates two: Shaffer and third baseman Emily Miller.
‘I’m really proud of this group,’ Crecelius said. ‘They are wanting to get here early and be ready for this game. We’re moving forward. We’ll miss Emily and Haley tremendously. It’s hard not to get emotional over our seniors. They are two kids that have remained positive around the program as team leaders.’
The Lady Rebels finished with a 5-13 record, an improvement from last season.
Borden went on to defeat New Washington 1-0 in the championship game.
Borden 201 045 ‘ 12 11 0
South Central 000 000 ‘ 0 1 3
W ‘ P. Schindler, L ‘ Shaffer.
2B ‘ Gertin (B); 3B ‘ R. Schindler 2 (B), Nestor 2 (B).