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Lady Pirates’ bats sting Corydon in 1st inning

Lady Pirates’ bats sting Corydon in 1st inning
Lady Pirates’ bats sting Corydon in 1st inning
Corydon Central's Maddie Fessel connects with the ball, sending it to the gap for a double at Charlestown. Photo by Brian Smith

With a senior-laden lineup, Charlestown’s softball squad used its bats to find holes and blast gaps Thursday night when Corydon Central visited the Lady Pirates.
In an instant, the bottom half of the first inning saw Charlestown flex its muscle with four extra-base hits scoring eight runs. The start was more than enough for the Lady Pirates to snag an 11-0 win in five innings over Mid-Southern Conference foe Corydon Central.
‘This is the second game in a row we got rocked in the first inning,’ Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said.
MacKenzie Smith, from the lead-off spot, shot an opposite-field triple to commence the big frame for Charlestown. Corydon Central twirler Sydney Oskin was able to get Leah Sherrill to strikeout on the next at bat, but a wild pitch allowed Sherrill to advance to first without a throw.
Knocking them home, Carly Price hit the right-center gap with a double. Adding to the scoring total, Brooke Adams, Smith and Sherrill had run-scoring singles.
Sherrill tried to reach second on her two RBI hit, but she was cut down when Kaleigh Oskin applied a tag at the bag.
In all, the Lady Pirates brought home eight runs on six hits and two walks.
Corydon Central attempted to put together a two-out rally in the second inning that ended abruptly when Hanna Seacat couldn’t get out of the way of Kaitlynn Crone’s sharp grounder.
Seacat started by reaching on an infield error then moved to second on a Cami Schmitt single to center. One of the hardest hit balls for the Lady Panthers came from Crone, but the ball, seemingly bound for left center, hit Seacat for an out.
‘Hanna had a hard-luck play and a rally buster,’ Briscoe said.
Charlestown went down in order the next inning, which featured a double play by the Lady Panthers. Third baseman Grace Carver snared a rocketed liner from Bethany Hall. With ball in hand, Carver doubled up Price at second base.
Maddie Fessel went opposite field with a two-strike hit to the right-field wall in the third. Applying the brakes after rounding second, Fessel stopped for a double. She moved to third when Sydney Oskin grounded out. The runner, however, was stranded when Charlestown pitcher Price induced a pair of ground outs.
‘Fessel is really hitting the ball well,’ Briscoe said.
To reach the mercy rule, Charlestown scored three more runs in the fourth. Smith logged her second triple of the game, then Price helped her cause by pulling a shot over the left-field wall.
Charlestown, boasting a lineup of seven seniors and two juniors, out-slugged Corydon Central. The home team won the hit battle 12-3.
‘We’re five games in, and we played three freshmen (Alexis Orme, Carver and Crone) and two sophomores (Kaleigh and Sydney Oskin) in the infield,’ Briscoe said. ‘Our seniors struggled today, and our youngsters are not capable of leading just yet.’
Despite the youth, Briscoe pointed out, as a team, they fanned only three times against the experienced Price.
‘The good news is the young kids are putting the bat on the ball,’ she said. ‘We didn’t strike out much. We just didn’t swing through the ball as well as we could have.’
Smith led Charlestown with a 3-for-3 day while Price, Hall and Willinger had two hits apiece.
The Lady Panthers will travel to rival North Harrison tomorrow (Thursday).

Corydon Central 000 00 ‘ 0 3 0
Charlestown 800 3x ‘ 11 12 1
W ‘ Price, L ‘ S. Oskin.
2B ‘ Fessel (CC), Smith (C), Sherrill (C), Price (C), Willinger (C); 3B ‘ Smith (C) 2.