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Corydon Central tames wind, Lady Cats

Corydon Central tames wind, Lady Cats
Corydon Central tames wind, Lady Cats
Grace Erwin slides in safely to home plate as a throw home is wide of North Harrison catcher Jada Peyton. Photo by Brian Smith

The white chalk had trouble keeping a straight line from home plate to the outfield grass at North Harrison on Thursday.
Gusts of wind sprayed the particles along the first-base line toward fair territory, while the third-base line spread toward the Lady Cats’ dugout.
Despite the wind, Corydon Central’s trip to Ramsey was a success. Playing under sunny skies likely didn’t draw many concerns as the Lady Panthers’ bats were hot, stinging 16 hits for 14 runs. North Harrison, meanwhile, struggled with defense at times and fell 14-3 in six innings.
‘One through nine I thought we were solid,’ Corydon Central coach Jeff Carver said. ‘Defensively, I thought we were pretty good. I’ve told the girls that, if we can put up four of five runs in a game, our defense has proven to keep us in games and play with anybody.’
All nine players in the Corydon Central lineup reached base with eight registering at least one hit. They loaded the bases in the first inning but came up empty. The rest of the way, the Lady Panthers scored at least one run in the final five frames.
Much of the damage in the second inning came with two outs. Sydney Oskin knocked a double to right center bringing home Emily Harbaugh from first base. Grace Erwin plated a run with a shallow fly to right then later scored when Kaleigh Oskin reached on an error.
Scoring opened up in the third for Corydon Central as miscues piled up for North Harrison. Harbaugh and Sydney Oskin reached on errors, sandwiched between an RBI single hit by Brianna Harper. A long sacrifice fly to center from Grace Erwin brought in a run. Up next, Grace Carver laced a single down the left-field line resulting in Corydon Central jumping out to a 7-0 lead after three innings.
A handful of fly balls on the infield saw the wind hamper North Harrison’s ability to record outs in the early going.
‘The wind was crazy,’ North Harrison coach Tim Smith said. ‘I told our girls to be ready for the wind. It was a tough loss, but we will move on. It’s not the end of the season for us.’
North Harrison had one hit against Corydon Central starter Sydney Oskin, who went four innings of shutout ball. She took the win, striking out six. Jada Peyton had a 2-for-2 day for the Lady Cats, reaching with a single in the second inning. She later drove in Kendall Beyerle with a double in the fifth. Beyerle went 2 for 3 on the day.
In the top of the fifth, however, Corydon Central pushed the lead to 10-0 when Kaleigh Oskin, Alexis Orme, Cami Schmitt and Erwin had hits. Orme’s double to left center drove in a run.
Peyton’s shot in the fifth pushed the game to the sixth inning where the visiting Lady Panthers posted four additional runs. Back-to-back doubles by Harbaugh and Harper set the tone for the inning. Both Harbaugh (2 for 4) and Harper (3 for 4) had productive days for the bottom of the Corydon Central lineup.
‘We’ve used two or three different lineups so far,’ Jeff Carver said. ‘(Harper) can smoke the ball. She’s a great athlete who is offensively minded. With the flex position, we can work her into the lineup.’
Also in the sixth inning, Erwin added her third hit while Orme smacked a double to the fence.
North Harrison didn’t go down quietly. After Grace Schroeder drew a lead-off walk, Rachel Purser belted a homer over the left-field fence. It was the team’s 10th homer of the season.
‘Offensively, we have performed really well so far,’ Smith said. ‘We’ve hit the ball hard and solid. We hit a little slump last night at Mitchell and again tonight. We still need to work on a few things.’
The power of North Harrison drew the respect of Corydon Central.
‘Was it a concern? Yes and no,’ coach Carver said. ‘I’m not sure they had seen quality pitching yet on their schedule. Both of our girls we feel are some of the better pitchers in the area. But with the girls we knew could hit it, we had to work the ball around a little more.’
Kaleigh Oskin twirled the final two innings, striking out four.
Harper and Erwin had three hits apiece for the Lady Panthers.
‘Lexi Orme calmed down after her first few at bats to have some great ones late,’ Carver said. ‘Erwin, our freshman, has struggled a few games hitting but really showed her worth today with the bat and glove. She made a really nice play, getting dirty and making a throw. She’s still a freshman.’
Carver said if he had any let downs against the Lady Cats, it was taking called third strikes.
‘Other than that, I thought we played close to a perfect game,’ he said.
North Harrison split the pitching duties between freshmen Ashton Blackburn and Emily Ingle. Both went three innings apiece and combined for nine strikeouts.
‘Our girls hit spots and, when they missed a few times, their girls got a hold of the ball,’ Smith said. ‘We just had too many errors tonight. The wind got us on three or four, and the rest were errors we shouldn’t have had either. I told them this game will sting a little bit but learn from it.’

Corydon Central 034 124 ‘ 14 16 0
North Harrison 000 012 ‘ 3 5 6
W ‘ S. Oskin, L ‘ A. Blackburn.
2B ‘ A. Orme 2 (CC), S. Oskin (CC), E. Harbaugh (CC), B. Harper (CC), J. Peyton (NH); HR ‘ R. Purser (NH).

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