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Lady Panthers blow open game late

Lady Panthers blow open game late
Lady Panthers blow open game late
Corydon Central first baseman Emily Harbaugh applies a tag to Charlestown's Riley Wampler during play Monday. Photo by Brian Smith

Late against Charlestown, Corydon Central padded its lead in the first round of the Class 3A Corydon Central sectional to post a 10-1 win over the Lady Pirates.
Both teams reached double-figure hits, but it was the Lady Panthers who were the better run producers. Benefiting from seven Charlestown errors, six on the infield, also helped Corydon Central in the long run.
‘We picked up four or five runs off errors,’ Corydon Central coach Jeff Carver said. ‘We didn’t hit the ball real sharp. If we can hit the ball, we will be fine this week.’
It was a tournament win for Corydon Central on Monday, played in cloudy skies as threats of rain steered clear of the playing surface.
Although at home, Corydon Central was the visiting team on the scoreboard and quickly put up two runs in the opening inning. A single off the bat of Grace Erwin, a walk drawn by Kaleigh Oskin and a bunt single from Alexis Orme loaded the bases. Pulling a ball on the infield, Cami Schmitt’s grounder was misplayed by Charlestown’s second baseman, allowing two runners to score.
The top three batters in Charlestown’s lineup were tough outs for Corydon Central starter Sydney Oskin. Lead-off hitter Skylar Roark, Oskin’s pitching foe, went 4 for 4. She scored Charlestown’s lone run in the first inning when Shirlee Hayes hit a double. Hayes went 2 for 3, while teammate Shelbie Baird was 3 for 4.
‘Charlestown’s top four or five are really good hitters,’ Carver said. ‘They had really improved from earlier in the season when we played at their place.’
Charlestown, during seven innings, stranded 13 base runners.
‘Sydney was a little uptight and nervous at the start,’ Carver said. ‘She got called for crow hopping, which she wasn’t dragging her toe, and it became a mental thing. Once she got going, she pitched well.’
Holding a 3-1 lead, Corydon Central added two runs in the sixth. Infield errors led to Sydney Oskin, Erwin and Orme reaching base and scoring runs.
After Sydney worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, Corydon Central doubled its scoring output in the seventh by putting up a five-spot.
At one point, Sydney Oskin, Erwin, Grace Carver, Kaleigh Oskin and Orme hit consecutive singles during the seventh.
‘It was late building our lead,’ Carver said. ‘(Roark) is not a bad pitcher. We faced her in her first game back earlier in the year.’
Midway through the seventh inning, the Lady Panthers’ dugout become more and more boisterous as advancement to the semi-final to face Brownstown Central today (Wednesday) loomed.
‘The girls could sense later in the game we were in better shape than earlier in the game,’ Carver said. ‘We know we have Brownstown next. We may have run-ruled them during the season, but I told the girls it’s tournament time. They have good athletes and anything can happen.’
Corydon Central came into the tournament with momentum with a win over New Albany the week prior. The Lady Panthers also defeated West Washington in nine innings to win a tournament hosted by the Lady Senators. Grace Carver hit a late home run to seal the tournament.
‘West Washington is a good 1A team, and we had a big win over New Albany after a rough game against Floyd Central,’ coach Carver said. ‘We were able to get a few runs in against New Albany and get a win over a 4A team. I think they are focused.’
Against Charlestown, Oskin went the distance for the win, striking out 12. Erwin and Orme had three-hit games for the Lady Panthers, while the Oskin twins had two hits apiece.

Corydon Central 200 102 5 ‘ 10 13 0
Charlestown 100 000 0 ‘ 1 11 7
W ‘ S. Oskin, L ‘ S. Roark.
2B ‘ S. Hayse (C), S. Baird (C); 3B ‘ S. Oskin (CC).