Lady Rebels well off their game in 16-0 rout by Seymour
Southwestern’s softball team had one of its toughest games in years and suffered a 16-0 blowout loss at the hands of Seymour Thursday on the road. The Lady Rebels managed just two hits and committed five errors. Host Seymour, meanwhile, banged out 14 hits and blew the game out early. “This is probably our toughest week of softball; Five games in six days. I think the game with Jac-Cen-Del (on Wednesday) was high energy and probably took some out of us tonight and this was Kelsi (Brierly’s) third appearance in four days,” Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. “If we had a day’s rest it may have been different but I was disappointed that we didn’t at least compete better tonight. Seymour is a very solid team but we are a better team than we showed today.” Brierly, the team’s senior ace, lasted just three and two-thirds innings where she gave up 11 runs on 11 hits with a walk and no strikeouts. Only four of the runs she allowed were earned. Laykn Wilson gave up five unearned runs on three hits in a third of an inning in relief. Abby Ralston and Meagan Ralston accounted for all of Southwestern’s hits, each getting a single. Southwestern, now 11-6 on the season, gets only one day of rest before playing two more tough games on Saturday. The Lady Rebels will face Class 2A No. 3 Henryville and North Harrison in a three-team round robin at North Harrison.
Carroll edges Dragons 3-2
Carroll County softball ground out a win at South Oldham Thursday by scoring an unearned run in the sixth inning and then holding the Dragons to just one run in the seventh for a 3-2 victory in Crestwood. Carroll out-hit the Dragons 8-5 in the game with sophomore Haley Austin leading the way with a 2-for-3 day at the plate and two runs scored. Austin scored the game-winner when she smacked her second single of the night on a shot to left field in the sixth, advanced on back-to-back ground outs and scored on a error for a 3-1 lead. As it turns out that was just enough to hold off South Oldham after the Dragons got a one out double by Sadie Shade in the bottom of the seventh, who then advanced on a single by Katie Phelps and scored on a ground out before the Panthers’ Andrea Searcy struck out leadoff batter Shayla Reed to end the threat and the game. Austin had also scored in the fourth inning to get the Panthers on the scoreboard first. Her one out single to left was followed by a double to center by Gracie Craig. Austin then scored on a single by Kaitlynn Gaddis and Craig scored on a sacrifice fly to left by Bailey Mefford to lead 2-0. South got a run of that back in the bottom of the fourth when Aaliyah Tomes led off with a single and pinch runner Melyssa Banks advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a double to right field by Keirstin Kennedy. That’s where the game remained until Carroll’s all important insurance run in the sixth. Carroll, now 9-14, hosts Christian Academy on Saturday.
Rockets shut out Trimble
Trimble County softball managed just three hits and seven total baserunners in an 8-0 loss at Shelby County on Thursday. Kaylee Clifford was 1-for-2 with a walk, Kate Staples was 1-for-3 and Autumn Ames was 1-for-3 with a double to account for all of Trimble’s hits. Clifford, Shelbe Black, Abby Ponder and Gracie Bromwell drew a walk each to account for the other baserunners. Trimble did get runners in scoring position three times but could not get the break needed to end the shutout. The Raiders opened with back-to-back singles by Clifford and Staples in the top of the first but Black grounded into a double play and Ponder struck out to end the threat. Ames doubled to center in the second but was caught trying to steal third. Black walked to lead off the fourth and advanced on a passed ball only to be later called out at third on an appeal after a one out fly out to right by Morgan Mahoney. Meanwhile, the Rockets scored a run in the first, two in the third, three in the fifth and two in the sixth. Trimble starter Ponder allowed eight runs on six hits and a walk while striking out three. The Lady Raiders, now 7-12, visit Eminence on Monday.