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Copeland pitches, hits Hilltoppers to first win
Courier Sports Staff
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 11:00 AM
SAFE AT THIRD: Shawe’s Stephanie Snodgrass smiles up at coach Gary VanWye (above) after sliding back into third during the Hilltoppers’ softball game with Jac-Cen-Del on Monday. Shawe left-fielder Kyle Wisman (below) camps under a fly ball during the Hilltoppers’ 19-0 baseball loss to Jac-Cen-Del. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Shawe pitcher Emalee Copeland stymied Jac-Cen-Del with her arm and did damage with her bat, too, to lead Shawe Memorial to a 16-9 softball win on Monday at Vandewater Field in Madison.
Copeland struck out seven and held the Eagles to just six hits to pick up the win in the circle. At the plate, she had a single and a double and five RBIs.
Copeland wasn't the only Hilltopper swinging a hot bat, Megan Goebel and Stephanie Snodgrass had two hits each and Megg Hensler and Maddie Waller had a hit each. Snodgrass also scored four runs.
The two teams traded runs throughout the first couple of innings before Shawe finally pulled away. Leading 3-2, the Hilltoppers scored five times in the bottom of the second but JCD answered with five runs in the third to close the gap to 8-7.
But Shawe got four more runs in the third and two more in the fourth to go ahead 16-7 and narrowly miss ending the game on the mercy rule. Jac-Cen-Del tacked on two runs late for the final margin.
Shawe (1-2, 1-2 Ohio River Valley Conference) visits Southwestern on Wednesday.
Rising Sun wins pitchers' duel over Southwestern in softball
Rising Sun's Alix Dedreu bested Southwestern's Kelsi Brierly 2-0 in a classic pitchers' duel Monday in Rising Sun.
Both of the Shiners' runs came in the first two innings but Brierly held Rising Sun scoreless from there. But despite getting baserunners on in every inning Southwestern couldn't break through DeDreu for the runs it needed.
"Our defense was outstanding tonight. We had some great plays and turned a double play to get out an inning," Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. "Unfortunately, we couldn't string any hits together. The difference in this game was execution. We couldn't get any bunts down and Rising Sun did. We've been pretty strong in that area but obviously we need to work on it more. I'm sure it was a very good game to watch, but it's a little disappointing because I feel like we had chances and let it get away."
Sydney Elliot singled in the first, went to second on a DeDreu bunt and scored on Bailee Bostic's single to stake the Shiners to a 1-0 lead.
In the second inning, Katie Jackson singled, stole second and went to third on a sacrifice bunt before scoring on a groundout.
Southwestern's best chance to score came in the seventh. Emily McCane singled and Meagan Ralston hit a hard shot down the third base line that was fielded cleanly to get Ralston at first and end the game.
Brierly, a freshman, walked one and allowed six hits in six innings in the circle. DeDreu allowed five hits, struck out six and walked one in seven innings.
Meagan Ralston, Brierly, Katie Conover and Karli Long also had hits for the Rebels.
Southwestern (3-3, 0-1 Ohio River Valley Conference) hosts Shawe on Wednesday.
Shiners' Weaver fans 14 to turn back baseball Rebels
Cody Weaver struck out 14 and Rising Sun pulled away for an 11-4 Ohio River Valley Conference baseball win over Southwestern Monday at home.
The visiting Rebels touched Weaver early for three runs in the top of the first on RBI singles by Matthew Schwartz and Adam Jackson and a Rising Sun error.
The Shiners answered with three runs in the bottom of the first and added two runs in the third to go ahead 5-3. An error led to a Southwestern run in the fifth but Rising Sun scored four in the bottom of the fifth and added two more late for the final margin.
Weaver settled down after the first inning to hold the Rebels in check. Along with the 14 strikeouts, Weaver allowed only five hits and one walk in the complete-game win.
Tristan Embs started and suffered the loss for Southwestern. The senior allowed eight runs - six earned - on six hits in four innings with six strikeouts and six walks. Jayde Ary allowed three unearned runs on two hits with a pair of strikeouts in two innings of relief.
Gage Hartman, Logan Sprong and Robbie Stoner added hits for Southwestern. Brady Murray went 2-for-2 with two RBIs and two runs scored and Austin McClure had a double for the Shiners.
Southwestern hosts Shawe on Wednesday.
Errors cost 'Toppers 19-0 baseball loss to Eagles
Shawe Memorial committed 11 errors and Jac-Cen-Del took advantage of each one to pull away for a 19-0 Ohio River Valley Conference baseball win on Monday in Madison.
The Hilltoppers (0-4, 0-2 ORVC) got solid starting pitching from Grayson Rhoten but just couldn't make the plays when they needed them.
"We've been getting good pitching, we're just not making the plays that we should," Shawe coach Matt Forner said. "With such a young, inexperienced team, sometimes when they physically miss a ball, mentally they don't make the right play the next time. That's something we're working on."
Jac-Cen-Del scored five runs in the first inning and added three more in the second before putting together a big 7-run third inning to blow open the game. The Eagles added two runs each in the fourth and fifth innings to end the game early.
On the offensive end, Shawe managed just two hits, both by Rhoten. One of Rhoten's hits was a booming double off the left-field fence.
Despite the rough start, Forner said the Hilltoppers remain upbeat and that as his young team grows, maintaining that healthy attitude is important.
"The guys always seem to find something positive to talk about in the huddle after the game. Today, we had guys even congratulating other guys on good plays," Forner said. "The one good thing we saw today was that the guys were in the right position. When you're in the right position, the errors will start to drop."
Shawe heads across the county on Wednesday to face Southwestern before hosting Switzerland County on Thursday.
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