Cubs' 'focused' bats pound South Ripley
Saturday, April 06, 2013 5:00 AM
Madison's softball team scored 11 runs on 11 hits, more than enough to come away with an 11-4 win at South Ripley on Friday.
WHIFFED: Southwestern shortstop Austin Courtney (left) reaches to apply the tag to a Silver Creek base runner in the Rebels’ 11-4 loss Friday in Hanover. The tag was in time but the glove missed its mark and the runner was safe. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
"We had a pretty good offensive night," Madison coach Antione Ralston said. "I was proud of how many two-strike hits we had tonight. That means we are focused throughout the whole at-bat."
The Cubs scored in all but two innings including three in the first and sixth innings and two runs each in the second and fourth. South Ripley got all of its runs in the first two innings.
"Hannah Bickers didn't have her best stuff tonight but she battled and hung in there," Ralston said of his starting pitcher. "It's real early for her still, but she will be fine though. I thought Kaitlin Brown came in and did a real nice job tonight."
Bickers got the win, allowing four earned runs on four hits and four walks with three strikeouts through three innings. Brown tossed four innings of one-hit relief to shut down the Raiders the rest of the way with six strikeouts and one walk.
Madison's 11-hit attack included a 3-for-5 day by Ashley Poling and a 2-for-5 day by both Bickers and Brown. Bickers led the Cubs with three RBIs. Poling had the only extra base hit, a double. The Cubs benefitted from four South Ripley errors.
Emily Cumberworth was 3-for-4 with two of the Raiders' runs and one RBI to lead South Ripley.
Madison (2-0) hosts Silver Creek at 11 a.m. today.
Silver Creek's 10-run first too much for Southwestern
Southwestern's softball team spotted Silver Creek 10 runs in the first inning and then played with the visitors 4-3 the rest of the way in a 14-3 loss Friday in Hanover.
"It was really over before it started but we've got a young team and we're still trying to work things out," Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. "Actually, after the first inning we settled down and they only scored four more times to our three so you've got to be encouraged by that."
Southwestern broke up the shutout in the bottom of the third when shortstop Austin Courtney belted a one-out triple and scored on Josie Barnett's ground out to second.
The Rebels then came back to score two in the fifth inning when Sarah Scholey singled to right and took third when the Silver Creek defender failed to cover the grounder. Courtney was once again the clutch bat for the Rebels, driving in Scholey with a single to right-center. Barnett then singled to right-center to put runners at the corners and Courtney scored on a double steal that resulted in Barnett being tagged out at second.
The two runs pulled the Rebels within 11 - two less than Southwestern would have needed to prevent the game from ending under the mercy rule after five innings.
Southwestern (0-5) visits Austin today for a three-team doubleheadser with the Eagles and South Central.