ZEROING IN: Southwestern second baseman Michela Brown throws to first during Tuesday’s game against Milan in Hanover. Brown singled and scored the Rebels’ first run but Southwestern ended up on the losing end, 9-4. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
ZEROING IN: Southwestern second baseman Michela Brown throws to first during Tuesday’s game against Milan in Hanover. Brown singled and scored the Rebels’ first run but Southwestern ended up on the losing end, 9-4. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Six early errors proved costly for Madison Tuesday as the Cubs dropped their opening round game in the Hoosier Hills Conference softball tournament 4-1 Jeffersonville.

"It was disappointing to lose," Madison coach Tony Ralston said. "We have been doing a good job in the field and tonight it let us down and it's plays we make day-in and day-out. The biggest thing for me is they were all unearned runs."

The Red Devils scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the first and another unearned run in the bottom of the third to take an early 4-0 lead that Madison could never recover from. Hannah Bickers scored Jennie Wilson to give Madison its only run of the game in the top of the fifth for the eventual 4-1 final.

Madison had five hits in the ballgame - singles by Bree Barnes, Cadie Povaleri, Annelise Hackney, Jennie Wilson and Bri Tingle. Bickers added the RBI and Wilson scored the lone run.

"We just didn't get the timely hit and we had chances at the plate," Ralston added. "The good thing is we get to turn around tomorrow and redeem ourselves."

Jeffersonville got two hits each from Tori Flaten and Janel Thomas. Thomas also had three RBIs. Emma Coons and Kayleigh Thomas had a base hit each.

LeAnn Fox was dealt the pitching loss for Madison. The freshman Fox went five innings, giving up four unearned runs on six hits while walking one. Fox has allowed only four earned runs in 20 2/3 innings this season.

Emily Gray pitched all seven innings for Jeffersonville, giving up one earned run on five hits while striking out seven.

Madison (12-9) will play Columbus East in the consolation bracket today at home.

Lady Rebels can't protect early lead against Milan

Southwestern jumped out to an early 3-0 lead but couldn't ride that momentum in a 9-4 softball loss to Milan Tuesday in Hanover.

The Lady Rebels scored a run in the first and two more in the second to take the early lead. But errors led to a four-run rally for Milan in the fifth and five more runs in the seventh as the Indians to pulled away.

"We had them right where we wanted them and we let it slip away," Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. "They got some hits but mainly it was errors and mental mistakes."

Southwestern picked up its first run in the first when Michela Brown singled and went to third when Milan's Kiera Hall misplayed the ball in right field. Austin Courtney then followed with a triple to center for a 1-0 lead.

The Rebels got two more runs in the second. Shaye Geer walked, went to second on a wild pitch and scored on an error by pitcher Teresa Jenkins. Sarah Scholey, who reached on that error, later scored on Emily McCane's safety squeeze bunt.

The score remained 3-0 until the fifth when two hits and three errors led to four Milan runs. Three more hits and two more errors in the seventh handed Milan five more runs and the lead for good.

"We had that rough fifth inning but it was still just 4-3. We were still in the game," Ralston said. "Then we shot ourselves in the foot in the seventh."

Southwestern put together a two-out rally in the seventh to score its final run. McCane tripled and scored on Katie Conover's single. But the rally died there.

McCane allowed nine runs on 12 hits in seven innings for Southwestern but only four of the runs scored against her were earned. She also walked two batters.

Conover had two hits to lead Southwestern.

The Rebels (3-17 overall, 2-6 Ohio River Valley Conference) host Eastern (Pekin) today and Shawe on Thursday in a rescheduled game from Monday.