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Lady Cubs rally to beat Generals 14-4
Courier Sports Staff
Saturday, May 04, 2013 5:00 AM
Madison roared back from a 4-1 deficit to blow out Clarksville in six innings, 14-4, in softball action Friday at Lady Cub Field.
The Cubs found themselves trailing after Clarksville scored four runs in the third, the big blow a three-run home run by Summer Dees.
But Madison also played long-ball to get back into the game and eventually produce the blowout.
"We battled tonight and that is all we ask every game. Play hard non-stop and good things will happen," Madison coach Tony Ralston said. "We have some injuries right now and the girls that filled in tonight did a great job. We have been talking about being a team and that is what you need when your number is called you have to be ready."
The Cubs scored in the first when Bree Barnes laced a double into left and scored on Cadie Povaleri's groundout.
It was Barnes who put Madison ahead for good in the fourth. Ashleigh Poling opened the inning with a double and Annelise Hackney walked. Sarah Johann scored Poling with a sacrifice fly and Hackney scored on an error.
Barnes then sliced a home run down the left-field line that curled inside the foul pole to drive in two runs and put the Cubs ahead 5-4.
Madison got two more runs in the fifth to go up 7-4 when Poling belted her second home run of the season with Brooklyn Smith on board.
The Cubs blew the game open with seven runs in the sixth to end it on the mercy rule. Barnes, Hannah Bickers, Povaleri, Poling and Hackney all had singles in the inning.
Barnes and Poling, who share the team lead with two home runs each, both had three hits to lead the Cubs' 11-hit attack. Barnes was 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBIs while Poling was 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs.
Bickers was 2-for-3 with a run scored and also picked up the win. Now 5-3 on the season, Bickers allowed only three hits in six innings and struck out two and walked three.
"Bree Barnes did a real nice job tonight. She hit the ball hard every at bat and made a real nice diving catch. She is getting better every day," Ralston said. "Bickers is starting to get in a groove and we need her right now. Poling hit the ball real well tonight and she needed that."
McKayla Wallace and Allie Sparkman had Clarksville's other hits. Bailey Sharp took the loss after allowing seven runs - five earned - on six hits in five innings with seven strikeouts and four walks. Hannah Heintzman gave up four earned runs in two-thirds of an inning of relief.
Madison (11-7) visits Batesville today for a doubleheader.
Rebs top JCD by four runs on back-to-back days
Southwestern softball beat Jac-Cen-Del for the second time in as many days, following Thursday's 5-1 win in Hanover with a 8-4 victory Friday in Osgood.
The Lady Rebels came into the two-game series with just one win on the season. But thanks to a pair of wins, they suddenly have a burst of momentum with just two weeks left in the regular season.
"We hit the ball well tonight. We scored all of our runs in the first two innings but we hit the ball hard all night, they were just at people," Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. "Jac-Cen-Del was fielding line drives out there. And we got hitting all up and down the lineup which was good to see."
Southwestern scored five runs in the first and three more in the second to take an early 8-0 lead. Jac-Cen-Del got three runs in the third and one in the fifth but got no closer.
Josie Barnett was 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs to lead the Rebels, who rapped out 13 hits and got safeties from seven different players.
Katie Conver was 2-for-3 with two runs and two stolen bases, Tyler Smith had a double, a single and drove in two runs, Austin Courtney was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Shaye Geer was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.
Emily McCane picked up the win after allowing no earned runs in five innings. She struck out one and did not walk a batter. Barnett struck out one in two scoreless innings of relief.
Southwestern, now 3-16 overall and 2-5 in the Ohio River Valley Conference, hosts Shawe on Monday.
Waller smacks two triples in Shawe loss at Milan
Shawe Memorial's softball team lost 15-4 at Milan on Friday.
Freshman Maddie Waller had two triples and a double to lead the Hilltoppers' effort. Stephanie Snodgrass also had two hits.
Shawe, now 1-10 overall and 1-7 in the Ohio River Valley Conference, visits Southwestern on Monday.
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