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Madison softball plays Batesville to DH split
Courier Sports Staff
Monday, May 06, 2013 11:00 AM
Madison's softball team got a potential preview of the Class 3A sectional Saturday, splitting a doubleheader at Batesville.
Batesville won the opener 6-3 before Madison came back to win game two 5-4.
"We might not have had our best stuff today but we were in both games and that's what you want is a chance," Madison coach Tony Ralston said. "We as coaches know that some days we just might not have it but you can still play hard and we did that today. It was a long week for us having six games and then this week is conference so that's tough."
The Bulldogs took advantage of Lady Cub errors in the first game to win 6-3. Madison scored two runs in the top of the first to lead 2-0 before Batesville scored a run in the bottom of the fourth to close to 2-1.
The Cubs made it 3-1 in the top of the fifth but Batesville responded with another run and trailed 3-2. Batesville then plated four runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull away for the eventual 6-3 win.
Madison managed just three hits in the contest. Bree Barnes, Cadie Povaleri and Annelise Hackney each had a hit. Povaleri added an RBI.
Hannah Bickers was dealt the loss inside the circle. Bickers pitched six innings, giving up six runs - one earned - on 11 hits while walking three.
Madison came back in game two to win 5-4 and earn the split.
Batesville led 2-0 after the first inning and held that margin until the fourth when the Cubs scored a run to cut the deficit in half.
Madison took the lead in the sixth inning by scoring three runs and then added one more in the top of the seventh for a 5-2 advantage. The Bulldogs scored two runs in the bottom half of the seventh before the Cubs finally doused the rally to hang on 5-4.
Ashleigh Poling had two of Madison's six hits in game two. Poling was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Povaleri, Brooklyn Smith and Kaitlin Rice each had base hits.
Freshman LeeAnn Fox pitched a complete game for her first varsity win. Fox gave up four runs - two earned - on just four hits through seven innings while walking two and striking out three.
Madison (12-8) begins Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament play today at Jeffersonville.
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