TOUGH TO HANDLE: Madison shortstop LeAnn Fox attempts to gather in a ground ball during Saturday’s game with Silver Creek. The visiting Dragons blew open a close game and rolled to an 11-2 win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
TOUGH TO HANDLE: Madison shortstop LeAnn Fox attempts to gather in a ground ball during Saturday’s game with Silver Creek. The visiting Dragons blew open a close game and rolled to an 11-2 win. (Staff photo by David Campbell)
Southwestern's softball team picked up its first win of the season in a doubleheader at Austin on Saturday.

The Rebels defeated host Austin 9-6 in the first game before falling 9-5 to South Central in game two of the round-robin.

Southwestern pounded out 15 hits in the opener and had chances to add on runs in the second. The Rebels trailed 4-0 after three innings in the first game before pulling away.

"We've been hitting the ball and that's great to see," Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. "If we can clean up some of the mental and physical errors we've been making, our hitting will give us a chance."

Austin Courtney and Shae Geer both had three hits to pace Southwestern in game one. Courtney doubled while Geer drove in three runs. Katie Conover was 2-for-4.

Emily McCane picked up the win in relief of the injured Josie Barnett. McCane struck out six and allowed four hits and three earned runs in five and two-thirds innings.

Conover was 3-for-4 with four RBIs in game two but the Rebels fell a few runs short. Southwestern scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to 7-5 but South Central got two in the seventh to pull away.

Conover played a part in every run Southwestern scored. She singled and later scored on a passed ball in the first and hit an RBI single in the fourth. In the sixth, she bombed a three-run home run, her first varsity round-tripper.

Courtney was also 2-for-4 in game two.

McCane went all seven innings for the Rebels and struck out 11 but suffered the loss.

Southwestern (1-6) hosts Rising Sun today.

Cubs fall to Silver Creek

Madison's softball team scored first but Silver Creek scored more often as the Cubs fell 11-2 Saturday at home.

Madison plated two runs in the bottom of the first and was still protecting that lead when Silver Creek struck for six runs in the top of the third before tacking on four more runs in the top of the fifth to go up 10-2.

The Lady Dragons added another run in the top of the seventh to take the 11-2 victory.

Madison scored two runs on five hits. Bree Barnes and Katlin Brown both went 2-for-3. Barnes also scored a run. Ashleigh Poling had the other hit and was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Katlin Brown took the loss for Madison in the circle. In her five innings of work, she gave up 10 runs on seven hits, but only two runs were earned due to five Madison errors. Brown also struck out two and only walked one.

Hannah Bickers came in for the final two innings in relief. Bickers gave up one earned run on two hits while walking one.

"As you can see our defense broke down today. We let two or three plays determine the game instead of keeping our heads up and moving on to the next play. We hung our heads a little and it affected us," Madison coach Tony Ralston said. "Our girls understood after the game we have to move on. It's early season mistakes. The thing I think is positive is we can correct these mistakes and it will make us better down the road."

Madison (2-1) hosts Jennings County Monday for a varsity-junior varsity doubleheader.