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Southwestern walk-off HR caps 12-2 rout of Madison
Courier Sports Staff
Saturday, April 26, 2014 5:00 AM
Southwestern jumped on Madison for five runs in the first inning and then never let the Lady Cubs off the mat in a 12-2 softball win on Friday in Hanover.
Rebels starter Kelsi Brierly pitched out of an early jam in the top of the first inning when Madison's Bree Barnes drew a leadoff walk and Bri Tingle reached on a error to put runner at the corners with no outs.
Brierly fanned the next two Cubs, however, and got Brooklyn Smith on a line out to douse the threat and send the Rebels to the plate where they were less charitable to Madison starter LeAnn Fox.
Austin Courtney and Karli Long reached on errors. Courtney then scored on a passed ball and Long came home on a single by Brierly. A walk to Katie Conover and base hit by Josie Barnett then loaded the bases before Shaye Geer hit into a fielder's choice to score courtesy runner Michaela Mahoney and Brittney Ralston smacked a two-run single that made it 5-0 after one inning.
The Rebels tacked on two more runs in the second on an RBI double by Conover, one in the third on an RBI single by Barnett and then closed out the Cubs with a four-run fifth inning capped by a walk-off, two-run, homer by Conover to end the game on the mercy rule.
"The kids were pretty excited," Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. "That's about the most pumped-up I've seen them in a long time. Actually, before the game we were really pumped-up to play and I think that made a big difference in the game. Madison made some errors and we got some hits. We had some errors, too, but we never gave up the big inning."
Madison managed a run each in the third and fourth innings but that was not near enough with Brierly scattering five hits and two walks while striking out four.
"I was just really disappointed in how we played," Madison coach Tony Ralston said. "We have to find a way to bounce back. Our defense let us down early and when you give a team like Southwestern confidence at the plate this is what you get. I give their team a lot of credit they did a nice job tonight. We have to learn to bring the right mentality every day."
Conover was 2-for-2 with three runs and three RBIs - including a double and the game-ending homer - to lead the Rebels. Barnett was also 2-for-2 and Meagan Ralston, Long, Brierly, Geer and Brittney Ralston had a hit each.
Mallory Wisman was 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles for Madison and Barnes, Fox and Tingle had a hit each.
Brierly got the complete-game win while Fox took the loss, allowing 12 runs on nine hits and three walks in 4 2/3 innings while striking out four.
Southwestern (8-3) hosts Switzerland County Monday. Madison (4-4) hosts Greensburg for a doubleheader today.
Hlltoppers rout Eagles
Shawe broke through for a big lopsided win on the road Friday, rolling over Austin 33-6 for the Hilltoppers second win of the season.
Gabi Pawlak pitched the Hilltoppers to the win, striking out six Eagles on the day.
Maddie Waller, Emalee Copeland and Sarah Sanders had a single each while Stephanie Snodgrass and Pawlak smacked a pair of hits each and Waller belted two doubles while Snodgrass hit one.
Shawe (2-5) hosts Scottsburg today.
Pacers fall 15-7 to Raiders
Switzerland County softball fell 15-7 to conference rival South Ripley on Friday in Vevay as the Lady Raiders scored in every inning but the second.
Switzerland actually led 4-2 after the second inning but South Ripley scored two runs in the third and fifth innings and three each in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings to win the game going away.
Kelsi Konkle took the loss for the Pacers. She gave up seven earned runs out of the 15 Raider markers while striking out eight and walking two.
Susie Reyes was 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI for the Pacers while Brooke Todd was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Konkle, McKenna Edwards, Samantha Christerson, Rachel Ard, Bre Braun and Hope Tankersley had a hit each.
The Pacers (3-4) visit Franklin County today.
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