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Trimble christens field with first win of season
, Courier Sportswriter
Tuesday, April 09, 2013 11:00 AM
WAY TO GO: Trimble County right fielder McKenna Ginn (above, 6) helps second baseman Menia Cabada up after Cabada’s diving catch in the third inning of Monday’s game with North Oldham. Sophomore pitcher Tabby Gosman (below) struck out 10 as Trimble opened its new field in style with a 5-4 win. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
Trimble County made its first game on its new field a winning one with a 5-4 victory over North Oldham Monday in Bedford.
The Raiders' brand-new field at Bedford Elementary School wasn't ready for the season opener thanks to wet conditions throughout the month of March. As a result, Trimble waited almost a month to get on its new field.
But the wait was worth it. Sophomore pitcher Tabby Gosman struck out 10 and seven different Raiders collected a hit as Trimble picked up its first win of the season.
"I think at first we were a little bit nervous but I think once we played that first inning it went fine from there," said Trimble coach Tonya Black, whose team had not played since March 22. "I think they were real excited. I know I am."
North Oldham, which entered the game riding a seven-game losing streak, touched Gosman for a pair of runs in the top of the first on Hannah Dugan's two-run single.
But Gosman settled down after that. The sophomore southpaw struck out two in the second and did not allow another hit until the fifth. It wasn't all roses for Gosman, who also walked six, but overall she kept the Mustangs off-balance all game.
"We were a little bit worried about the walks but every time she walked somebody she came back to strike out the next batter," Black said. "She pitched very well."
After spotting North the two-run lead, Trimble regrouped and took the lead for good in the bottom of the second.
Gosman started the rally by reaching on an error and Leyna Ritter followed with a single and Menia Cabada walked to load the bases.
Jessie Dunlap brought in one run when her bloop single fell in just behind first base and Sydney Weaver plated a second run with a single. An errant throw on Weaver's ball allowed Dunlap to score for a 3-2 lead.
Trimble (1-3, 1-0 District 29) added two insurance runs in the fifth which proved to be crucial to the Raiders' win. Kayla Baker opened the inning with a double and Gosman singled. Baker then scored when North catcher Mikayla Benson overthrew third on Baker's stolen base attempt.
Cabada singled in pinch-runner Katie Gonterman to put Trimble ahead 5-2.
North Oldham (3-8, 0-2 District 29) had a chance to tie the game in the sixth. After Caitlin Francescai singled and Benson walked, pinch-hitter Tess Gerdemann hammered a two-out double to center field to score both runners.
Gerdemann tried to stretch her double into a triple but center fielder Dunlap quickly got the ball back into the infield and shortstop Paige Black threw a seed to third baseman Weaver to easily nail the Mustang runner.
North got the tying run on base in the seventh but Gosman popped the next two Mustang batters up to end the game.
Weaver and Dunlap both went 2-for-4 to lead Trimble but nearly every player in the Raider lineup got a hit.
North, meanwhile, managed just five hits to go with six walks by Gosman. Melissa Mortenson allowed three earned runs on nine hits with seven strikeouts in the circle for the Mustangs.
The win was not only Trimble's first of the season but it was also the team's first in 29th District play. District pairings are seeded and every win is crucial.
"This was a big win. Now if we can get South Oldham we could be in good shape," Black said.
The Raiders return to action today when they host Owen County.
Madison falls to Jennings
Madison dropped a Hoosier Hills Conference softball game at home on Monday, losing to Jennings County 7-1.
While the Lady Panthers were a tough opponent, Madison head coach Tony Ralston said several mistakes kept Madison from staying in the game.
"We couldn't have any mistakes and we did and a good team like them will take advantage of that," Ralston said. "I thought our pitching was solid tonight. We have to be better on the base paths, too many mistakes."
The two teams went scoreless through the first two innings before Jennings County struck with four runs in the top of the third. The Panthers added two more in the top of the fifth and one more run in the top of the sixth for their seven-run total.
Madison did not score until the bottom half of the sixth when Hannah Bickers drove in Ashleigh Poling to give the Lady Cubs their lone run of the game.
The Cubs collected six hits in the contest. Bickers led the offense with a 2-for-3 performance with a double and an RBI. Poling, Katlin Brown, Courtney Sonner, and Brooklyn Smith had a hit each for Madison.
Bickers took the loss for Madison on the mound, going six innings while giving up all seven runs - six earned - on 11 hits while striking out three. Brown pitched an inning of relief and gave up a hit.
Madison (2-2, 1-1 HHC) visits Oldenburg Academy on Tuesday for a varsity only game.
Shiners beat Rebels 13-1
Southwestern dropped its Ohio River Valley Conference softball opener on Monday 13-1 to Rising Sun in Hanover.
Using a combination of walks and hits, Rising Sun got off to a 4-0 start in the top of the first. The Lady Shiners then used three hits and a sacrifice fly to take a 7-0 lead in the top of the third.
The Rebels finally struck in the bottom of the third. After Emily McCane laid down a bunt single and reached second on an error, Austin Courtney hit a single that scored McCane and cut the lead to 7-1.
However Rising Sun responded in the top of the fifth and sixth innings, adding three runs respectively in each half inning. The Rebels were unable to slash the lead under 10 in the bottom of the sixth and the game end on 10-run rule, 13-1.
Southwestern was unable to spark much offense in the game, only coming up with three hits. Courtney, McCane, and Josie Barnett each had singles.
Barnett started the game on the mound and took the loss. She went two-thirds of an inning giving up four runs - three earned - on only one hit while walking three. McCane came in relief, going five and two-thirds of an inning giving up nine runs on nine hits while striking out four.
Southwestern (1-7, 0-1 ORVC) will continue conference play on Wednesday at Shawe.
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