Seven errors took a costly toll on Madison softball in a 13-3 loss to South Dearborn Tuesday in Madison.

The Lady Knights, ranked 23rd in the Class 3A poll, scored three runs in the first, four in the second, and three in the third to lead 10-0.

Madison answered in the bottom of the third with three runs to trail 10-3, but South Dearborn tacked on one in the fourth and two in the sixth to end the game early on the 10-run rule 13-3.

"Our defense has to get better as you can see with seven errors." Madison head coach Tony Ralston said. "That is not acceptable and something we were doing good on at the start of the year. We are thinking too much instead of playing the game the right way."

Madison had eight hits in the game. Courtney Sonner led the Cubs with a 2-for-2 game with two RBIs. Bree Barnes, Hannah Bickers, Cadie Povaleri, Brooklyn Smith, Annelise Hackney and Bri Tingle had a base hit each.

The Lady Knights had 12 hits led by Ellen Barrett at 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Tara Bailey, Morgan Wolfer and Ashley Largent had two hits each and McKayla McClurg, Hannah Rose and Delany Murphy one hit each.

Hannah Bickers was tagged with the pitching loss for Madison. Bickers pitched two innings, giving up nine runs - six earned - on six hits while walking four and striking out one. Morgan Meyers was the winning pitcher for South Dearborn.

Madison (13-11) visits Providence today.