Switzerland County softball used a big a first inning on Wednesday night to defeat host Southwestern 14-8 in an Ohio River Valley Conference game.

The Lady Pacers opened the game with seven runs in the top of the first for an early 7-0 lead. The Rebels answered back with three of their own in the bottom of the first to make it 7-3.

Switzerland County scored a run in the second and third innings while Southwestern added just one in the third to trail 9-4. The Rebels scored again in the bottom of the fourth, plating across two runs to trim the deficit down to 9-6.

Switzerland County answered back, scoring five runs in the last three innings while Southwestern managed just two as the Lady Pacers won 14-8.

The Lady Pacers exploded for 16 hits in the game. Shelley O'Neal and Susie Reyes each had three hits with O'Neal adding four RBIs. Kelsi Konkle, Ashley Watson, Lauren Edwards and Vicki Abbott had two hits each. Courtney Carfield and Loriann Lozier each had a base hit.

Despite scoring eight runs, Southwestern managed just three hits. Austin Courtney connected for a double while Katie Conover and Michela Brown each singled.

Konkle picked up the victory inside the circle for Switzerland County. The freshman pitched a seven inning complete game, giving up eight runs - three earned - while walking eight and striking out nine.

Josie Barnett was dealt the loss for Southwestern. Barnett pitched one and one-third innings giving up eight earned runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out one.

Southwestern (4-19, 3-7 ORVC) visits South Ripley today. Switzerland County visits Milan today.

Late Madison rally not enough at Providence

Madison softball was unable to protect an early lead on Wednesday, losing to Providence 9-5 in Clarksville.

Providence opened the scoring with two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take an early lead but Madison scored a run in the top of the second and two runs in the top of the third to front 3-2.

The Pioneers regained the lead in the bottom of the third by scoring five runs and then added two more in the bottom of the sixth for a 9-3 advantage.

The Cubs countered by scoring twice in the top of the seventh before Providence was finally able to shut the door for the 9-5 win.

Hannah Bickers had three of Madison's nine hits to lead the Cubs' offensive attack. Bree Barnes and Ashleigh Poling had two hits each with Poling adding three RBIs. Brooklyn Smith had a double and Annelise Hackney had a single.

Providence also had nine hits. Lillian Hughes, Morgan Boone and Meredith Endris had two hits each. Hornung, Jordyn Stengel and Melinda Cochran had a hit each. Hughes led the Pioneers with three RBIs.

Bickers was the losing pitcher for the Cubs. She pitched a complete game six innings, giving up nine runs - six earned - on nine hits while walking three and striking out one.

Kristan Markland picked up the victory inside the circle for Providence. Markland tossed three innings, giving up three runs - two earned - on six hits while walking one and striking out three.

Madison (13-12) hosts Seymour today.