Switzerland County softball scored all of its runs in the first three innings and held Southwestern scoreless throughout for a 7-0 Ohio River Valley Conference win on a Lily Sparks five-hitter in Hanover.

The Pacers scored a run in the second and six more in the third while Southwestern didn’t pick up its first hit until the bottom of the third when Kailey Burns and Abby Ralston slapped back-to-back singles only to have Lakyn Wilson ground into an inning-ending double play.

The Rebels also got a one-out double by Morgan Mahoney in the fourth and back-to-back singles by Kassey Worcester and Burns in the fifth but stranded all three. The only other base-runners Southwestern had was a walk by Ralston in the first and Abby Fulton reached on a error in the sixth.

“I was hoping for a better game tonight for our last home game,” Rebels coach Duane Ralston said. “We just got out-hit and out-played. We had the bad inning that has haunted us all season.”

The Pacers got the only run they would need in the second when Allie Bruce led off with a double to left field against Burns and Ariel Oeffinger singled to put runners at the corners. A fielder’s choice by Madison Byrd erased Oeffinger at second while Bruce scored from third.

The Pacers six-run third inning started off with a triple by Jessie Duvall and a one-out RBI single by Sparks after Burns has struck out Maddie Duvall for the first out. Two more consecutive singles by Bruce and Oeffinger loaded the bases and Bryd’s fielder’s choice scored Sparks for a 3-0 lead with all runners reaching safely.

Burns ended up striking out three in the inning, but not before three straight singles by Lexi Lay, Nora Hankins and Anna Gloss scored four more runs.

Burns pitched the first two and one-third innings for Southwestern, giving up all seven earned runs on nine hits with three strikeouts. Wilson pitched the final four and two-thirds with no runs on five hits and six strikeouts. Sparks went the distance for Switzerland with no runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five.

“Lakyn did a good job coming in and slowing them down,” Coach Ralston said.

Burns was 2-for-3 at the plate for the Rebels while Ralston, Mahoney and Worcester each had a single.

Sparks was 3-for-4 with a run and an RBI for the Pacers while Oeffinger was 3-for-4 with a run. Jessie Duvall was 2-for-4 with a run, Bruce was 2-for-4 with two runs and Lay was 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI. Byrd had two RBIs, Hankins had a hit an RBIs and Gloss had a hit and two RBIs.

Southwestern (9-10, 3-8 ORVC) visits Charlestown Thursday. Switzerland County (12-6, 8-4 ORVC) hosts Madison Thursday.



Cubs can’t hold lead on Red Devils

Madison softball led Jeffersonville 5-2 headed to the bottom of third inning before the host Red Devils came to life over the next three and pulled away for an 11-6 win on Wednesday.

Hannah Uhl drove in Kennedy Stidham with a single in the first, Bailey Dyer and Stidham hit back-to-back doubles for three runs in the second and Paige Young hit a solo home run in the third as Madison built a 5-2 lead.

But Jeffersonville roared back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth to seize the lead and got a pair of two-run home runs by Hannah Hackworth and Nangely Garcia in the fourth to double up the Cubs 10-5.

After the Devils scored a run in the fifth, Madison threatened to come from behind for the win. The Cubs loaded the bases in the seventh and got a run in on a single by Uhl to close the gap to 11-6 before Jeffersonville brought in Hackworth to get the final two outs and end the threat.

Dyer and Uhl each had two hits and drove in two runs while Stidham had a hit and an RBI for the Cubs. Peyton Holt, Emma Cammack and Abby Moore added hits for Madison.

Moore took the loss after giving up 11 runs — eight earned — on 18 hits with a strikeout and no walks.

Hackworth was 4-for-4 with three RBIs at the plate and was credited with the save in the circle. Katie Monroe got the win for the Devils after giving up six runs — three earned — on 10 hits in six and a third innings with two strikeouts. She was also 3-for-4 with a run scored at the plate.

Madison, now 9-16 overall, finishes 0-7 in the Hoosier Hills Conference. The Cubs visit Switzerland County today before traveling to Providence on Friday for their final game of the regular season

Madison will then host Greensburg on Monday in the opener of the Class 3A Sectional Tournament at Lady Cubs Field.



Shawe goes 0-12 in ORVC campaign

South Ripley’s Mady Tompkins tossed a three-hit shutout to beat Shawe softball 13-0 Wednesday in Versailles.

The host Raiders scored two runs in the first and seven more in the second to blow open the game. South Ripley then added four runs in the fourth for the final margin.

Tompkins was also 4-for-4 at the plate with a run and an RBI. Halee Smith was 4-for-4 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI.

Kristen Snodgrass was 2-for-3 to lead Shawe’s offense and took the loss in the circle after giving up seven earned runs and striking out five. Grace McAllister had the other hit for the Hilltoppers.

Shawe finishes its Ohio River Valley Conference schedule with an 0-12 record. The Hilltoppers, now 0-16 overall, host Christian Academy of Indiana Friday in their regular-season finale. That game will also serve as senior night.