Madison's Abby Moore was pitch a no-hit perfect games until a double and a single by Clarksville in the fifth inning broke top the no-hitter, the perfect game and the shutout in an 11-1 Madison win Monday. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Madison's Abby Moore was pitch a no-hit perfect games until a double and a single by Clarksville in the fifth inning broke top the no-hitter, the perfect game and the shutout in an 11-1 Madison win Monday. (Staff photo by Mark Campbell)
Madison pitcher Abby Moore carried a perfect game into the fifth inning and Hannan Uhl belted a three-run home run in an 11-1, five-inning softball rout of Clarksville Monday at Lady Cubs Field in Madison.

Moore record five of her six total strikeouts over the first four innings while Madison played error-free defense and racked up 11 runs to stand just three outs away from a perfect game win.

That all changed quickly in the fifth when the Generals’ leadoff batter, Emily Perez, lined a double to right-center field to break up the perfect game and Nahriel Gaines smacked an RBI single to center to end the shut out.

However, Gaines was thrown out trying to advance to second on the hit and while Moore put the next batter on with her only walk of the game and hit another batter with two outs, she then fanned Madison Ferrell for the third out to end the game after a brief mound visit by Madison coach Tony Ralston.

“I talked to them in the fifth inning and told them we want to finish. We wanted to end it and I thought Abby did a good job of regathering herself out there. I thought she pitched a real nice game here,” Ralston said. “I knew she was working a perfect game but I don’t know if she knew it. But she’s been real steady all year long and she’s started to pick up a little momentum going toward sectional and that really helps us out a lot. She worked ahead today and that’s made for really good results for us.”

While Moore and the Madison defense were keeping the Generals off the basepaths, the Cubs were generating multiple runs in every inning but the bottom of the fourth and by that time Madison had scored five in the first and three each in the second and third to post the required 10-run lead (11-0) to end the game early with a another stop of Clarksville in the fifth.

Madison rapped out 11 runs on seven hits and five Clarksville errors with Bailey Dyer starting the onslaught with a single to lead off the first before advancing to second on a wild pitch and third on a stolen base. She scored when Kennedy Stidham reached on an error and courtesy runner Jalyn Honaker then went to third on a wild pitch and scored what proved to be the game-winning run on another error on Emma Cammack’s fly ball to left field.

Cammack went to third on the error and scored on another wild pitch. Uhl walked, Paige Young reached on a third error and Moore drove in both with a bloop single to shallow center field for the 5-0 lead.

Two more Clarksville errors and an RBI single by Morgan Cahall led to three runs in the second and Uhl’s three-run homer capped Madison’s scoring in the third.

According to Ralston, it was the kind of performance from Moore, the Madison defense and the Cubs’ hitters that the team needs with the regular season winding down and the sectional tourney coming up next week — especially after letting Friday’s game at Henryville slip away when the Hornets scored four runs in the bottom of the seventh to pull out a 10-9 win.

“They let that one slip away but we came out and took care of business today,” Ralston said. “We’ve been playing pretty well. We had a tough break Friday night and let that one slip away but we’ve been playing pretty well. The attitudes are good and we’ve been pretty steady. I told the girls I was proud of the way the team played today. It’s the Monday after prom and with Friday’s loss we bounced back and we came out ready to play.

The Cubs are scheduled to play three more games this week and the competition will only get tougher but Ralston said he’s counting on that final push to prepare his team for sectional.

“We’ve got a good mindset and we’re getting pretty confident at the plate. I think we’re ready,” Ralston noted. “Our schedule prepares us for sectional and our girls know that, so we will be ready to go.”

Madison, now 9-14 on the season, hosts South Dearborn Tuesday before visiting Switzerland County Thursday and Providence Friday. The Cubs will then host Greensburg in the IHSAA Class 3A Sectional Tournament on Monday at Lady Cubs Field.

Rebels roll 10-5 over Providence

Southwestern softball scored eight runs in the bottom of the third inning to pull away to a 10-5 win over Providence at home on Monday.

The Rebels got only five hits in the game but drew 10 walks and took advantage of two Pioneer errors to claim the win.

“This wasn’t a perfect night for us but was a good night for our seniors, Abby (Ralston), Lakyn (Wilson) and Kassey (Worcester). Any time you can get a win on senior night it’s a good night. Especially for these three seniors that have meant so much to our program over the years,” Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. “We had a couple base running errors that cost us a couple runs early but we were able to capitalize on a some big hits from Olivia Bruce, Trinity McLain and Morgan Mahoney. It’s good to see these girls stepping up when we need them.”

Bruce went 2-for-2 with a double, a run and an RBI while McLain had a hit and two RBIs, Mahoney had a hit and scored two runs with an RBI and Ralston had a hit and scored twice.

Lakyn Wilson pitched the first four and a third innings and allowed three runs on five hits with six strikeouts and four walks to get the win. Abby Ralston worked the final two and two-thirds innings and allowed two unearned runs on one hit.

Southwestern (9-8) will resume its suspended game at Class A No. 3 Rising Sun on Tuesday. That contest was stopped on May 1 due to rain with the Shiners leading 2-0 in the top of the of third inning.

Pacers edged 4-3 by Eagles

Switzerland County softball dropped a 4-3 decision at Jac-Cen-Del on Monday.

The Pacers (11-6,7-4 Ohio River Valley) visit Southwestern on Wednesday.