Softball Team Moves To 3-0 In CIC With Win Over Indians

Posted on April 27, 2019 in Softball, Spring Sports

By CHUCK LANDIS – clandis@chronicle-tribune.com
CONVERSE — Two cross-county softball rivals that didn’t know when to quit competed until the final out Friday evening at Oak Hill in a prelude to the Grant Four Invitational.

When the smoke cleared, the Golden Eagles battled back in the sixth inning to defeat visiting Mississinewa 9-5 in Central Indiana Conference play right after the Indians battled back in their sixth to take the lead.

“I tell my girls don’t let up … don’t let up, they’re going to come back and score runs,” Eagles coach Ben Johnson said. “Lapel had them down and guess what? They about knocked them off

“Mississinewa fights and they’re talented and going to score runs,” Johnson continued. “Thankfully, we’re getting to the point where we fight, too. We’ll keep putting bat on the ball and press it when we can and it worked out for us. I think we were holding our breath a little, though.”

Coleena Selleck and Abby Shaw delivered key hits with two outs in the sixth when the Eagles struck for four runs and erased Ole Miss’ 5-4 advantage. Korinne Perkins opened the sixth with a single before Indians pitcher Jenna Berryhill retired the next two batters on a ground out and strike out.

Down to their last out, Johnson inserted pinch-hitter Mariah Camden who came through with a single to bring in the tying run, and another pinch-hitter Kathleen Trimble drew a walk to load the bases. Selleck then hit a sharp single through the third base hole to bring in the go-ahead run and Shaw followed with a two-run double to left field.

After a four-run first inning that included Ashlyn Transier’s three-run home run, Berryhill had settled down and and allowed just one hit, walked another and hit a batter entering the sixth. The junior had struck out eight and two of her three walks came in the first.

“(Oak Hill) had the meat of their order coming up (in the sixth) and we tried to squeak by,” Indians coach Steve Miller said. “They got a good hitting meat of the order and I thought Jenna handled them, for the most part. She did what I asked her to do, and there were only two batters in my (score) book where she didn’t hit her spots and both of those kids ended up scoring.”

Mississinewa crept back with single runs in the first and third on RBI hits from Amaya David against Eagles starting pitcher Bayli Toy. Johnson inserted Julianne Gosnell in the fourth to give her some work and save Toy for today’s Grant Four Invitational, and the move nearly backfired.

Katy Hosier, the Indians No. 9 hitter, blooped a two-out single to left that closed the deficit to 4-3. Aubrey Tann later hit a double to right field and put Ole Miss ahead 5-4, and Toy was brought back in to finish out the inning.

Toy would get the decision but first had to overcome a bases-loaded jam in the seventh on a hit batter, error and walk before she induced a ground out to end the game.

“The thing I was proud about was we didn’t quit and even the last inning when we were down four runs,” Miller said. “Oak Hill’s got a nice team and it’s going to be a tough grant Four. We have played Madison-Grant and now Oak Hill and it ought to be a nice tournament if the weather lets us play.”

Oak Hill improved to 9-2 heading into today’s Grant Four game against Madison-Grant at 10 a.m., while Mississinewa takes an 8-2 record into an 11:30 a.m. meeting with host Eastbrook.

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