Softball: Greensburg stays unbeaten; SD and BHS rally for wins

Mar. 29—Thursday's action on the softball diamond saw the Greensburg Lady Pirates remain undefeated in three games and both South Decatur and Batesville falling behind before rallying for the win.

Before I get to the wrap-ups of all the action. I want to send a shout-out to the South Decatur baseball team.

As the Lady Cougars were preparing to start their game with Oldenburg Academy, the National Anthem was piped through the speaker. On the baseball diamond, the Cougars were in a huddle on one knee listening to Coach Jarvis.

When the National Anthem started, all the Cougars immediately stood up and removed their hats.

Well done Coach Jarvis, staff and Cougar players. Your positive example was noted and appreciated.

Now to the games.

South Decatur

The host Lady Cougars fell behind 10-0 to Oldenburg Academy in the top of the first inning, but South Decatur regrouped and scored six in the bottom of the first to get back in the game. The Lady Cougars plated 12 runs in the fifth inning to secure a 21-17 victory over the Lady Twisters.

South struggled defensively in the top of the first. OA scored all 10 runs before the Lady Cougars made the first out of the inning. The Lady Twisters sent 16 batters to the plate and the starters scored. Cullen, Bruce and Nunlist all had two RBIs.

In the bottom of the first, Lydia Witkemper drew a walk and Daisy Martin reached on a sacrifice bunt attempt. Molly Eden drove in both Lady Cougars with a double. Piper Phelps followed with an RBI double. Madalyn Shireman drove in Phelps with a triple and scored on a Lady Twister error. Brooklyn Powers doubled and came around to score to cut the deficit to 10-6 after one inning.

The Lady Twisters went down in order in the top of the second. South scored 10 runs in the bottom of the second to lead 16-10. In the inning, Eden had a double, Phelps two triples, Samantha Cole a single, Witkemper a single, Martin a double and Shireman a single.

Oldenburg scored one run in the third, two in the fourth and four in the fifth to pull back in front 17-16.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Lady Cougars rallied again, plating 11 runs to finish the 27-17 victory. Witkemper, Powers, Paige Paton, Cole (single, double) all had hits for South in the final inning.

South (1-1) returns to action Tuesday at Milan (2-6).


Greensburg freshman pitcher Harper Adams extended her season-opening scoreless inning streak to 14 Wednesday in Greensburg's 6-0 win at Madison. Adams allowed just one hit while striking out 14.

At the plate, junior Emma McQueen and senior Carlee Adams both led the Lady Pirates with two hits. Freshman Addison Dolan scored three runs. Carlee Adams got the scoring started for the Pirates with a triple in the first inning, scoring Dolan. Carlee Adams then scored on a passed ball. In the third inning, Carlee Adams drove in her second run of the day to score Dolan again. McQueen later scored in the inning on a passed ball. Leading 4-0 in the fifth inning, senior Alexis Condon drove in Dolan on a sacrifice fly. McQueen scored her second run of the day in the fifth to round out the scoring.

Greensburg moved to 3-0 on the young season with a 12-2 victory at Jac-Cen-Del.

The Lady Pirates led 6-0 before JCD scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Greensburg put the game away with six runs in the top of the six inning.

Cheyenne Cordray got the win in the circle for the Lady Pirates. Cordray pitched four innings, allowing one earned run on two hits and one walk while striking out three. Harper Adams pitched the last two innings, allowing now runs with five strikeouts.

Greensburg scored in the top of the first on Alexis Condon's RBI double. Greensburg added three runs in the top of the second. Harper Adams tripled to drive in two runs and scored on an Emma McQueen ground ball.

In the top of the fourth, McQueen tripled to plate one run. Carlee Adams drove in McQueen with a single. The Lady Eagles scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth.

In the top of the sixth, Harper Adams tripled to score a run. She scored on a JCD error. McQueen scored on a wild pitch. A double by Kirkley Lowe scored two Lady Pirates.

Groth and Steele each had a hit for JCD.

For the Lady Pirates, Harper Adams had three hits and three RBIs. McQueen had a hit and two RBIs. Carlee Adams added a single and RBI. Condon finished with two hits and one RBI. Lowe had two hits and two RBIs. Kamryn Haas had a hit. Evvy Clevenger drove in one run. Layla Murray and Cordray both added one hit.


Trailing 10-5 heading to the top of the fifth inning, Batesville scored 15 runs en route to a 20-10 victory at South Ripley.

Batesville took the lead 2-0 in the top of the first when Caitlyn Fox drew a walk and Renee Lecher blasted a home run. South Ripley scored four runs in the bottom of the first to grab a 4-2 lead. The Lady Bulldogs pushed across two runs in the second to tie the game at 4-4. South Ripley led 6-4 after two innings, 8-4 after three innings and 10-5 after four innings. Batesville's bats came alive in the top of the fifth as the Lady Bulldogs scored 15 runs. Batesville held the Lady Raiders in the bottom of the fifth for the win.

"Very Proud of this group. This was truly a team win through and through," Coach Gene Cooney said. "With an injury to our senior third baseman Renee Lecher in top of second inning, which is a huge blow to the team both offensively and defensively and the leadership she brings, we had to move some players around with Cora Roth playing third and they stepped up as a team to get it done. Very proud of them of not quitting and the fight they had/have in them."

Libby Stephens got the win in the circle for Batesville. Senior catcher Natasha Fowler was solid behind the plate keeping things in front of her and having two put outs defensively, walking three times at the plate and scoring twice.

Batesville finished with 20 runs on 13 hits. For the Lady Bulldogs, Caitlyn Fox had one hit, four walks, eight stolen bases and five runs scored. Calli Fletcher was 3-for-3 with five RBIs and six stolen bases. Renee Lecher was 2-for-2 with a home run, a double, two RBIs and one run scored. Claire Saner was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, two stolen bases and two runs scored. Ava Hilbert was 1-for-2 with a home run, two RBIs, two stolen bases and three runs scored. Molly Abel was 2-for-3 with a single and double, three RBIs and one run scored. Kylee McCray was 2-for-3 with three RBIs and two runs scored.

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