Local Softball Roundup: Bulldogs, Ladybirds and Warriors win; Lakers battle

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Local Softball Roundup: Bulldogs, Ladybirds and Warriors win; Lakers battle

File photo by Travis David | Dugger Union senior Emily Neff dives safely. back into first base during a game earlier this season. Tuesday, Neff delivered the game-winning hit for the Bulldogs in the bottom of the seventh inning.
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DUGGER UNION 13, Martinsville 12: Emily Neff singled home two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Bulldogs a walk-off win on Tuesday.


Kylie Gerig started the seventh-inning rally by getting plunked with a pitch followed by a double by Brae Simpson. Ally Faught reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases before Neff walked it off on the next pitch.


As a team, the Bulldogs pounded out a season-best 20 hits in avenging a 13-5 loss to the Bluestreaks earlier in the season.


Simpson led the offensive attack with four hits out of the lead-off spot, including a pair of two-baggers. She also scored twice and brought in one run.


Neff, Brinna Simpson and Gerig all recorded three hits. Gerig (4) and Neff (3) combined for seven RBI in the win.


Sage Stahl added a pair of doubles, while Arianna Frazee and Hillary Flores finished with two hits. Jordyn Smith rounded out the hitting attack with a single and scored a run.


After both teams scored once in the first and four in the second, the Bulldogs grabbed a 9-5 lead with four more in the third.


Stahl broke the 5-all tie with an RBI groundout while a second run scored on a throwing error on the play. Gerig capped the inning with a 2-run single.


Martinsville responded with a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and grabbed a 12-9 lead with four in the sixth.


Dugger Union scored twice in the sixth before the seventh-inning heroics.


With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 2-6 on the season after dropping the first five games.




NORTH KNOX 7, White River Valley 0: Ellie Allen smacked her first home run of the season and Ally Crist tossed a 1-hitter in the Warriors’ road win Tuesday.


North Knox wasted little time in taking control of the game. The Warriors loaded the bases with no outs in the first inning and would score on an error, sacrifice fly by Javen Miller and a passed ball for an early 3-0 lead.


Malli Lyons bunted home Jonna Myers for a 4-0 lead in the second and a sac fly by Crist in the fourth made it 5-0.


Allen led off the fifth with a solo blast before Baylee McClure singled home Myers with two outs in the frame for the final tally. Myers doubled ahead of McClure’s run-scoring hit.


McClure (3), Allen (2), Graci LeRoy (2) and Myers (2) combined for nine of the Warriors’ 10 hits in the win. 


Mattilynn Ashley added a double.


Crist lost her bid for a no-hitter on a two-single in the last of the seventh. The Lady Warriors’ ace fanned eight batters in the win.


North Knox improved to 8-6 on the year.




NORTH CENTRAL 2, North Daviess 1: The Ladybirds improved to 12-5 on the season with Tuesday’s Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference win.


Lilly Gaines walked and scored in the second inning for a 1-0 lead before Olivia Rehmel added a run-scoring infield single for a 2-0 lead.


The score remained the same until the Cougars got on the board with a tally in the sixth inning on a throwing error.


Mykenzie Wence went the distance in the circle for the win. The senior southpaw scattered five hits and fanned five batters. Wence also recorded one of the Ladybirds’s three hits in the win.


Shelby Seay walked and stole a base for the Ladybirds. 


North Central (13-5, 3-1) has won five games in the last eight days. 




Linton-Stockton 7, Shakamak 2: The host Miners scored the final five runs of the game to earn the Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference win on Tuesday.


Madelyn Kennett doubled and scored in the top of the first inning to give the Lakers a 1-0 lead.


But the Miners responded with two in the home half of the frame on a two-out, 2-run double.


Kennett once again sparked the Lakers in the third. The sophomore led off with a single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt from Jama Ewers and raced home on a bloop single by freshman Mattilyn Hill.


Bradie Chambers broke the 2-all tie with an RBI triple in the bottom of the third and scored on a sacrifice fly for a 4-2 lead.


Shakamak threatened in the fourth as the first two batters reached base — a walk to Clara Barber and a single by Camryn Byrne. Kennett would later add a single to load the bases with two outs but a popup ended the threat. 


Linton put the game away with three in the last of the fifth. 


Kennett recorded a game-high three hits in four trips to the plate. The sophomore is batting a team-best .423 for the season.


Ewers added as single in the loss.


Shakamak fell to 2-13 on the season.

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