Local Softball Roundup: Warriors and Ladybirds roll; Bulldogs fall

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Local Softball Roundup: Warriors and Ladybirds roll; Bulldogs fall

Photo by Travis David | North Knox starting shortstop Mattitlynn Ashley hauls in a popup on the infield during Friday's game against Shakamak.


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NORTH KNOX 10, Shakamak 0 (6) : The Warriors scored eight runs over their final three at-bats, capped with a 5-run sixth inning, to enforce the run-rule Friday night on the road.


Ellie Allen gave the Warriors an early lead with a two-out, 2-run single in the top of the first inning. 


Brylee Wilson and Jama Ewers came up with singles in the home half of the third inning, but North Knox hurler Ally Crist got out of the jam by forcing a popup on the infield.


Javen Miller led off the third with her first home run of the season for a 3-0 lead.


Shakamak once again threatened to break through in the fourth by loading the bases. Abbi Gilbert and Clara Barber recorded singles ahead of a walk to Wilson, but Crist avoided any damage by forcing a groundout.


Mattilynn Ashley made it 5-0 in the fifth with a two-out, 2-run double. The run-scoring hit was the first of five Warrior two-baggers which resulted in runs. Baylee McClure, Crist and Miller all had RBI doubles in the sixth, while Ashley brought home two with a double in the 5-run frame.


Crist finished the game 3 for 3 at the plate and also went the distance in the circle for the win.


North Knox outhit the Lakers, 12-7. Shakamak left 10 runners on base.


Gilbert had two hits in the loss.




NORTH CENTRAL 10, South Putnam 3: The Ladybirds bounced back from a tough road loss the night before with the non-conference win on Friday.


Senior Brynn Varner delivered the big hit of the game, smacking a grand slam in the second inning for a 7-2 lead.


Brynley Grabbe, Shelby Seay and Emmy Woodruff started the inning with three straight singles to load the bases. Mykenzie Wence followed with a single to break the 2-all tie and Varner broke open the game two pitches later.


The blast was Varner’s second of the season and first career grand slam. The senior finished the game with a pair of hits and drove home five runs.


Seay and Wence both wrapped out three hits and combined for three doubles, two from Wence. Wence had two RBI and Seay scored four times.


Kaylynn Dreiman added a single in part of the Ladybirds’ 13-hit attack.


Wence went the distance in the circle to earn the win. 


North Central (9-4) traveled to Robinson (Ill.) on Saturday for a trio of games.




Hutsonville-Palestine 11, Dugger Union 3: The Tigers scored four runs in the home half of the first and capped the game with a 5-spot in the last of the sixth in the Little Okaw Valley Conference contest.


Emily Neff and Sage Stahl both had a pair of base knocks in the loss. 


Stahl ripped a triple in the top of the third for the first Bulldog run, scoring Neff. Two batters later, Brae Simpson brought home Stahl with a single, trimming the Tigers’ lead to 5-2.


Neff capped the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the seventh, scoring Jordyn Smith who led off the inning with a double.

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