Softball Roundup: Lakers stay hot; Bulldogs drop heartbreaker; Ladybirds and Warriors fall

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Softball Roundup: Lakers stay hot; Bulldogs drop heartbreaker; Ladybirds and Warriors fall

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SHAKAMAK 7, Bloomfield 1: Abbi Gilbert was honored on senior night before the Lady Lakers played host to Southwestern Indiana Athletic Conference rival Bloomfield on Monday. A few innings later, Gilbert slammed shut the door on the Cards. The Shakamak senior broke open a close 3-0 game with a 3-run double in the last of the fifth inning. 


Shakamak grabbed a 1-0 lead in the third inning on an error before adding two in the fourth. Camryn Byrne doubled home Clara Barber for a 2-0 lead before Brylee Wilson singled home Byrne two pitches later.


Madelyn Kennett, Jama Ewers and Wilson all collected two hits as the Lakers outhit Bloomfield 10-8.


Adleyse Varner went the distance in the circle, fanning a career high 10 batters in the win.


With the win, Shakamak improved to 6-14 on the season, winning four of its last five games.




Linton-Stockton 3, North Central 1: The visiting Miners scored twice with two outs in the top of the third inning to grab a 2-0 lead and added a single tally in the sixth.


Shelby Seay pulled the Ladybirds to within 2-1 in the home half of the third inning. The speedy junior drew a two-out walk before stealing second and third base. Seay then raced home on a wild pitch.


Emmy Woodruff and Mykenzie Wence followed with walks, but Woodruff was stranded at third on a fly out.


North Central threatened in the seventh by loading the bases with one out but could not break through.


Brynley Grabbe started the seventh with a walk ahead of a single by Seay. Woodruff followed by lining a shot to center but the play resulted in a fielder’s choice as the Miners’ defender alertly fired to third for the force out. 


Wence walked to load the bases before an infield fly and flyout ended the threat and the game.


Kaylynn Dreiman added a single in the loss as the Miners outhit the hosts, 5-3.


The loss was the third straight setback, dropping North Central to 12-8 on the year.




Loogootee 6, North Knox 5: After falling behind 5-1 in the fourth, the Warriors battled back to within one run but could not complete the comeback Monday evening.


Ally Crist started the North Knox rally with a solo home run in the last of the third inning. The blast was her second of the season.


In the fourth, Graci LeRoy, Delani Pryor and Baylee McClure all recorded singles to load the bases for the Warriors. 


Crist then lined a smash down the first base line that could not be handled, scoring LeRoy and Pryor on the play.


The inning ended with the tying run at third on a strikeout. 


The Cougars added an insurance run in the top of the sixth inning, which proved to be the difference in the game.


Javen Miller singled home Crist with two outs in the seventh for the final tally of the game. 


Crist, Miller and LeRoy all recorded two hits apiece in the loss.


The game was moved to Loogootee after rain made the Warriors’s home field unplayable earlier in the day. North Knox was still the home team in the game.


The loss dropped the Warriors to 8-8 on the year.




Oblong (Ill.) 8, Dugger Union 7 (8): The Panthers scored an unearned run in the home half of the eighth inning, sending the Bulldogs to a heart-breaking loss Monday.


Dugger Union forced extra innings with two runs in the top of the seventh inning.


Jordyn Smith doubled home Brinna Simpson, pulling the Bulldogs to within 7-6. After a groundout, Arianna Frazee delivered the game-tying hit with a single to center.


Kylie Gerig followed with a walk, moving Frazee into scoring position but the inning ended with a lineup to second.


Oblong looked poised to end the game in the last of the seventh by loading the bases with no outs. But the Bulldogs got out of the game with two flyouts and a groundout to Gerig.


Dugger went down in order in the eighth.


In the Panthers eighth, the first two batters were retired. But back-to-back fielding errors were followed up with a walk-off double.


Smith paced the Bulldogs’ offense with three hits — two going for doubles — while Emily Neff and Simpson both recorded a pair of hits. 


Ally Faught and Sage Stahl recorded singles in the loss.


Dugger Union fell to 2-8 on the season. 

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