Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

May 21, 2013

Pirate JV girls compete in Invitational

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

— The Greensburg junior varsity softball team competed in a regular game and the Shelbyville Invitational earlier this season.

Greensburg’s game against East Central May 6 was rained out.

The Lady Pirates visited Columbus North May 8 and tallied just two hits in an 8-1 loss.

Columbus North led just 3-0 after three, but sent 10 batters to the plate and scored five times in the seventh. Aiding the Bulldogs were three hits and four errors.

“This was another game where they bring down a varsity pitcher that has a lot of speed, and our girls just could not put the bat on the ball,” said head coach Russell Wilhoit.

While Greensburg struck out 10 times and mustered just two hits, what troubled Wilhoit the most was the amount of errors (10) - a thorn in the Pirates’ side the last three weeks.

“When you don’t hit and keep giving them runs, that spells trouble for this young team,” he said.

Emma Wolter was the only batter able to hit a ball out of the infield. Allie Geis added an infield hit.

Wolter pitched a complete game and gave up just two earned runs on 11 hits. She struck out three batters and walked just two.

The Greensburg freshman team visited East Central May 9, originally scheduled for a double-header. The second game was rained out. According to Wilhoit, at least 14 games were either cancelled or rained out without being made up.

Greensburg fell 15-2. East Central scored nine runs in the second inning and led 15-1 after three.

The freshmen Pirates tallied seven hits. Maddy Schroeder and Kelsie Fischer each posted two hits, while Paige Clemons, Renee Kramer and Nicole Ploeger each added singles. East Central had eight hits.

Renee Kramer (0-2) took the loss in a two-inning start, but three errors did not help Pirate pitching. Kelsie Fischer pitched the last three innings.

The Freshman Lady Pirates, coached by Brian Dodson, closed out their very short season with a 1-2 record. They lost six games that were cancelled.

The second game did get under way, and the score was 4-1 in the bottom of the second when the rains came. It was not called an official game.

Greensburg competed in the Shelbyville JV Invitational, along with Milan and Batesville.

The Pirates topped Shelbyville 15-7 in the first game and out-hit the Golden Bears 18-5, overcoming nine errors to capture the win.

“It was a cold, windy day and still very wet from all the rain we had on Friday,” said Wilhoit.

The weather did not slow the Pirates, who scored six runs in the first inning and led 10-1 after two frames. Greensburg added on four in the fifth and one more in the sixth. Shelbyville scored six runs over a two-inning span, but it was not enough. Shelbyville committed five errors and produced just five hits.

Shanda Workman led Greensburg with four hits. Clemons, Fischer, Allie Geis, Renee Kramer, Ploeger and Becca Koors each added two. Wolter and Schroeder chipped in with singles to round out the 18-hit attack. Shelbyville also gave up nine walks to help the cause. Greensburg left 11 runners on base.

Wolter (3-3) picked up the win. She gave up six earned runs on five hits, struck out three batters and walked just two. The win avenged an earlier loss to the Golden Bears.

Advancing to the championship game, Greensburg saw Batesville top Milan, and Shelbyville beat Milan in the consolation game.

Batesville, though, beat Greensburg in the title game despite getting out-hit 18-7. Greensburg committed nine errors, while Batesville made two.

The offensive shootout began when Batesville scored four times in the first and another in the second. Greensburg scored four in the second, but the Bulldogs scored in every last inning to stay ahead. Greensburg tied it at 6-all in the third, but a 3-run Bulldog seventh spelled the loss.

Kramer, Workman and Koors each led Greensburg with three hits. Fischer added two triples, while Maddy Schroeder and Nicole Ploeger each added two. Allie Geis had a double and Emma Wolter had a single to round out the hitting.

Emma Wolter (3-3) endured the loss, despite giving up just seven hits and five earned runs. She struck out four batters and walked four.

Wilhoit applauded his team’s 36-hit attack, but lamented the 18 errors in two games.

“I thought we hit great in both games, (but errors) in the end cost us the Championship in the final game,” he said. “The Lady Pirates have came a long way, have learned a lot, and I think they will be a lot better as players next season.”

Contact Nick Gonnella at (812) 663-3111, x7003.