Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 20, 2013

Lady Pirates bounce back with two wins

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Rushville — The Greensburg varsity softball team won its past two games following Saturday’s loss at Warren Central. The Lady Pirates defeated Rushville 6-4 Monday, then blew past Lawrenceburg Thursday in five innings.

Greensburg beat Lawrenceburg 16-1 in a run-ruled game Thursday. Freshman Whitney Tallent pitched a winning complete game, her first at the varsity level.

Greensburg seniors Audrey Geis and Shelby Ward led off the game with singles. Freshman Britney Biltz drilled a one-out double to right center, making it 2-0.

The Tigers scored once on three singles to make it 2-1.

Greensburg exploded for nine runs in the second inning. The combination of Tiger errors and the bat of freshman Keauna Schultz propelled the Lady Pirates. Schultz drew a walk, then sophomore Emma Wolter courtesy ran. Freshman Kalynne Asche forced the hand of the Tigers defense with a bunt, leading to a run-scoring error as Wolter made it 3-1. Asche moved to second, and Geis put runners at the corners with a bunt. After Geis advanced on a passed ball, Ward hit a deep fly ball that an outfielder misplayed and allowed Asche to score. Ward advanced to second, and scored on sophomore Megan Schmidt’s triple. Another error led to another Greensburg run. Following a Biltz walk, senior Clare Owens reached on a miscue that enabled Schmidt to score. Biltz then scored on a passed ball, and Tallent drew a walk to put runners at the corners. Senior Lillie Wolter ran for Tallent. Sophomore Chelsea Hersley drove home Owens on a sacrifice fly. That brought up Schultz for her second plate appearance of the inning, and she made the most of it. Schultz hit a two-out long ball for her first career varsity home run, making it 11-1 after two.

It became 12-1 in the third. Geis walked, advanced on two wild pitches and scored on a Schmidt sacrifice fly.

After Hersley reached on an error and Schultz singled, Asche reached on an error and Hersley scored (13-1). Emma Wolter, pinch-running for Schultz, scored on a Geis single (14-1).

Owens capped the scoring in the fifth with a home run that scored Biltz, who had walked, making it 16-1.

Tallent gave up six hits, walked three and struck out one. Lawrenceburg left eight Tigers on base and Greensburg played error-free ball.

“One of our better defensive games of the year,” said head coach Jake Shook.

Pirates edge Lions 6-4

The Lady Pirates picked up a road win over Rushville Monday, 6-4.

Junior Alli Phillips notched the complete-game win. She gave up eight hits, no walks and struck out three Lady Lions.

Neither team scored in the first three innings.

Sophomore Megan Schmidt singled to lead off the fourth inning. Freshman Britney Biltz wasted no time giving the Lady Pirates the lead, sending a two-run home run over the right field fence to make it 2-0.

However, the Lions followed up in the home half of the fourth with a single and a two-run home run of their own, tying it at 2.

The Lions added a run in the fifth on a double, single and an error, making it 3-2 Rushville.

Greensburg rallied back and took the lead for good in the sixth frame. Senior Clare Owens led off by reaching on a Lion error. One out later, sophomore Chelsea Hersley drove in Owens with a single. Freshman Keauna Schultz reached base on a walk, and sophomore Emma Wolter courtesy ran for Schultz. Freshman Kalynne Asche then loaded the bases with a single. Although senior Audrey Geis put the ball in play, the Lions made a play at the plate to retire Hersley. Senior Shelby Ward delivered, though, with the bases still loaded. She hit a double to push across all three runners, making it 6-3.

Greensburg held the Lions to one run the rest of the way, in the sixth.

Ward led her team at the plate with three RBI’s. Biltz drove in two runs, while Hersley and Asche each collected two singles.

“We struggled a little on defense,” said coach Shook. “We committed three errors and we had several mental mistakes. We kept battling and came up with a good win.”

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