Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

April 23, 2013

Lady Pirates take chilly doubleheader

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — The Greensburg varsity softball team has been playing on all cylinders this week. The Lady Pirates tallied their fourth win of the week with a double-header sweep of Madison Saturday at home.

Greensburg, ranked third in the latest Indiana Coaches of Girls Sports Association Class 3A poll, improved to 10-2 on the season.

After scoring 16 runs in a win over Lawrenceburg Thursday, head coach Jake Shook’s team scored seven total runs against the Lady Cubs. The Lady Pirates won the first game 5-3 and the second game 2-1 in cold and cloudy weather. Pitching, defense and small ball were the operative tools in the sweep.

Greensburg scored a run in each of the first three innings to start the first game. Senior Audrey Geis led off with a walk, and senior Shelby Ward reached on an error. Sophomore Megan Schmidt and senior Clare Owens each singled to load the bases. After Geis was retired on a groundout, junior Alli Phillips drove in Ward to make it 1-0.

Sophomore Emma Wolter hit a triple to start the second-inning action. Freshman Kalynne Asche walked and advanced on a passed ball, and Geis hit a sacrifice fly to score Wolter for a 2-0 lead.

The Lady Pirates added a run on three hits in the third. Ward and Schmidt reached on singles, and Phillips made it 3-0 with another single that drove in Ward.

Madison came back in the fifth on a walk, an error and a two-run double.

Owens started a rally in the home half of the fifth. She walked and advanced on two passed balls. Phillips then singled to score Owens.

The Pirates added a run when Asche drew a one-out walk and scored on a Geis double, capping the day’s scoring.

Schmidt and Phillips each went 2-for-3. Phillips drove in three runs, while Geis drove in two. Ward scored a team-high two runs.

Phillips allowed just two earned runs on four hits in seven innings. She walked one batter and struck out two as Greensburg’s defense stepped up behind her.

Shook applauded Schmidt’s defensive effort, as the infielder led the team with nine assists in nine chances without making an error.

“Schmidt had a really good game at third base,” he said. Schmidt added three assists in the second game, totaling 12 assists in 12 chances in two games.

Pirates take game two 2-1

The second game was scoreless until the fifth inning. Madison went ahead 1-0 in the top half of the frame. Sophomore Chelsea Hersley and Emma Wolter each walked, and Geis singled in Hersley to tie the game at 1-1.

Greensburg later scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Freshman Keauna Schultz reached on an error, and junior Katie Bennett courtesy ran for Schultz. Wolter then advanced on a fielder’s choice. Geis singled and stole second, and Bennett ended up scoring the winning run moments later.

Freshman Whitney Tallent started, going five innings and giving up just five hits and two walks. She struck out five batters. Phillips pitched two innings of one-hit, two-strikeout ball.

Geis went 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Greensburg’s hitting. Hersley went 1-for-2 with a run.

The Lady Pirates begin a challenging week in which they play two Class 4A teams and two conference rivals. After opening with a road game Monday at Shelbyville, Greensburg visits Franklin County Tuesday, then hosts Batesville Thursday and hosts a makeup game Friday against Jennings County.

“One game at a time,” said Shook.

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