Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN


May 28, 2013

Pirate JV softball finishes strong

Greensburg — The Greensburg junior varsity softball team finished the season strong, winning three of its last four games. The JV Lady Pirates finished the season with a 9-10 record.

Greensburg was no-hit in a very quick game May 13, not long after hitting well over the previous weekend in Shelbyville.

East Central threw one of their better varsity pitchers in the JV game, Coach Russell Wilhoit was told it was the first time he was ever in a no hit game while a coach.

Emma Wolter suffered the hard-luck loss as the Pirates committed six errors. The Trojans tallied nine hits. Wolter took the loss, allowing 10 earned runs. She struck out one and walked four batters, finishing 3-5 on the season.

East Central struck out 14 batters and walked one, and the Pirates never got a ball out of the infield.

Pirate JV beats OA 21-19

Greensburg bounced back with a 21-19 shootout victory over Oldenburg Academy.

“This was a real pitchers dual in what I thought was the worst game we played all year - a two and-a-half hour game, and still won 21-19,” said Wilhoit.

Both pitching staffs gave up 11 walks, seven hit batsmen, 24 errors and 32 hits.

Greensburg scored eight times in the first and twice more in the second to lead 10-1. OA pulled to within 10-9, but a 7-spot in the third gave the Pirates a 17-9 lead that would last.

Greensburg committed 11 errors and OA made 11, and out-hit OA 25-7.

Leading hitters for Greensburg were Bri Foster and Allie Geis each with five hits. Maddy Schroeder had four, and Shanda Workman had three. Renee Kramer and Nicole Ploeger chipped in with two hits apiece, while Katie Bennett, Kelsie Fischer, Macy Kaiser, Paige Clemons all had singles to round out the attack. Workman drove in six runs, while Schroeder and Kramer each drove in three. Geis, Bennett and Foster each drove in two.

Renee Kramer picked up her first high school softball victory (1-2), with help from Kelsie Fischer who came in and got the save in relief. Greensburg gave up 14 walks total, hit six batters and committed 11 errors.

Oldenburg only walked 1 batter and hit one, but had 13 errors, while giving up 25 hits,

“This is what I would call winning ugly,” said Wilhoit. “Still as we always do, we gave the effort, and never gave up, as this team has done all year long in this learning season.

Pirates beat North 16-5

Greensburg visited North Decatur May 15 and won 16-5 against its county rival in five innings.

The Pirates scored twice in the first and nine times in the second. Greensburg went on to score in every inning. North scored in the final three innings for five runs, but it was not enough.

Whitney Tallent won the game (4-3) in her last JV game of the season. She allowed three earned runs in a complete game, struck out nine and walked one.

North freshman Kiley Stier endured the loss for the Lady Chargers.

Greensburg out-hit North 5-3, making the best of the five hits. North gave up 14 walks and made eight errors. Katie Bennett hit an inside-the-park home run. Schroeder had a double and 3 RBI’s, Workman, Allie Geis and Kramer each had singles. Workman, Tallent and Bennett drove in two runs apiece.

Pirates end with 11-4 win

Greensburg wrapped the season May 16 against Franklin County, winning 11-4. The Pirates out-hit the Wildcats 8-5. They scored four in the first, and added two innings of three runs apiece before adding another for the 11-run output.

Kelsie Fischer pitched a complete-game victory, her first of the year. She allowed just four runs (all earned) on five hits, striking out three and walking three.

Becca Koors tallied two singles. Paige Clemons hit a single and a triple, while Bri Foster, Allie Geis and Nicole Ploeger each had singles. Fischer had an inside-the-park home run to round out the hitting. Kramer had four RBI’s, via a walk, a FC and a sac fly. Fischer and Clemons each drove in two runs.

The Lady Pirates finish the season at 9-10. The team lost eight games to rain.

“This was a great way to end the season with a three game winning streak,” said Russell Wilhoit. “We had some very young players and they responded very well, with great attitudes, hustle and willing to learn.

Even though we made a lot of errors, we never gave up, and we will be looking forward for them all coming back next year even stronger as we continue to build up our softball program. For the Lady Pirates, the future is bright as we continue down the road.”

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


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