Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

May 2, 2013

Pirate JV softball 4-6 after busy week

Nick Gonnella
Greensburg Daily News

Greensburg — The Greensburg junior varsity softball team split a pair of games last week.

The Lady Pirates beat Franklin County 12-5 last Tuesday on the road. Despite the threat of rain, the weather held off and Greensburg was able to pick up the win.

Greensburg started off with a seven-run first inning. Franklin County scored once in the home half, but Greensburg led the entire game. The Pirates scored one in the third and two in each of the fourth and fifth innings. The Wildcats scattered four runs over a three-inning span.

Sophomore Emma Wolter tallied her first win of the season, pitching a complete game. Wolter allowed just three earned runs, while giving up only six hits. She struck out a total of 8 batters and walking none to run her record to 1-1 on the season.

Greensburg outhit the Wildcats 8-6 despite committing five errors, while the Wildcats committed three.

Greensburg fell to Shelbyville 13-11 last Monday in a game that coach Russell Wilhoit believed it should have won.

“Too many errors led to our downfall,” he said.

Both teams did their scoring in just two innings apiece. After a scoreless first, Greensburg scored six in the top of the second. Shelbyville answered with five in the third, and eight more in the fourth to take a 13-6 lead. Greensburg scored five in the fifth, but it was not enough.

The Pirates tallied 11 hits, but committed six errors, while Shelbyville tallied 11 hits and committed four errors.

Allie Geis led the Pirates with three hits. Kelsie Fischer, Becca Koors, Paige Clemons had two hits apiece. Shanda Workman, Emma Wolter chipped in with singles. Geis drove in a team-high four runs and Emma Wolter 3 runs, while Shanda Workman and Paige Clemons each drove in one run each.

Wolter, in her first JV game, pitched well in a complete-game effort. Only five of the 13 runs were earned. She struck out two and walked five in the losing cause.

“After eight games I think for a very young team, we have done very well,” said Wilhoit. “It’s still a learning process, but I do see improvement in each game, and with a break here and there, an a couple less errors, our record could be turned around, since we have lost four games by a total of only 11 runs.”

The freshman game at Franklin Central Wednesday was rained out.

Lady Pirate JV tops Batesville

The JV Pirates came away with a 7-5 win over rival Batesville.

Greensburg took a 2-0 lead after three innings, and led 4-2 after four. Batesville scored three runs to tie the game at five in the top of the seventh, but the Pirates scored two for the win.

Greensburg outhit the Bulldogs 12-3, despite committing five errors to Batesville’s four.

Freshman Whitney Tallent (3-2) recorded the win on the mound. She allowed just three earned runs, struck out two batters and walked two.

Shanda Workman, Emma Wolter, Whitney Tallent and Allie Geis all had two hits apiece to led the Lady Pirates.

The Pirates hosted Jennings County Friday and suffered a 14-0 loss against a tough Lady Panthers squad.

“This would be a completely different story,” said Wilhoit, “being our worse loss of the season, against a very good team, that has a great softball program.”

The Panthers put up five runs in each of the third and sixth innings while belting 14 hits.

Kelsie Fischer tallied her team’s only two hits.

Emma Wolter (1-2) allowed just seven earned runs as Greensburg committed four errors. She allowed a 3-run home run, struck out a batter and walked only one.

Panther pitching struck out 13 Pirates.

“We just ran into a buzz saw with the pitching of Jennings County being very good and fast,” said Wilhoit. “It has been rare that we ever have over three or four strikeouts in a game; we have been putting the ball in play, but we didn’t make anything happen in this game.”

The JV team is coached by Russell Wilhoit and assisted by freshman coach Brian Dodson.

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