South Decatur pounded out 16 hits and survived a 21/2 hour softball game at Oldenburg Academy, winning 19-14 for the Cougars’ third win of the season.

“It was a good win for us,” said South Decatur coach Lisa Huff, her team now 3-9. “Our bats continued to be strong. We hit the ball extremely well and we keep improving with each game.

“That is what we need to continue to do moving into (sectional) tourney time.”

Chloee Smith and Brittany Koors each rapped out four hits for South Decatur. Koors also drove in five runs. Morgan Eden added a trio of hits and drove home two runs, while Brooke Helms had two hits and three RBI.

Mackenzie Kopplin, who doubled and knocked home a pair of runs, picked up the win, fanning seven.

Elsewhere in softball:

HAUSER 4, GREENSBURG 3 – The host Jets rallied for two runs in the last of the seventh to hand Greensburg just its fourth loss in 18 games.

“(The game) lived up to its hype,” said Greensburg coach Jake Shook.

Both teams entered the contest among the state’s elite.

“It was good to see our team come together tonight and pick each other up,” said Shook. “They were ready to play and didn’t lose focus.”

The Sims sisters combined to burn the Pirates. Leslie Sims used her speed to score three runs for Hauser, while freshman sister, Tessa Sims, limited Greensburg to just two hits and fanned eight.

“She is probably the best pitcher we have seen so far this year,” Shook said.

Sydney Meyer doubled and Britney Biltz singled for the Pirates.

KNIGHTSTOWN 13, NORTH DECATUR 3 – The visiting Panthers pounded 12 hits and used a 10-0 start to upend the Chargers.

Knightstown (9-5) scored 4 in the first and added 6 more in the second inning. North Decatur (3-9) scored all of its runs in the second inning.

Mary Hughes led the Chargers with a trio of singles, while Anna Schwering had two hits including a double, and drove home two runs. Addy Osting also doubled for the home team.

- Daily News

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