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Crawford County’s Chelsea Benham is just late getting the tag on North Harrison’s Miranda Whelan as she steals the base. Photo by Wade Bell

Lady Cats rip Crawford, 13-1

May 27, 2009
The North Harrison Lady Cats came to Crawford County last Wednesday wanting to make a statement about their upcoming first-round softball sectional match-up in the Corydon Central sectional. They did just that, beating the Lady Pack, 13-1, and giving Crawford County something to think about over the Memorial Day weekend.

"Now, we've got the trap end of it, where we just came down here and made a statement," coach John Lambert said. "Now we've got to come back down here Monday and not overlook. The trap is set for ourselves."

The game got away from Crawford County early as North Harrison scored seven first-inning runs, including five before making an out.

"The first inning, we were brain dead," Crawford County coach Lonnie Presley said. "They had some good hits, though. You can't take anything away from the hits. We just weren't up, and they were."

Crawford County managed to get one of the runs back in the bottom of the inning. Chelsea Benham walked

and Kayla Parr reached base on a bunt. A North Harrison error with Andi Suddarth at the plate allowed Benham to score from second base.

North Harrison, however, added another run in the third inning, to push its lead back up to seven at 8-1.

Crawford County loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, but the Lady Pack failed to push any across the plate, leaving all three runners stranded.

From there, North Harrison continued to cruise. The Lady Cats put two runners across the plate in the top of the fifth and three more in the top of the sixth.

Crawford's only hit came in the bottom of the sixth courtesy of Suddarth. The senior stole second with hopes of keeping the game going, but the Lady Pack made two more outs and the mercy rule ended the game at 13-1.

"We at least know, and they at least know, we can run-rule them," Lambert said. "I still think that's a good thing to put in their heads and in our kids to know."

"They hit the ball all the way through the lineup," Presley said. "That comes with pitches, because a lot of our pitches were high. You've got to be aggressive in the field as you are at the plate, and we'll swing at anything at the plate."

North Harrison collected 12 hits, led by Amber Longest's 4-for-5 effort that included three doubles. Kayla Lambert and Mary Robertson added two hits each. From the pitching circle, Courtney Crone struck out five Crawford County batters while walking three. North Harrison, however, struggled in the field, committing five errors.

The Lady Pack, who collected just one hit, also experienced problems on defense, making three errors of their own. Pitcher Carolyn Pellman recorded four strikeouts and three walks, while Nikki Novak walked two batters.

"They hit the ball real strong at times, and we'll chart our pitches and see where the pitches were that they hit strong," Lambert said. "We'll see what maybe we can do to see that don't happen. As far as over-thinking it, I don't think they will. I think we've got to the point we're doing a really good job."

"We'll have a different lineup in the first game of the sectional," Presley said. "We should hold it. It should be a better ball game than what that one was. The team that wants it is going to win it. We don't seem to want very many, so we'll just see."

"Like I said, I hope we didn't set a trap for ourselves to come out and be a little over confident," Lambert said. "It won't take long to knock the wind out of their sails and get them back in. I think we'll be ready."

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