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Eagles blank Pack, 7-0

April 21, 2010
After muscling to a 13-inning win in softball action against Northeast Dubois last Monday night, Crawford County struggled the next day against visiting Lanesville, as the Lady Eagles slapped 12 hits for a 7-0 win.

Crawford County coach Lonnie Presley
"You've got to play harder, and I don't think we played hard like we did last night," Crawford County coach Lonnie Presley said. "We played pretty hard last night."

Lanesville scored six runs in the first three innings. Brooklynn Keinsley scored in the first following a Faith Johnston hit with two outs. In the second inning, Kayla Smith led off with a triple, and Morgan Williams followed with a single. Smith then scored when Keinsley grounded out. Abby Schmelz added another run on a single by Ashley Schoen.

Lanesville coach Bill Krammes
In the third inning, Elizabeth Sacassas led off with a triple, and a Crawford County error put Smith safely on base. With two outs, Keinsley singled to score Smith, and a passed ball allowed Smith to cross the plate. Keinsley later scored on an errant pitch by Carolyn Pellman to give the Lady Eagles a 6-0 lead.

This year, the softball pitching circle was moved back three feet. Lanesville coach Bill Krammes said that has created more hitting and, in turn, more defense.

"It actually slows it down because of that three-feet distance," Krammes said of the ball. "You've got to be a really strong kid to maintain your speed. (Lanesville pitcher Ashley Schoen's) speed is probably down a little bit, but she's so good at location and different kinds of pitches. Last year, she was striking out 14 of 15 kids a game. Today, she struck out five."

Presley said his team still has much to learn before he can make a judgment regarding the mound change.

"We're still not getting around on it real good," Presley said. "We've got a bunch of girls learning how to hit it, and we're getting more comfortable. We've got more players getting comfortable in new positions. We've got some in positions they've never played before. As far as it being moved back, I don't know. I'll have to wait till the end of the year to make a comment on that."

Both teams blanked out through the next three innings. In the top of the seventh, Lanesville added one more run for good measure, as Williams scored with two outs on a Crawford County error. The Lady Pack went down in order in the bottom of the inning, and the Lady Eagles had the 7-0 shutout.

"We should have come out and played harder," Presley said. "If we had played harder and went at balls, that ball in center field should have been caught. A couple of plays at short should had been had. We should have gone at it — field the ball and throw the person out — and made good plays."

For Lanesville, Keinsley, Johnston and Schoen had two hits each. Schoen also had five strikeouts from the mound. The Lady Eagles left 10 runners on base.

Crawford County finished with five hits. Hurlers Pellman and Nikki Novak combined for one strikeout and three walks. The Lady Pack left five runners aboard.

"We're getting better at hitting," Presley said. "Ashley hit a ball at third that was pretty hard. We're getting better at our hitting. Our biggest thing is, we're making too many errors, and it's a mental thing mostly. We throw it too easy or we don't field it first and then throw it. We just make mental mistakes.

"Now, physical, I wouldn't trade any of my girls for any of his. It's like anything else. You get out of (it) what you put into it. If you don't play hard, you're not going to compete."

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