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Corydon Central’s Shawna Kopp, left, and North Harrison’s Jenna Nevil both hit the ground as Kopp makes the tag to stop Nevil from swiping a base. Photo by Wade Bell

Corydon rolls past Lady Cats

April 20, 2011
Host Corydon Central scored in five of its six at-bats against county-rival North Harrison Thursday afternoon as the Lady Panthers picked up their straight Mid-Southern Conference win.

"I'm going to give Corydon Central a lot of credit here," North Harrison coach John Lambert said. "They came out and played a really nice game, and they were really focused. I thought they did exactly what they needed to do to beat us. I just give them a lot of credit tonight for this game."

North Harrison looked to have a big inning in the first as Kendra Lambert and Alyssa McAfee singled. Kennedy House grounded out, but Lambert scored after stealing second earlier. Amber Longest and Miranda Whelan both walked to load the bases, but the Lady Cats left the bases loaded. However, they still led 1-0.

Corydon Central evened things up in the bottom of the inning. With one out, Shawna Kopp walked. Moments later, with two outs, Angela Shutters ripped a triple to score Kopp.

The Lady Panthers then went out in front in the bottom of the second inning. Ashley Mattingly, who reached base on a single, scored on a long, two-out single by Christina McAfee.

"I think we started pressing a little too early," Lambert said. "I think we knee-jerk reacted to the game. We came out in the top of the first inning and scored that one run but left the bases loaded. It seemed like that affected us tonight. I'm not sure why, but I think we kind of felt like we should have got more that inning."

Corydon Central used three hits and a North Harrison error to score a third run in the bottom of the third.

In the top of the fourth, the Lady Cats got one of those runs back following a triple by Brittany Sears and a one-out single by Tabby Bozynski to close the gap to 3-2.

Corydon Central then unleashed a barrage of runs in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Kaitlan Money lofted a solo shot over the right-center fence. Kopp then singled and went to second on a Lady Cats error. Annalea Miller followed that with a double. Kopp scored on a passed ball with Shutters at the plate, who walked. Courtesy runner Allison Chambers stole second, and Ashley Crawhorn singled to score two for a 7-2 Lady Panthers advantage.

Corydon Central managed one more run, in the bottom of the fifth, but also saw an injury when Christina McAfee slid into third on a steal. Corydon Central coach Kim Briscoe said there was a pop in the leg during the slide. McAfee's leg was splinted, and she was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Catherine Day scored on a passed ball, when play resumed, for an 8-2 lead.

North Harrison failed to score in its last two at-bats, and the Lady Panthers came away with the 8-2 win.

"For whatever reason, we came out tonight and was a little tight," Lambert said. "We were tight at the beginning. I think we had that little rally in the top of the first inning, and then, all of a sudden, we died out. I think the kids just kind of took that wrong tonight. We kind of deflated a little bit in the first inning."

North Harrison finished with five hits and two errors. From the pitching circle, Alyssa McAfee struck out four and walked five, while Miranda Whelan struck out one and walked one. The Lady Cats left seven runners on base. Lambert had praise for Longest's work behind the plate.

"Amber does a fantastic job," he said of his catcher. "She calls great pitches. We've given her a little bit more freedom this year. She pretty much calls the game herself. She'll ask questions or talk to us and ask different things. She's come up to us before and asked us if we want to call the game. Amber is a super, super catcher."

Corydon Central finished with 11 hits, with Kopp, Shutters and Miller getting two each. Crawhorn, from the pitching circle, struck out seven, walked three and hit one North Harrison batter. The Lady Panthers had no errors and left eight runners on base.

"Luckily, it's a long season and we've got time to work on some things," Lambert said. "We've still got only one senior (Brittany Sears), four juniors. Out of the 26 kids, 21 of them are freshmen and sophomores. What we're looking at is we've got some young ones and we've got some talented young ones. It's still high school ball."

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