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April 8, 2012

H.S. ROUNDUP: Generals sweep Forest Park in matchup of top-10 teams

Providence comes up shot in own invitational

FERDINAND — In a battle of top-10 softball squads, Class 2A No. 9 Clarksville swept a doubleheader at Class 2A No. 10 Forest Park on Saturday. The Generals won the opener 3-2, followed by an 11-5 victory in the nightcap.

In Game 1, Clarksville (4-2) tied the game at two in the top of the sixth inning when Miranda Ridenour delivered a two-out RBI double. Then in the top of the seventh, Brooke Lucas drove in the go-ahead run with a one-out RBI double.

Lucas and teammate Kierstin Hall each went 2-for-3. Generals’ starting pitcher Amber Perez tossed a complete game in collecting the win. Perez surrendered two earned runs on four hits and three walks, while striking out seven.

Clarksville smacked 17 hits to win Game 2. Ali Sparkman led the Generals, going 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Lucas went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, including a two-run home run in the first. Teammate Summer Dees was 2-for-3 with two doubles, two RBIs and two runs scored.

Also for Clarksville, Hall was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, while Ridenour, Hannah Heintzman and Alexa Medlock each had two hits.

Heintzman got her first varsity win of her high school career. In a starting role, the junior pitched 4 1/3 innings, allowing four runs (none earned) on two hits. Heintzman walked four and struck out three.

“It was a very good day for us,” Generals’ head coach Tim Hauber said. “In the first game, it was an outstanding ballgame. Both teams played well. We just had to make some plays.”

Clarksville will travel to New Washington on Monday.

• Pioneers lose in final of Providence Invite: Miranda Whelan threw a no-hitter to lead North Harrison past Providence in the Providence Invitational final, 12-0.

Pioneer starter Meredith Endris was the losing pitcher. She pitched 3 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (two earned) on four hits. Endris walked two and struck out one.

“We ran into a buzzsaw in the second game,” Providence head coach Sean Payne said. “The girls came out flat. North Harrison hit the ball well and made us pay for our mistakes.”

The Pioneers defeated Crawford County in the semifinals, 7-1. Morgan Habermel led Providence (3-1) at the plate, going 2-for-2 with two doubles and an RBI. Providence pitcher Taylor Rockey earned the victory. In six innings of work, she allowed one run (earned) on three hits with nine strikeouts and two walks.

Charlestown lost the tournament opener to North Harrison, 4-2. Alli Webster was the losing pitcher, giving up four runs on five hits in a complete-game effort. Webster struck out 10 and walked three.

The Pirates bounced back to win the consolation game over Crawford, 6-4.

Webster got the win, giving up two hits and four walks while striking out 10. Webster helped herself at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Teammate Alyssa Price went 3-for-4 with a double, while Charlestown’s Morgan Ashby was 2-for-2.

“I thought we played well as a whole,” Pirates’ head coach Kevin Zollman said. “We are making strides as far as getting better.”

Providence and Charlestown will return to the diamond on Monday. The Pioneers will host Lanesville, while the Pirates will visit Silver Creek.

• Red Devils oust Seymour: Host Jeffersonville scored two runs in the fourth to defeat Seymour, 2-0.

The Red Devils’ Kayleigh Thomas was the winning pitcher, upping her record to 1-0. Jeff’s Lakin Roland and Tori Flaten each had a double.

“I am proud of our girls bouncing back from the loss (on Friday to Jennings County) and playing great defense today against a strong hitting team,” Red Devils’ head coach Jodi Bradley said.

Jeff (4-1) will host New Washington on Wednesday.

• Dragons rally to beat Madison: Trailing 6-3, host Silver Creek scored eight runs in bottom of the sixth and rallied to defeat Madison, 11-7.

The Dragons’ Audrey Jolissaint tied the score at six in the sixth when she launched a three-run homer with none out. Later in the frame, Heather Knight put Silver Creek (4-1) in front for good with a two-run triple.

For the Dragons, Sydney Ledwedge went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Brooke Barnett was 2-for-3.

Silver Creek starter Shayla Cravens tossed a complete game, allowing four earned runs on four hits. Cravens had six strikeouts and three walks.

“We made quite few errors early. But it was a good win for us,” Dragons’ assistant coach Terry Purlee said.

Silver Creek will host Charlestown on Monday.

• Bulldogs lose at South Spencer: Freshman Kaylea Horn pitched a one-hit shutout to lead host South Spencer past New Albany, 1-0.

Brittany Jones had the Bulldogs’ only hit, a single in the fifth. New Albany starter Mackenzie Gill was the losing pitcher, allowing nine runs (six earned) on 14 hits.

The Bulldogs (2-2) will host Floyd Central on Tuesday.

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