By KEVIN HARRIS
Sherrill scores lone run in C’town’s 1-0 win over NW
Webster throws fourth no-hitter in five games
BY KEVIN HARRIS
CHARLESTOWN — Freshman Leah Sherrill scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Charlestown softball team a 1-0 home victory over Greater Clark rival New Washington on Wednesday.
Sherrill pitch-ran for teammate Shelby Goedeker, who led off the seventh by drawing a walk from Mustangs’ starting pitcher Whitney Morris. Sherrill advanced to second base on a wild pitch.
Later in the frame with Sherrill at third, the Pirate rookie scored on another Morris wild pitch with one out for the game-winner.
“We’re fortunate to get the win. Having a little speed on the bases helps,” Charlestown coach Kevin Zollman said. “Whitney Morris pitched a really good game. But she got a little rattled when runners got on.”
Despite the loss, Morris pitched a gem. She threw a complete game, allowing one hit and two walks with six strikeouts.
Pirate senior Alli Webster tossed her second consecutive no-hitter and her fourth hitless effort in five games. She struck out 14 Mustangs and walked one. On Tuesday in the completion of a suspended game at Scottsburg, Webster finished a no-hitter in a 9-0 victory with 20 strikeouts.
Webster also had the game’s only hit on Wednesday, which was a one-out single in the bottom of the first.
“She’s pitching well right now. We just hope we bring the sticks with us when she’s pitching,” Zollman said.
Charlestown (11-2) travels to Brownstown Central today for a crucial Mid-Southern Conference contest. New Washington (8-8) visit South Central today.
• Dragons top Pioneers: Host Silver Creek pounded out 11 hits in its 12-6 victory over Providence on Wednesday. The Dragons’ Shayla Cravens was the winning pitcher improving her record to 7-2.
NEXT: Silver Creek hosts Scottsburg, today; Providence (13-7) at Mustang Invitational in Edgewood, Saturday.
• Red Devils defeat Jennings: Visiting Jeffersonville had four players each collect three hits in its 17-6 victory at Jennings County on Wednesday.
The Red Devils’ Nolan Fertig and Casey Gibson each went 3-for-4. Gibson had a triple, scored four runs and drove in two runs, while Fertig scored twice and had two RBIs.
Jeff’s Chandler Dale went 3-for-5 with three doubles, four runs scored and three RBIs, while teammate Damin Smith was 3-for-3 with four RBIs and a run scored. Red Devil junior Drew Ellis extended his hitting streak to 14 games by going 2-for-4 with three runs, while Jeff’s Nick Gallagher went 2-for-4.
Red Devil pitcher Matt Blackburn got the win in his first career varsity start. In four innings, Blackburn gave up four runs (three earned) on four hits with two strikeouts and no walks.
“Matt pitched a great game, especially since it was his first varsity start,” Jeff coach Derek Ellis said. “I’m very proud of him and happy with the way we are swinging the bats and scoring runs.”
NEXT: Jeff (11-3) will host Evansville Central and Evansville Memorial, Saturday.
• Mustangs down Crothersville: Sophomore James Clemons allowed two earned runs on five hits in New Washington’s 7-2 victory over visiting Crothersville on Wednesday. Clemons struck out four and walked two.
Junior Dalton Bingham led the Mustangs at the plate, going 2-for-3. Teammate Joe Kehrwald was 2-for-4 with a double.
NEXT: New Washington (2-8, 1-3 Southern Athletic Conference) hosts Lanesville, today.
• Hornets win quad meet: Led by Luke Davidson’s 44, Henryville shot a 184 to win a quadrangular meet at Chariot Run Golf Course on Tuesday. Rock Creek Academy’s Brett Castetler was the medalist with a 40.
NEXT: Henryville at Hauser Invitational (Clifty Creek), Saturday.