By KEVIN HARRIS and GREG MENGELT
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
The Providence softball team scored six times in the sixth and seventh innings and cruised to a 15-2 victory over rival Clarksville in the City Championship on Monday at Clarksville High School.
The Pioneers led 3-2 after five innings before exploding for 12 runs in the final two frames.
“We challenged them late in the game and [the Pioneers] put it together as a team,” Providence coach Sean Payne explain the onslaught.
Melinda Cochran came off of the Pioneer bench to earn Most Valuable Player honors. She went 2-for-2 with a triple, walk, two runs and an RBI.
Meredith Endris picked up the win for Providence. Bailey Sharpe had a double and Brooke Lucas smacked a triple for the Generals.
NEXT: Clarksville (4-5) will host Silver Creek, tonight; Providence (8-4) will host Corydon Central, Wednesday.
• Bush, Dragons blank Austin: McKenzie Bush pitched a five-hit shutout and went 2-for-4 at the plate to lead host Silver Creek past Austin in five innings on Monday, 13-0. Also for the Dragons, Shayla Cravens went 2-for-3 with a double, a triple and two RBIs, Sydney Ledwedge was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and Olivia Scarbrough was 2-for-4.
NEXT: Silver Creek (9-3, 4-0 Mid-Southern Conference) hosts Clarksville, today.
• Bulldogs win NA Invite: New Albany earned a pair of 10-run victories to capture Saturday’s New Albany Invitational title. The Bulldogs defeated Trinity Lutheran 11-1 in five innings before topping Lanesville 10-0 in the title game.
New Albany’s Sydney Michell went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and a pair of runs scored in the triumph over Trinity. Bulldog sophomore Hannah Morton tossed a one-hit shutout and struck out 10 in the championship. She walked just one Eagle.
NEXT: New Albany (8-2) will host Seymour, tonight.
• Farvour leads Braves to win over Eastern: Shelbie Farvour went 4-for-4, hit a grand slam and was the winning pitcher as Borden defeated Eastern 12-6 on Saturday. Caitlin McKinley also went 2-for-4 for the Braves.
NEXT: Borden hosts Lanesville, today; Eastern will host Austin, Thursday.
• Highlanders sweep Creek: In a potential regional matchup, Floyd Central beat Silver Creek 5-0 on Monday.
The Highlanders won all five matches in straight sets. Still, Dragons’ coach Robert Briscoe saw a lot to be happy about with his team.
“We learned a lot about ourselves today and we see the potential,” Silver Creek coach Robert Briscoe said. “We’re going to use the rest of the season to build on that. But if we didn’t learn anything today, it was a wasted day.”
In a matchup of arguably the area’s best two players, Floyd senior Olivia Boesing swept Silver Creek junior Kat Hebble, 6-2 in each set. Whitney Batliner and Dana Frank also were impressive for the Highlanders at No. 1 singles. They defeated Jenny Block and Rebekah Knittle, 6-0, 6-3.
NEXT: Silver Creek will host Clarksville, tonight; Floyd Central vs. Terre Haute North at Bedford North Lawrence, tonight.
• Mustangs down Madison: Courtney Amick, Melanie Dieterlen and Ashley Johnson each won their respective singles matches in New Washington’s 4-1 victory at Madison. At No. 1 doubles, the Mustangs’ Amanda Kemp and Christen Walker beat Katie McGee and Maddie Robinson, 7-5, 6-1.
NEXT: New Washington (3-4) at Madison Shawe, today.
• Warriorettes edge Clarksville: Scottsburg won three three-set matches to defeat Clarksville 3-2 on Monday.
Abigail Hurtgen at No. 3 singles and the No. 2 doubles duo of Bailey Duggan and Sharon Garcia were victorious for Clarksville.
NEXT: Silver Creek at Clarksville, tonight.
• Charlestown beats Salem: Charlestown swept the doubles events and won two of the three singles divisions to beat Salem 4-1 on Monday.
Jessica Renn and Suzzannah Fielding came through in the clutch with a 6-0, 4-6, 7-6 (11-9) win at No. 2 doubles. Erica Brody at No. 1 singles also won a three-set match for the Pirates.
NEXT: Charlestown at Eastern, Thursday.
• Creek beats Eastern: Cody Razer blasted two home runs, including a second-inning grand slam, to lead host Silver Creek past Eastern on Monday, 11-9. Razer ended up going 2-for-4 with five RBIs, while teammate Shae Durham was 2-for-3 with two doubles and earned the save on the mound.
Collecting two hits for the Musketeers were Kaleb Nicholson, Cody Shepherd, Dustyn Miller and Brayton Brading.
NEXT: Silver Creek (11-1, 3-0 Mid-Southern Conference) at Borden, today; Eastern hosts Henryville, today.
• Pirates beat Cougars in extras: Charlestown scored a run in the top of the eighth inning and Darren Taylor shut down North Harrison in the bottom of the frame to allow Charlestown to defeat the Cougars 4-3 on Monday.
Taylor threw eight innings, giving up five hits while striking out six. All three runs he surrendered were unearned.
Jordan Hensley-Cole went 3 for 4 with a pair of RBIs for the Pirates.
“Just a great victory tonight for our program,” Charlestown manager Ricky Romans said. “I'm so happy for the kids and extremely pleased with their effort again tonight.”
NEXT: Charlestown (9-2, 2-0 MSC) hosts Scottsburg, Thursday.
• Pioneers roll past Generals: Freshmen Max Leist earned co-medalist honors with a 39 to lead host Providence past Clarksville in a dual meet at Covered Bridge Golf Club on Monday, 169-217. Generals’ senior Nick Cappola shared medalist honors with Leist with a 39.
NEXT: Providence hosts Corydon Central (Covered Bridge), today; Clarksville at Wooded View Invitational (Wooded View), Saturday.
• Arrell leads CAI to victory: Jayson Arrell shot a meet-best 37 at Hidden Creek Golf Club on Monday to lead Christian Academy to a 204-233 win over Rock Creek Academy on Monday.
Brett Kasteler led the Lions with a 41.
NEXT: Rock Creek at Columbus Christian (Clifty Creek), tonight; Christian Academy at Salem (Western Hills), Friday.
• Hornets win at Shadowood: Henryville went to Seymour and defeated Trinity Lutheran 188-201 at Shadowood Golf Club on Monday.
Henryville freshman Luke Davidson earned medalist honors with a 4-over-par 36. Mitchell Fields shot a 47 and Cole Hairston a 50 for the Hornets.
NEXT: Henryville at Madison Shawe Invitational, Saturday.