By HANSON CRAFTON
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
After a dominant performance against Bedford North Lawrence, the Floyd Central Highlanders will play Jennings County for the Hoosier Hill Conference Championship today.
The Highlander tormented the Bedford pitching staff for 13 hits in Thursday’s 13-2 victory.
“This type of performance has been building,” Highlander coach Scott Castleberry said. “The team has really come together as one and they are starting to play with passion and are having fun. Our offense had a great game and Caroline [Cato] pitched well. Overall, this was one of our better games.”
Cato pitched a steady game against the Stars. She allowed two early runs in the first but put an end to the scoring and blanked Bedford the rest of the game. She pitched five innings, allowing just four hits and struck out two.
Kaitlin Dreher paced the offensive attack for Floyd Central. She was 2-for-3 with a double and a home run, also driving in two runs while scoring twice.
Taylor Castleberry was not put out in the contest, going 4-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. She also stole a base.
Jenson Strigel went 2-for-3 and connected for another Highlander home run. She finished with two RBI and two runs scored, as well.
The win places the 16-9 Highlanders in tonight’s championship game against Jennings County, which knocked off Jeffersonville on Thursday. The Highlanders beat the defending sectional champion Panthers 3-2 last week.
“Jennings County is a real strong team,” coach Castleberry said. “If we can come out with our intensity and play with our power and speed I see us doing just fine.”
FLOYD CENTRAL 13, BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 2
Bedford NL 200 00— 2 4 3
Floyd Cent. 042 7x—13 13 1
W — Caroline Cato (7-2). L — Silvers. 2B — Kaitlin Dreher (F), Morgan Harper (F), Clara Sheen (F), Taylor Castleberry (F). HR — Dreher (F), Jensen Strigel (F).
Records — Floyd Central 16-4, Bedford North Lawrence 14-5.
JEFF MOVES INTO CHAMPIONSHIP
Nolan Fertig hit a three-run, second-inning home run to lift Jeffersonville past Madison 3-2 and into today’s HHC championship game.
Joe Burke and Jeremiah Phelps held Madison to two runs on seven hits. Burke earned the win and had five strikeouts. Phelps got the save.
Hayden Robb went 2-for-4 in the victory.
NEW ALBANY’S GOLLER BLANKS SEYMOUR
Tanner Goller shut down the Seymour lineup Thursday, tossing a shutout in the Bulldogs’ 2-0 victory in the consolation bracket of the HHC tourney.
Goller pitched the complete game, giving up three hits. He walked two batters while striking out four.
The win gives New Albany their 20th of the season at 20-3. The Bulldogs will next be in action today when they visit Bedford North Lawrence.
NEW ALBANY 2, SEYMOUR 0
Seymour 000 000 0—0 3 0
New Albany 000 002 x—2 5 1
W — Tanner Goller (5-0). L — Moore. 2B — Jack Shine (N), Bohall (S).
Records — Seymour 9-11, New Albany 20-3.
BEDFORD STUNS FLOYD CENTRAL
With a mad rally in the final inning, Bedford North Lawrence scored five runs in the seventh inning to top Floyd Central, 9-8.
Floyd enjoyed a four-run lead going into the last inning until the Bedford eruption.
It was a game of long balls as the teams launched a combined four home runs. Tre Fulton, Brandon Smith and Colton Kimm all contected for Highlander big flys.
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 9, FLOYD CENTRAL 8
Floyd Central 001 106 0—8 11 2
Bedford NL 010 003 5—9 6 3
W — Hensley. L — Phillip Archer (4-1). HR — Tre Folton (F), Brandon Smith (F), Coltin Kim (F), Tanner Tow (B).
Records — Floyd Central 19-4.
FLOYD CENTRAL EDGES SEYMOUR 3-2
Floyd Central advanced to the Hoosier Hill Confernce championship today after getting past Seymour. The Highlanders will travel to Columbus East tonight for the HHC championship.
The Highlanders were led by the oustanding singles play they have recieved all season. Giorgia Rossetto, Dana Frank and Alexis Applegate were all three sharp, cruising through the singles matches. They won 36 games to three for the Owls.
FLOYD CENTRAL 3, SEYMOUR 2
No. 1 — Giorgia Rossetto (F) d. Marley Vehslage 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 — Dana Frank (F) d. Hallie Crenshaw 6-0, 6-2.
No. 3 — Alexis Applegate (F) d. Kennedy Richard 6-0, 6-0.
No. 1 — Emma Wood-Karen Bringendurg (S) d. Erin Patterson-Alex Jamison 6-3, 6-3.
No. 2 — Lindsey Hune-Payton Warren (S) d. Katrina Klingsmith-Kailiyn Mitchell 6-2, 6-1.
Records — Floyd Central 13-4.
EAST BLOWS BY BULLDOGS
Columbus East advanced to today’s HHC championship game by sweeping New Albany 5-0.
East was dominant throughout the day and cruised in four of the five matches. The win sets East up against the Floyd Central Highlanders for the conference crown.
COLUMBUS EAST 5, NEW ALBANY 0
At New Albany
No. 1 — Ashlee Hasson d. Anne Mattox 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 — Megan Galle d. Lauren Hoffer 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 — Alexa Husmann-Miller d. Megha Dhanapal 6-3, 6-1.
No. 1 — Poja Pandita-Aneta Smidova d. Racquel Burch-Ashley Fulmer 6-2, 6-3.
No. 2 — Susana Blanco-Shyanne Reynolds d. Haley Young-Rachel Johnson 7-5, 6-1.
JEFFERSONVILLE BLANKS JENNINGS 5-0
Jeffersonville picked up a win in the HHC consolation game Thursday by sweeping Jennings County.
The Red Devils played well across the board. Their closest game of the evening ended in a 6-4 score.
Jeffersonville moves to .500 on the year at 8-8.
JEFFERSONVILLE 5, JENNINGS COUNTY 0
No. 1 — Emily Lewis d. Amy Gasper 6-0, 6-1.
No. 2 — Larrissa Neville d. Avis McGovern 6-3, 6-4.
No. 3 — Kaitlin Wunsch d. Kristen Nottingham 6-0, 6-2
No. 1 — Rachel Williams-Libby West d. Brittnay Lykins-Elaine Lynkins 6-0, 6-2.
No. 2 — Katie Bowen-McKenna Woodard d. Cassie Leach-Hailee Harmon 6-3, 6-1.
Records — Jeffersonville 8-8.