Despite out-hitting New Castle 10-4 at Saturday’s Class 4A Center Grove Semistate, the Trojans eliminated Floyd Central 4-1 in the semifinal Saturday.
The 25-5 Highlanders had 10 hits, including a pair of doubles by Regan Hadley and Morgan Harper, but only managed a first-inning run to take a 1-0 lead. New Castle scored once in the fourth inning to tie the game and took the lead for good with a three-spot in the fifth.
“We were never able to get that timely hit that could’ve opened up the game and changed the momentum,” Floyd’s second-year coach Scott Castleberry said.
Highlander sophomore Kassie King, who was 4-0 in the tournament prior to Saturday, was sharp again. She struck out 13 Trojans and held the state’s highest-scoring team to four runs. She took her first loss after starting the season with 10 straight wins.
Floyd’s run came when Taylor Castleberry singled, stole second and scored on an error. Castleberry and Hadley each went 3-for-4 in the loss.
Six Highlanders played their final regular-season games Saturday — Taylor Batliner, Caroline Cato, Taylor McClure, Amber Mahan, Morgan Harper and Katelin Dreher.
Bloomington South beat New Castle 2-1 in eight innings on Saturday evening to claim the semistate and a spot in this coming Saturday’s Class 4A state championship game at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis.
CLASS 4A CENTER GROVE SEMISTATE
NEW CASTLE 4, FLOYD CENTRAL 1
Floyd Central 100 000 0—1 10 0
New Castle 000 130 x—4 4 2
W — Renner. L — Kassie King (10-1). 2B — Regan Hadley (F), Morgan Harper (F). HR — Woollard (N), Duvall (N).
Records — Floyd Central 25-5.