JEFFERSONVILLE — Jeffersonville pitcher Trent Astle struck out 14 Providence batter and allowed just one hit in a 3-0 Red Devil victory at Don Poole Field Monday.
Astle faced just 23 Providence batters in his seven innings of work. He walked just one Pioneer in the win, his first of the year.
The one-hit shutout comes on the heels of a bad Astle start against Castle on Friday in which the Jeff hurler was pulled from the game in the first inning.
“I took an approach today that I haven’t took with any team I’ve ever had. Our team, we’re 1-3 and we haven’t been mentally prepared for any game that we’ve been in,” Jeffersonville coach Matthew Rigsby said. “So we got here early today and I made (Astle) go through a 30-minute meditation session. Trent, he actually went through every batter in his head before the game started. He’s a really smart kid and his only problem is sometimes he overanalyzes himself.
“Today, he came out and was just calm. He knew exactly what he wanted to do to each hitter and it showed.”
Jeffersonville scored the game’s first run in the fourth inning with Astle on third base and two outs. Hayden Robb drew a walk and immediately — and deliberately — got caught in a rundown between first and second base that allowed Astle to come home.
The Red Devils padded their lead when sophomore shortstop Drew Ellis led off the home sixth by knocking a 2-0 pitch over the left-center wall.
“I swear... and you can call me crazy, but I knew he was going to do it when he got up,” Rigsby said. “One thing about Drew, you can see it before he goes to bat. You can see the fight in his eyes, because he wasn’t having a good day at the plate.”
Another run scored later in the inning when Marcus Gray stole third and came home on a Providence throwing error.
Jeffersonville (2-3) plays a double-header Saturday at Seymour. Providence (5-2) travels to Salem Wednesday.
• Dragons roll past Salem: Class 3A No. 3 Silver Creek built an 8-0 lead after four innings and cruised to a 9-1 victory at Salem.
The Dragons’ Brooks Howell, Jamie Valvano and Jacob Armstrong each went 2-for-3. Howell and Valvano each had three RBIs, while Armstrong smacked a solo home run in the sixth.
Armstrong made his first start as a pitcher since 2010 and got the victory. In 3 1/3 innings of work, the senior gave up no runs and two walks with five strikeouts.
Silver Creek relief pitcher Nick Arbogast threw the final 3 2/3 innings, yielding one run and one walk. He struck out three.
The Dragons (7-1, 2-0 Mid-Southern Conference) visit Mitchell today.
• New Washington pounds Clarksville: New Washington was able to get to Clarksville pitcher Amber Perez for five first-inning runs in a 7-2 home triumph on Monday.
“Tonight we had some good hit-and-runs,” New Wash coach Tim Sexton said. “and once we start running, we were hitting behind the runners and moving them around and scoring.”
The Mustangs had 12 hits in the contest, and four New Washington players had two hits apiece.
Coari Robertson was 2-for-3 with two stolen bases and two RBI.
“Coari was seeing the ball well,” Sexton said. “She was hitting the ball up the middle, and then when she got on base, she was running good.”
Lindsey Mudd was 2-for-3 with two RBI and a double, Kayla Sexton was 2-for-3 with an RBI and Kassie Doherty also had two knocks on the day.
Kayla Sexton also made a few fine defensive plays behind the plate for the Mustangs, nabbing two popped-up bunts for outs.
Whitney Morris went six innings and struck out seven, while Kaira Doherty got a 1-2-3 inning in the seventh.
New Washington (2-4) travels to Jeffersonville Wednesday, while Clarksville (4-2) travels to Corydon Central today.
• Pirates win at Silver Creek: Visiting Charlestown broke a 6-6 tie in the top of the sixth inning with a run and proceeded to win at Silver Creek, 7-6.
“I thought we played well overall, over than having a couple errors in the game,” Charlestown coach Kevin Zollman said. “We improved as a team. We played together and the girls did their jobs. If we asked them to sacrifice, they sacrificed, and if we asked them to steal, they did. All in all, we played very well.”
The Pirates’ Alli Webster was the winning pitcher, evening her record at 3-3.
Two Dragons hit home runs in the MSC matchup. Kira Jamros smacked a three-run shot in the second inning, followed by a solo homer by Tiphany Harper in third.
Silver Creek pitcher Shayla Cravens got the loss in a four-inning relief stint. She allowed one run (earned) and struck out three.
“We gave up too many runs with too many mistakes early in the game,” Dragons’ assistant coach Terry Purlee said.
Both teams have MSC games today. Charlestown (3-3, 1-1 MSC) visits North Harrison, while Silver Creek (4-2, 1-1) hosts Eastern.
• Providence outlasts Lanesville: Providence won a pitcher’s duel against Lanesville at home on Monday, 2-1.
The Pioneers struggled early on to hit Lanesville’s Emma Zeller, who was throwing in the 60s.
“It was an awesome game to watch,” Providence coach Sean Payne said. “Both pitchers were spot-on tonight. Hits were hard to come by for both teams. We finally cracked it open in the fourth inning with a base hit by Jordyn Stengle, and that kind of gave our girls some confidence.”
Providence’s Meredith Endris allowed just one earned run on two hits in the game, and also scored the Pioneers’ first run in the home sixth when Morgan Boone knocked her in from third. Boone scored the game-winning run when she stole second and third and came home on a wild pitch.
Providence (4-1) travels to Eastern on Wednesday.
• Henryville sneaks past Scottsburg: Despite being outhit 15-6, Henryville stole a 7-6 win from Scottsburg at home Monday.
Henryville coach Jenny Schroeder wasn’t happy, despite the win.
“We continually rely on the same three girls to carry us, these same senior girls that get all the RBIs and hits, and are continually on base and making defensive plays,” Schroeder said, “Sarah Richey catching, Natalie Basham pitching and Cheyenne (Mayfield) there at shortstop. Nobody else is stepping up. Nobody else is stepping up as far as hitting, either. We cannot continue to play like this and have success.”
Richey was 2-for-2 with two RBI, two runs scored and two walks.
Basham threw a complete game, striking out six. All six runs allowed were earned.
Henryville (5-1) hosts Southwestern on Wednesday.
• Pirates fall in narrow MSC match: Host Charlestown lost a close 3-2 match to MSC rival Scottsburg.
The Pirates’ two individual wins were in singles action. At No. 2 singles, the Pirates’ Sarah Embry upended Lauren Howser, 6-1, 6-2. At No. 3 singles, Charlestown senior Sarah Trotter downed Kaley McClain, 6-4, 6-3.
“Today was full of missed opportunities,” Pirates’ head coach Chris Ryan said. “We couldn’t hold onto leads in each match we lost, where we were in good positions to win a set or force the third set. When Embry and Trotter can both win their singles matches, we have to win these matches. We have Silver Creek and Clarksville in the next two days, so we have to improve quickly, and take advantages of chances to win games.”
Charlestown visits Silver Creek today.
• CAI downs Lanesville: Christian Academy of Indiana’s top two singles players led the host Warriors past Lanesville, 3-2.
At No. 1 singles, CAI’s Rachel Jones upended Jenna Bowman, 6-0, 6-1. The Warriors’ Courtney Heishman defeated Tara Chipman at No. 2 singles, 6-0, 6-0.
CAI’s lone doubles point came at the No. 2 spot. The Warrior tandem of Emily Mitchell and Tamar Kelly beat Caitlin Johnson and Kaitlyn Matthew, 6-1, 7-5.
CAI will travel to Borden next Monday.