> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
The Jeffersonville softball team continued its winning ways in the month of May, beating Madison 9-4 in the first round of the Hoosier Hills Conference tournament on Monday night.
The Red Devils (8-11) advanced to meet Jennings County in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Wednesday at home. Jeff fell to Jennings County 10-0 earlier in the season.
But this month has been a new era for the Red Devils, who have won six straight games in May.
“We decided after the month of April that we were going to forget it and treat May as a completely new month and a completely new season,” said Jeff coach Chelsea Jordan. “Hopefully, we can continue this into the sectionals.”
Madison delivered two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Red Devils immediately answered back with three runs of their own, highlighted by a two-run home run from Courtney Shepherd and a double from Jocelyn Pincher.
The Cubs briefly tied things in the top of the third inning, but Jeff ran off four runs in the bottom of the frame to take control for good.
Emily Gray was the winning pitcher, giving up eight hits, but striking out 12. She was helped by 13 Red Devil hits, as Emma Kantz and Demetria Towns also delivered doubles for Jeff.
“We’re a different team now,” said Jordan. “And we feel really good going forward.”
JEFFERSONVILLE 9, MADISON 4
Madison 201 010 0—4 8 1
Jeffersonville 304 002 x—9 13 1
WP — Gray. LP — Fox. 2B — Pincher (J), Kantz (J), Towns (J). HR — Shepherd (J).
Records — Jeff 8-11.
BULLDOGS LOSE TOUGH ONE TO BNL
Bedford North Lawrence scored three times in the bottom of the seventh to beat New Albany 4-3 and advance to the semifinals of the HHC tournament.
Despite stranding 10 runners, the Bulldogs led 3-1 going into the final frame before the Stars scored their final two runs with two outs.
“It was a really good game,” New Albany coach Steve Belden said. “[BNL] got timely hits in the seventh. It didn’t help that we left 10 runners on base.”
Hannah Morton was the hard-luck loser in the pitcher’s circle. However, she was 3-for-4 at the plate. Whitney Adkins was 2-for-4 and Danielle Williamson had a pinch-hit RBI single.
New Albany will face either Seymour or Floyd Central — on the road against either team — in Wednesday’s consolation bracket.
BEDFORD NORTH LAWRENCE 4, NEW ALBANY 3
New Albany 011 000 1—3 11 0
Bedford NL 100 000 3—4 10 1
L — Hannah Morton (7-2).
Records — New Albany 12-3.
New Albany’s first-round game at Jennings County was postponed due to weather. It has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. today.