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May 11, 2012

HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Pirates clinch first MSC crown since ‘98

Price goes 4-for-4 with a homer to lead C’town past Eastern, 6-2

PEKIN — For the first time in 14 years, the Charlestown Pirates are Mid-Southern Conference champions.

Alyssa Price went 4-for-4 to lead the Pirates’ softball team to a 6-2 victory at Eastern on Thursday to secure Charlestown’s first conference crown since 1998.

“It’s a great accomplishment for a team that I thought would go .500 this year,” Charlestown head coach Kevin Zollman said. “They’ve done over and above what I thought they would do.”

Price’s biggest blast was a leadoff solo home run in the fourth inning. Teammate Gracynn Jennings went 2-for-4.

Charlestown starting pitcher Alli Webster pitched a complete game, allowing three hits. She gave up no earned runs, walked four and struck out 12.

“She did well,” Zollman said. “The strike zone got a little tight, but I thought she did well. Anytime you strike out 12, you’ve done a good job.”

Zollman thought the key turning point in the game was the top of the third inning. With the bases loaded and two out, Charlestown’s Morgan Ashby cleared the bases with a three-run double to left-center field to put the Pirates (17-3, 8-1 MSC) up 4-2.

Charlestown extended its winning streak to 16 games. The Pirates host Crawford County today.

• Hornets clinch share of SAC: Host Henryville clinched a share of the Southern Athletic Conference title with an 8-5 victory over South Central.

Erin Harrison paced the Hornet bats, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored. Also for Henryville (11-10, 4-1 SAC), Sarah Richey went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and two RBIs and Sydney Hollingsworth was 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

The Hornets’ Natalie Basham got the victory on the mound. In a complete-game effort, she gave up three earned runs on five hits with five walks and five strikeouts.

“We’ve had a really up-and-down year, so it’s good to have something to celebrate,” Henryville head coach Jenny Schroeder said.

The Hornets will play in the Silver Creek Tournament on Saturday.

• Bulldogs defeat Lanesville: Freshman pitcher Hannah Morton gave up only four hits in New Albany’s 6-2 home win over Lanesville.

Morton pitched all seven innings, giving up two earned runs and four walks. She struck out two.

The Bulldogs’ Brittany Jones and Jamie Whitten each went 2-for-3. New Albany will travel to Jennings County at 6 tonight in the third-place game of the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.

• Mustangs cruise past Crothersville: Coari Robertson and Kayla Sexton each went 3-for-3 to lead host New Washington past Crothersville in five innings, 16-2.

Sexton had three RBIs, while Robertson drove in two runs and had three doubles. Also for the Mustangs (11-7), Lindsey Mudd went 2-for-2 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs, while Ashley Johnson was 2-for-3 with four RBIs and an inside-the-park homer.

New Washington starter Whitney Morris was the winning pitcher. She pitched a perfect three innings, striking out all nine batters she faced.

“Whitney Morris pitched excellent,” Mustangs’ head coach Tim Sexton said. “Our batters are seeing the ball and hitting the ball good.”

New Washington will visit Switzerland County on Saturday in a doubleheader.

• Generals defeat Scottsburg: Host Clarksville celebrated its Senior Night with a 9-1 victory over Scottsburg.

The Generals’ Caitlyn Hall and Kayla Wallace each went 2-for-3. Hall had two RBIs. Teammate Lex Medlock went 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Clarksville pitcher Hannah Heintzman was the winning pitcher, allowing one hit and two walks. She struck out five. Teammate Ali Sparkman made seven assists in the field.

The Generals will compete in the Silver Creek Tournament on Saturday.

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