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March 31, 2014

H.S. ROUNDUP: Jeff softball splits at North Oldham

Pioneers get by Commodores, 4-3

> SOUTHERN INDIANA — Jeffersonville began the Chelsea Jordan Era by splitting a pair of games at North Oldham (Ky.) on Monday.

The Red Devils opened the season with a 5-3 loss to Limestone (Ill.) before beating the host Mustangs 6-4 for their first victory of 2014.

“I think it was a good first day,” said Jordan, who takes over for Jodi Bradley. “That was two good teams we went up against. We’re excited to get the ball rolling and get into the swing of playing games.”

Emma Coons was the star in the Devils’ win over North Oldham. She went 3 for 4 with a double, a triple, three runs knocked in and a run scored to help Jeff jump out to a 6-0 lead in the sixth inning. Sydney Fifer went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI in the victory.

In the opener, Jeff trailed Limestone 5-1 in the seventh before a Mary Pat Geary homer got the Devils to within 5-3.

Jeff junior Emily Gray got the decision in both outings.

NO. 8 PIONEERS RALLY PAST PERRY CENTRAL

Class 2A No. 8 Providence scored three times in the seventh and once in the eighth to overcome a 3-0 deficit and beat Perry Central 4-3 in Monday’s season opener.

After the Pioneers tied the game in the seventh, Jordyn Stengel bunted her way on to start the eighth. After stealing her third base of the day, Jacquie Hornung drove her home with the winning run.

“It was a great opener between two really, really good teams,” Providence coach Sean Payne said, “and I couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out.”

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the seventh, Stengel started the Providence rally with a double — the Pioneers’ first extra base hit of the day — to open the frame. Hornung followed with an RBI double then Riley Lovan followed with an RBI double to score Hornung. In her first start, freshman Sydney Milliner drove home Lovan with an RBI single to send the game into the extra inning.

“We really talk a lot about mental toughness in our program and the girls really showed it today,” Payne said.

Stengel went 3 for 4 in the victory. Hornung was 2 for 4. Lovan struck out five Commodores in six innings before Sierra Collett came in to get the victory.

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