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May 6, 2012

H.S. ROUNDUP: Red Devils up winning streak to seven with victories over Harrison, North

Class 4A No. 5 New Albany improves to 19-2

JEFFERSONVILLE — The Jeffersonville softball team extended its winning streak to seven games on Saturday at Jeff High Field by winning both ends of a split doubleheader.

The Red Devils (16-4) defeated Evansville Harrison in the first game, 4-2. Three Jeff players went 2-for-3 in Lakin Roland, Maddie Powell and Marley Edwards.

Kayleigh Thomas was the winning pitcher in a relief role. In three innings of work, Thomas allowed no runs on one hit with two strikeouts and no walks.

The Red Devils snapped a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth inning with two runs. Roland scored from third base on an error, and Edwards came home on a sacrifice fly by Tori Flaten.

Jeff defeated Evansville North in the second contest, 6-1. Like in their game versus Harrison, the Red Devils had three players with 2-for-3 efforts. They were Roland, Courtney Shepherd and Emma Coons.

Jeff’s Kayla Poppe got the victory on the mound, improving her record to 9-2. In a starting role, she lasted three innings, yielding one run (earned) on two hits with two strikeouts and one walk.

“The girls came out and really played well today,” Red Devils’ head coach Jodi Bradley said. “That’s good going into our (Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament) game with Jennings County on Monday.”

Jeff will travel to North Vernon for its first-round game with the Class 4A No. 10 Panthers at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

• Bulldogs take two in split twinbill: New Albany also swept a split doubleheader against Evansville North and Evansville Harrison at Prosser Field. The Bulldogs defeated North in the first game, 7-5. They needed only six innings in the nightcap to down Harrison, 10-0.

With the score tied at five against North, New Albany (13-8) scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth on back-to-back RBI singles by McKenzie Gill and Hannah Morton to go up by two runs.

Rudy paced the Bulldogs’ offense, going 3-for-3 with an RBI. Teammate Mady Baumann went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs. Morton and New Albany’s Abby Litkenhous and Meg Biggs each went 2-for-3. Biggs had an RBI.

Gill was the winning pitcher in relief. She threw the final 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run (unearned) on five hits. Gill had four strikeouts and no walks.

Versus Harrison, Brittany Jones was 3-for-4 with an RBI, while Morton and teammate Jamie Whitten each went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Baumann also was 2-for-4.

Gill picked up her second victory of the day by tossing a four-hit shutout. She fanned two and walked none.

The Bulldogs will visit Columbus East for their first-round game of the HHC Tournament at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

• Dragons finish third in Plainfield Invitational: After losing to host Plainfield 4-0 in the semifinals, Silver Creek rebounded to defeat Greenfield-Central in the consolation game of the Plainfield Invitational, 4-0.

Dragon starting pitcher McKenzie Bush got the victory to stay undefeated at 4-0. Bush pitched all seven innings in her six-hit shutout, striking out five and walking one.

Sydney Ledwedge led the Silver Creek bats, going 2-for-3 with a triple.

Against Plainfield, the Dragons managed only Brooke Barnett single. Silver Creek pitcher Shayla Cravens went the distance, yielding four earned runs on eight hits. Cravens fanned three and issues two bases on balls.

“It was a good day for us,” Dragons’ assistant coach Terry Purlee said. “There is good quality softball in the Indianapolis area, and we’re happy with the way the kids performed.”

Silver Creek (14-6) will host Brownstown at 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

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