NEWS AND TRIBUNE
> SOUTHERN INDIANA —
In a split doubleheader in Bloomington, top-ranked Floyd Central went 1-1 and Class 4A No. 8 Jeffersonville dropped two one-run decisions against Bloomington North and Bloomington South on Saturday.
The Highlanders held a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth in their opener against No. 7 North before the Cougars scored six times in the fifth and twice in the seventh. The loss was the second of the season for Floyd and Kyle Sipes (8-2). Jacob Snodgrass hit a double for the Highlanders’ only extra-base hit.
Meanwhile, Bloomington South needed 12 innings to beat Jeffersonville 7-6. Jeff led 6-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh before the Panthers scored three times to send the game into extra innings. After five and a half scoreless innings, South scored the game-winning run in the 12th. Jeff had 16 hits, including a Nick Gallagher double.
In the second round, Kyle Beach improved to 7-0 by beating South 1-0. At North, Jeff couldn’t hold on to a lead for the second straight game. The Devils, who had just two hits, led 2-0 in the middle of the fifth before the Panthers scored three times in their half of the fifth to take the lead for good.
Trent Astle hit a double and Gallagher hit a solo home run in the loss.
The 1-0 win was the Highlanders’ regular-season finale. They will face New Albany for the third time this season in the opening round of the Bedford North Lawrence Sectional on Thursday. Floyd is 2-0 against their rivals.
Jeff hosts a Scottsburg and goes to Silver Creek in a split doubleheader Monday. The Devils have beaten the Warriors 14 straight times. Creek beat the Devils 3-2 last week. The game was a late addition to help make up for rainouts this season. It will be the first time since 1997 that the Devils and Dragons have met twice in a season.
• Pirates can’t hang on: The host Pirates led Brown County 3-0 heading into the last inning of the Charlestown Invitational championship game, but the Eagles scored five times in the seventh to sneak away with the trophy.
Alli Webster had an RBI double in the third inning and a two-run homer in the fifth to give the Pirates a 3-0 lead. However, Brown County, who only had two hits through six innings, got five hits in the fifth off of Webster for the win.
“I thought we played pretty good,” Charlestown coach Kevin Zollman said. “We got the jump on them, but we’ve got to hit the ball better.”
In the first round, Charlestown blasted Crothersville 8-1. The Pirates had five hits by five different players and Carly Price improved to 3-0 in the pitching circle.
The Pirates will face the host Lions or Scottsburg in Wednesday’s first Salem Sectional semifinal.
• Jasper edges Clarksville: Clarksville pitcher Bailey Sharp was nearly perfect through seven innings but Jasper found a way to beat her 3-1 in seven innings.
The Wildcats’ only run in the first seven innings was unearned. She had two perfect innings and only faced four Jasper batters in four others.
“I thought she was pretty strong through seven innings,” Clarksville coach Tim Hauber said.
After the Generals tied the game in the bottom of the seventh to send the game into extra innings, Sharp walked three Wildcats and gave up a pair of singles.
Clarksville faces Paoli in Monday’s Eastern Sectional opening round.