After blowing a six-run lead in the seventh inning, Henryville rebounded with a run in the home eighth to down Crawford County in the opening round of the Class A Crawford County Sectional on Monday, 8-7.
With one out in what turned out to be the final inning, Sarah Richey tripled to set the table for Natalie Basham, who hit a ground ball in the hole between third and short. Richey beat the throw home on the fielder’s choice to give the Hornets the win.
Basham was the winning pitcher, going eight innings and striking out seven. Five of the six hits Henryville surrendered in the seventh inning were unearned, thanks to numerous miscues in the field.
“It was just the perfect storm,” Henryville coach Jenny Schroeder said. “We just fell apart and let them back in the game.”
Henryville (14-12) will face Paoli in the sectional semifinals today. Paoli defeated Clarksville in the other opening-round game, 8-2. No details of the game were available at press time.
CLASS A LANESVILLE SECTIONAL
• New Washington drubs South Central: Whitney Morris threw a one-hit shutout and got plenty of run support to power New Washington past South Central in the opening round of the Class A Lanesville Sectional on Monday, 9-0.
“All of her pitches were working tonight,” New Wash coach Tim Sexton said. “We made a couple of pretty good defensive plays.”
Morris struck out 11 Rebels to improve her pitching record to 4-5 on the season.
The Mustangs had plenty of pop in their bats, scoring six of their nine runs in the game’s first three innings.
“We were just seeing the ball and hitting the ball really well,” Sexton said.
Morris and Coari Robertson each tripled in the contest.
The Mustangs (16-7) will play in the championship game against Lanesville today.
“I know they’re going to be coming after us,” Sexton said. “They’re irritated that we already beat them once. Our girls are pumped and we look forward to playing them, so hopefully we can put together another game like we had tonight.”
• Borden falls to Lanesville: Borden attempted a late rally, but fell short in a 5-2 loss to Lanesville in the semifinals of the Class A Lanesville Sectional on Monday.
Borden gave up one run in the first and third innings, but a three-spot by the hosts in the home sixth put away the Braves. Borden trailed 5-0 heading into the final inning.
Lanesville will face New Washington today in the sectional finals.