By KEVIN HARRIS
NEW ALBANY —
The Henryville softball team scored one run in the top of the first inning and blanked host New Albany the rest of the way in a 1-0 victory at Prosser Field on Thursday.
The Hornets (3-1) plated their run when Cheyenne Mayfield came home after the Bulldogs (2-1) botched a rundown between third base and home plate.
Henryville pitcher Natalie Basham earned the victory. In a complete-game effort, Basham tossed a five-hit shutout as she surrendered two walks.
The Hornets collected only two hits, which were by Mayfield and Spencer Whitehouse.
“Anytime you can compete with New Albany, you are happy with that,” Henryville head coach Jenny Schroeder said. “Defensively, we were great today, but our hitting has got to come around. Our biggest issue is our hitting right now.”
Despite a solid outing on the mound, New Albany pitcher Hannah Morton got the loss. Morton went the distance, yielding two hits with 11 strikeouts and two walks.
The Hornets host New Washington today. The Bulldogs will travel to South Spencer on Saturday.
• Highlanders roll past East: Visiting Floyd Central scored eight runs in the top of the fourth and cruised to a 12-1 win at Columbus East.
Caroline Cato paced the Highlanders (8-0) at the plate, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs. Floyd Central’s Kallie Krammes went 3-for-5, while teammates Taylor Batliner, Samantha Feather and Morgan Harper each collected two hits.
Harper pitched a complete game to get the victory, upping her record to 3-0. Harper allowed three hits and one walk, while striking out four. The one run she yielded was unearned.
“We were thrilled to have gotten the timing down on their pitcher,” Highlanders’ head coach Joe Witten said. “Defensively, we made some nice plays and our pitcher threw strikes.”
Floyd Central will take on New Albany on Tuesday at Prosser Field.
• Generals fall to North Harrison: Leading 1-0 in the top of the fifth inning, host Clarksville surrendered four runs with two out and proceeded to lose to North Harrison, 5-1.
Generals’ starting pitcher Amber Perez got the loss. In a complete-game effort, Perez gave up no earned runs on five hits with seven walks and two strikeouts.
Clarksville (2-2, 0-1 Mid-Southern Conference) scored its lone run in the bottom of the third. After hitting a double down the right-field line, the Generals’ Ali Sparkman came home from third base on a Lady Cat error as Clarksville attempted a delayed steal of second.
“We wasted some opportunities today,” Generals’ head coach Tim Hauber said.
Class 2A No. 9 Clarksville will travel to Forest Park for a doubleheader on Saturday.
• Corydon downs Charlestown: Charlestown lost in its MSC opener at Corydon, 7-2.
Pirates’ starting pitcher Alli Webster went the distance in picking up the loss. Webster surrendered two earned runs on six hits with 10 strikeouts and four walks. At the plate, she had two singles.
Charlestown committed five errors, which disappointed head coach Kevin Zollman.
“Our youth showed up today,” Zollman said. “We’ve had only one or two errors a game this season, but five really hurts.”
The Pirates (1-2) will face North Harrison in the semifinals of the Providence Invitational on Saturday.
• Borden goes over .500: Host Borden pushed its record over the .500 mark with a 13-3 victory over Shawe Memorial in five innings.
Braves’ starter Shelbie Farvour got the victory, as she went the distance. Farvour allowed two hits and three walks, while striking out six.
For Borden (2-1), Kristen Nestor went 2-for-4 and Cassie Roberts had two RBIs.
Borden will host West Washington on Tuesday.
• Braves collect first win: On Wednesday, visiting Borden got its first victory of the season with a 13-7 win at Austin. Farvour was the winning pitcher.
“We started off rocky, but pulled it together at the end,” Braves’ head coach Alex Spainhour said. “We were able to score runs when we needed to, and the girls never gave up or got down on themselves when situations got rough.”
• Dragons oust Generals: Class 3A No. 5 Silver Creek started its MSC slate on a high note on Thursday, defeating visiting Clarksville 4-1.
The Dragons broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth, as they scored four runs thanks to five hits.
Jared Vest led the Silver Creek bats with two hits.
Teammate Lucas Barnett was the winning pitcher in a starting role. Barnett pitched all seven innings, yielding one earned run on five hits with 11 strikeouts and one walk. Clarksville’s Drew Kissel was the losing pitcher.
The Dragons (5-1) travels to Southwestern today. The Generals will host Borden in a doubleheader on Saturday.
• Pirates beats Shawe in five: Starting pitcher Tregg Scherer tossed a one-hit shutout to lead Charlestown past host Shawe Memorial in Madison, 10-0. The game was a make-up contest after it was rained out on Wednesday.
Schrerer, a senior right-hander, struck out 11 and walked two. Pirate junior Tyler Willinger went 2-for-2 with a triple and two RBIs.
“It all started with Tregg. He had command of all of his pitches today,” Charlestown head coach Ricky Romans said.
The Pirates (3-2) will visit New Washington for a doubleheader on Saturday.
• Devils down Generals at Wooded View: Jeffersonville had three players shoot in the 40s to defeat host Clarksville in a dual meet at Wooded View Golf Course, 186-211.
Jordan Lacy paced the Red Devils with a 40. Teammate Dalton Naiser fired a 44, followed by Jeff senior Zack Lovan with a 48. Also for the Red Devils, Dillion Willis shot a 54 and Andrew Baldwin had a 55.
Clarksville junior Nick Cappola earned medalist honors with a 39. Rounding out the scoring for the Generals were Nolan Fisher with a 52, Nick Murrell with a 57 and Christian Meyer with a 63. Teammate Brent Potter carded a 66.
The Red Devils will play in the Floyd Central Invitational on Saturday at Valley View Golf Club in Floyds Knobs. Clarksville will travel to Old Capitol Golf Club in Corydon next Thursday for a quadrangular meet with the host Panthers, Salem and Silver Creek.
• Henryville prevails in season opener: In its season opener at Champions Pointe Golf Club in Memphis, Henryville fired a team score of 198 to finish first in a triangular meet against Crothersville and Christian Academy of Indiana. The Tigers placed second with a 224, while the Warriors were third with a 232 on the front nine at Champions.
Hornet senior Evan Embry earned medalist honors with a 40. Teammates Cody Gray and Mitchell Fields each shot 47 and 49, respectively. Also for Henryville, Cameron Furnish had a 62 and Bailey Reister carded a 66.
Hornets’ head coach Robin Embry says his players were glad to play a match for the first time since the March 2 tornadoes hit Henryville.
“Honestly, we were excited to be back out on the course, representing Henryville,” Coach Embry said. “It was a pretty good start. We played in some tough conditions on the first five holes, as it was windy and cool. Overall, I thought the kids played pretty well.”
Jason Arrell led CAI with a 45. Rounding out the scoring for the Warriors were Chris Kidd with a 53, Travis Jones with a 66 and Joe Melton with a 68. Teammate Luke Curry posted a 70.
Henryville will host Charlestown and Borden at Champions next Wednesday. CAI will face New Washington at Spring Hills Golf Course in Hanover next Thursday.
• Mustangs claim season opener: Visiting New Washington won two out of three singles matches and swept the doubles spots to prevail at Lanesville, 4-1. It was both the season opener and the Southern Athletic Conference opener for the Mustangs.
At No. 1 singles, New Washington’s Courtney Amick defeated Jenna Bowman, 6-3, 6-1. The Mustangs’ Tiffanie Brison won at two singles over Tara Chipman, 6-3, 6-2.
New Washington’s No. 1 doubles team of Alex Seals and Ashley Johnson defeated Kendra Smith and Madison Cunningham, 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. At No. 2 doubles, the Mustangs’ Amanda Kemp and Christen Walker prevailed 6-4, 6-3.
“It’s great to start out with a conference road win, and really I was pleased with how every spot played today,” New Washington head coach Wayne Davis said. “Alex and Ashley displayed a lot of leadership in how they came back from a first-set loss. Melanie also played well in her first-ever varsity match, and I think she will only get better.”
The Mustangs will entertain Borden on Monday.
• Red Devils lost to No. 10 Jasper: Host Jeffersonville suffered a 4-1 home loss to 10th-ranked Jasper.
Junior Morgan Reilly collected the Red Devils’ lone point. Reilly needed three sets to beat the Wildcats’ Abby Rogers at No. 1 singles, 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
“Overall, playing a team like this is excellent,” Jeff head coach Mark Reilly said. “It shows our girls what they need to work on, and hopefully we can make some gains in our game going forward.”
The Red Devils will host Providence on Monday.
• Pirates fall to North Harrison: Host Charlestown lost a tight MSC match with North Harrison, 3-2.
Sabine Higazy was the Pirates’ only singles winner. She needed three sets to win her No. 1 singles match against the Lady Cats’ Maddie Janes, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5.
At No. 2 doubles, the Charlestown tandem of Bailey Masingo and Haylie Trinkle defeated Sierra Bliss and Kaylee Nordhoff, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3.
“We played five competitive spots today, but were not able to find the third team point,” Pirates’ head coach Chris Ryan said. “Sabine played very well in the third set, battling back after losing the second set. This is the type of match that will help us in a similar situation later in the season.”
Charlestown will host Scottsburg on Monday.