By MATT KOESTERS and KEVIN HARRIS
FLOYDS KNOBS —
The Floyd Central softball team upped its record to 2-0 on Thursday with a 7-0 home victory over Charlestown.
In her first varsity start of her high school career, sophomore Caroline Cato pitched a three-hit, complete-game shutout to get the victory for the Highlanders. Cato struck out 12 Pirates and walked none.
Floyd Central’s Kate Kaiser and Morgan Harper each went 2-for-2. Kaiser had two RBIs, a triple and a run scored, while Harper scored twice.
“The team played well within themselves,” Highlanders’ head coach Joe Witten said. “We put the pressure on Charlestown. When your pitcher doesn’t walk anybody, you have a good chance to win.”
Alyssa Price led the Charlestown bats, going 2-for-3 with a double.
Pirates’ pitcher Alli Webster went the distance as she picked up the loss in Charlestown’s season opener. Webster gave up seven runs (four earned) on four hits, walking six and striking out five.
Floyd Central will play in the Bedford North Lawrence Tournament starting today. The Highlanders face Edgewood in their first pool-play game today. On Saturday, they will face Eastern Greene in their second pool game, followed by a game in either the championship or consolation bracket.
Charlestown will visit West Washington on Wednesday.
• Jeffersonville turns back Lanesville: Jeffersonville scored two runs in the first, another in the second and held on for a 3-1 home victory over Lanesville on Wednesday.
“For our first game, it was nice to get a win under our belt,” Jeffersonville coach Jodi Bradley said. “We did a lot of things right, but there are still some things we need to improve on.”
Kayla Poppe got the win for Jeffersonville, going two innings, striking out four and giving up just one unearned run. Teammate Kayleigh Thomas struck out three in two innings of relief, while the Red Devils’ Emily Gray went three innings and struck out six.
Offensively, Marley Edwards led the Jeffersonville effort with a 2-for-4 day at the plate that included a double and a run scored. Also for the Red Devils, Emma Coons swatted another double and scored another run, while Tori Flaten was 2-for-3 with another two-bagger.
Jeffersonville hosts Tri-County (Mich.) at 5 p.m. today.
• Silver Creek downs Henryville: On Wednesday, Silver Creek opened the season with an 11-2 victory over Henryville. It also was the Hornets’ season opener.
“Overall, our kids played well,” interim Silver Creek coach Ritchie Ware said. “We played solid defense and felt the kids played to win.”
Class 3A No. 5 Silver Creek buried the Hornets with two runs in the first, two more in the second and four in the third to secure a comfortable early lead.
Lucas Barnett got the win on the mound for the Dragons.
It was a special night for both teams. Silver Creek presented the Henryville squad with $1,252, while the Bloomington South club was present at the game and added another $600 to aid in tornado relief.
“Our kids are learning some great lessons through all the adversity around our program and our communities,” Ware said.
Silver Creek head coach Joe Decker and his wife, Stephanie, were also present at the game. Decker is on leave from the baseball program on a full-time basis after Stephanie lost her legs when the Deckers’ home collapsed during the March 2 tornadoes. Stephanie Decker was pinned under debris while sheltering her children from harm during the storms.
“Our kids were excited that Stephanie was at the game, and our team had Deck in the third-base coaching box,” Ware said. “It was awesome to see the standing ovation for Stephanie.”
Silver Creek hosts its invitational tournament today and Saturday.