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April 25, 2014

H.S. SOFTBALL: Lady Indians bounce back

RICHMOND — The Madison Central Lady Indians didn’t let a disappointing loss to Tates Creek Wednesday linger with them very long.

They picked right back up where they were before the loss, hitting the ball all over the park and playing stellar defense to defeat a very good South Laurel team — which had only two loses on the year — 5-2.

The game was a pitching duel through the first two innings between South ace Hagan Burns and MacKenzie Wilder as neither team could push a run across the plate.

Wilder got out of a jam in the first inning after the Lady Cardinals got three hits to load the bases by enticing a ground ball to first baseman Morgan Elliston to end the threat.

The Lady Indians finally found a little success against Burns in the third inning.

Kasi Schneid made Burns pay for back-to-back walks to Elliston and Sammi Walzcyk by lining a double to the center field fence to bring both runners home to put Central up 2-0.

Central added a two more runs in the forth inning. Walzcyk led-off with a single and moved to second on a sac fly by Schneid.

One out later, Mackenzie Murphy reached on an error, then Reagan Coyle brought pincher runner Audrey Wade in with a single to left.

Sarah Arthur beat out an infield single to bring home Murphy to put the Lady Indians up 4-0.

It remained that way until the sixth, when Central added an insurance run.

Murphy led-off the inning with a single. A sac bunt by Coyle and a fielder’s choice by Arthur advanced her to third. She came in to score on a sharp single to left by Vaughn to make it 5-0.

The Lady Cardinals finally got on the board in the seventh, getting two runs on a hit and a Central fielding error, but that’s as close as they could get.

Central coach Daniel Rogers said he was pleased with how hit team bounced back.

“We hit the ball well again tonight against a very good pitcher and we played good solid defense,” Rogers said. “We talked about not letting one game affect how we approached this one. That’s a good team that only had a couple of losses and I think we came in ready to play and they played well.”

Wilder did a masterful job of working out of jams to keep the Lady Cardinals off the board for the first five innings on her way to the win.

She scattered eight hits over the seven innings, while striking out three batters.

“MacKenzie pitched well. We are playing good defense behind her now and that makes a lot of difference,” Rogers said. “She is letting her defense work behind her and has confidence in them.”

Coyle and Arthur both collected a pair of hits and an RBI in the game. Schneid finished with a double and two RBI, while Walzcyk and Vaughn had a single and an RBI each, and Emily Frakes and Murphy each picked up a single.

The Lady Indians will be back in action Saturday when they travel to Rockcastle County for a 10 a.m. matchup with the Rockets.

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