By Nathan Hutchinson
Register Sports Editor
For the second-straight day, the Lady Indians got off to a rough start, mostly because of some shaky defense.
And for the second-straight day, they were able to bounce back and earn a come-from-behind victory.
Berea Community (2-4) scored four runs in the top of the first inning, but Madison Central scored two times in the first and four times in the second and went on to pick up an 11-5 win in Richmond.
The victory was the fifth-straight for Central (5-3).
Katie Brock had three hits, an RBI and scored twice, while Sarah Arthur had two hits and scored a run.
“Slow starts, we got to learn to overcome those,” Central coach Daniel Rogers said. “We’ve got lots of games to go (in the season). It’s not a big worry. They shook that off and started to hit the ball well.”
The Lady Indians committed nine errors Tuesday against Southwestern. Some defensive miscues allowed Berea to take an early lead on Wednesday.
Jennifer Ingram, Nikea Banther and Miranda Montgomery all had hits in the first inning, and Kayla DeBoard reached on an error, allowing another run to score.
In the bottom of the first, Kirstin Spillman walked and scored and Brock singled and scored.
Central took the lead in the second.
Katie Grant and Olivia Moon both singled and Arthur delivered an RBI single. Spillman walked to load the bases and Brock followed with an RBI single that tied the game.
Emily Frakes drew a bases-loaded walk to give Central the lead and Summer Fleeman pushed across another run with a fielder’s choice.
In the fifth, Fleeman walked and scored on a wild pitch. Arthur later added a two-run single to give Central a 9-4 lead.
In the sixth, Brock and Frakes both singled and later scored.
Berea got another run in the seventh. Ingram singled and scored on a hit by DeBoard.
Moon went the distance for Central in the circle, while Ingram pitched a complete-game for Berea.
Moon allowed 11 hits, but was able to work out of some jams.
“Olivia pitched a good game,” Rogers said. “It’s nice to know we have two pitchers we can put out there at any time.”
Ingram had two hits and scored twice. Banther had two hits and scored a run. DeBoard had three hits and reached on an error. Sydney Sandefur had two hits and scored a run and Hayley Penn had a single.
For Central, Spillman scored twice, Frakes had a single, walk and scored a run, Fleeman singled, walked, reached on an error and scored a run, Grant had two hits and scored a run and MacKenzie Humphrey had a single.
Central is set to return to action Saturday at Ballard.
Berea is set to return to action Friday at the 11th Region All “A” Classic in Lexington against Model.