North avenges Monday's loss to South
On Tuesday, the North Putnam girls' softball squad returned the favor against South Putnam, ousting the Eagles at home, 3-2.
North Putnam scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the third. South Putnam tallied one run in the top of the second and added one in the fifth.
South Putnam finished the contest with seven hits while the Cougars managed six.
Offensively for the Eagles, Megan Robinson had a double while Samantha Tomasino had a triple.
Brook Miller picked up the win for the Cougars while Tomasino was on the losing end.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 7-3 on the season while South Putnam dropped to 8-1.
North Putnam will take the field again on Thursday against Greencastle in a makeup game. South Putnam is set to face Tri-West Thursday as well.
At South Putnam
North Putnam 003 000 x -- 3 6 2
South Putnam 010 010 0 -- 2 7 2
WP -- Miller
LP -- Tomasino
2B -- Robinson (SP)
3B -- Tomasino (SP)
Next Games -- The Cougars (7-3) face Greencastle Thursday while the Eagles (8-1) face Tri-West.
At Clayton Tuesday, the Cloverdale softball squad dropped its second straight game to Cascade, losing 8-5.
"We gave up eight runs in the first two innings, but kept our composure and played well to the end," CHS coach Greg Crum said.
Jennifer Wiley picked up the loss for Cloverdale. In seven innings, she allowed seven hits and three walks while striking out two.
Offensively, Cloverdale banged out seven hits, with Hannah Monnett, Chelsea Haltom and Martika Byrd each getting two. Kristen Schroer also had a hit for the Clovers.
Cloverdale faces Owen Valley today at 4:30 p.m.
Cloverdale 104 000 0 -- 5 7 2
Cascade 350 000 x -- 8 7 2
WP -- Hueston
LP -- Wiley
Next Game -- The Clovers face Owen Valley today at 4:30 p.m.
GHS hangs with Speedway
Greencastle softball hung with one of the best class 2A teams in the state for six innings on Monday. Ultimately, four Speedway runs crossed the plate in the seventh, giving the Sparkplugs a 5-0 victory over the Tiger Cubs.
GHS coach Dave Keller called it a "great game."
"Greencastle played right with one of the top teams in the conference. I was happy to compete with Speedway. They are fundamentally sound at every position and (Kristi) Roth is an exceptional pitcher," Keller said.
The Tiger Cubs threatened in the first, with runners at second and third, but were unable to capitalize. Defense stayed solid througout the first six innings.
"I think any opposing coach would take a 1-0 game with Speedway going into the seventh inning, but we couldn't find an answer for Roth. We also had a couple of hits taken away by great defensive plays by Speedway," Keller said.
Roth pitched a complete game, allowing only two hits and striking out 11 Tiger Cubs. For Greencastle, Cassie Alspaugh tossed all seven innings, allowing five hits, three walks and striking out one.
Also worthy of note is that the Tiger Cubs were missing two of their regular starters to illness and injury. Keller had to make a last-minute substitution in centerfield.
"Brooke Lewis stepped in and did a nice job in centerfield as she was inserted into that position at game time. The whole team played like they had everything to gain and nothing to lose.
The GHS junior varsity fell to the Sparkplugs 23-3.
As of press time, no results were available for the Tiger Cubs' Tuesday rematch at Speedway.
The Tiger Cubs return to action Thursday when they travel to North Putnam for a 4:30 p.m. game.
Speedway 000 010 4 -- 5 2 1
Greencastle 000 000 0 -- 0 2 3
W -- Roth
L -- Alspaugh
Next game -- Greencastle travels to North Putnam at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
SPEEDWAY -- The Greencastle softball team came up short against the Speedway Sparkplugs, 6-4, Tuesday night on the road.
"Three walks in the first inning with a triple for Speedway was the big difference," coach Dave Keller said. "Speedway is ranked No. 3 in 2A with only one loss, I think we are competing every game. "
Greencastle held tough with Speedway most of the night, trailing by only one run going into the sixth inning. Speedway scored to open the gap to two runs and hold the Tiger Cubs off.
For Greencastle, Tabitha Wilson, Sarah Land and Samantha Sillery all had two hits each, while Dee Wood, Alspaugh, Kayla Nobles and Kylie Rowings each had a hit on the night.
On the mound, Nobles went seven strong innings, throwing for three strikeouts, five walks and four hits.
"We have 1 bad inning every game and until we can stop the bleeding for that inning it will be tough for us to get a win with the caliber of teams we play," Keller commented. "I think these two games were big confidence boosters for our team and it made them believe that they can play with anybody."
Greencastle will travel to take on Monrovia Monday at 4:30 p.m.
Greencastle 210 010 0 -- 4 10 3
Speedway 400 101 0 -- 6 4 3
WP -- Roth
LP -- Nobles
Next game -- Greencastle will travel to take on Monrovia Monday at 4:30 p.m.