Eagles fall to Cadets, beat RP in blowout

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Emma Griffith hauls in a fly ball against Cascade on Friday.

The South Putnam Eagles' softball team fell behind early against visiting Cascade on Friday night, and -- despite a late rally -- fell to the Cadets 10-4 in a cross-divisional Western Indiana Conference game.

The Cadets jumped on the scoreboard early on by putting up two runs in each of the first two innings, using six hits and a walk to score the four early runs.

"We got off to a slow start. We didn't hit some of the spots we wanted pitching-wise. We got the ball up a little," South coach Jamie Steffy said.

Makenzi Myers of South Putnam beats a throw to second base.

The Eagles settled into a better rhythm for the next three innings, holding Cascade scoreless.

Unfortunately, South couldn't muster much offense. Through the first five innings, the Eagles only managed two hits.

"I don't think we had very many strikeouts, but we just hit the ball right at them. If we get a few of those to drop it is a different ballgame. Give Cascade credit. They are good team, a real solid team," Steffy said.

The Cadets broke open a close game in the top of the sixth. Cascade scored six runs in the inning as they pounded out four hits and benefited from a couple of Eagle errors to take a 10-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth.

"We had played them pretty even during the third, fourth and fifth [innings]. Then it kind of got away from us," Steffy said.

Jaylen Hughbanks takes off for first after making contact against Cascade on Friday.

The Eagles wouldn't go away. South put up four runs in the bottom half of the inning behind doubles by Logan Hawkins and Grace Carr. Katie Hewitt, Helen Eaglin and Emma Griffith also had hits in the inning.

The Eagles had changed the momentum and had the top of their lineup coming up in the bottom of the seventh. A double by Mackenzi Myers led off the seventh, but the Eagles couldn't come up with another hit and fell to 9-8-1 on the season.

"I really liked how we got back into it. This is a resilient bunch. There is not any quit in them. We have said all along with our offense, we are never out of a game. A couple more key hits there late and it is different," Steffy said.

The Eagles were led offensively by Carr who had two hits including a double. Hawkins had a double and two RBI.

"This team will bounce back. The best thing about softball is you get to come back and play again. We get to play right away [today] at Owen Valley," Steffy said.

Cascade 220 006 0 -- 10 9 0

South Putnam 000 004 0 -- 4 8 2

WP Hudson. LP Jackman. 2B Carr (SP), Hawkins, (SP), Myers (SP). 3B Decker (C),

Next game -- South Putnam will play in the Owen Valley tourney today.


* South Putnam 13, Riverton Parke 3 -- South Putnam got three runs in the first and five in the second inning on Friday evening, coasting to a win over the Panthers.

Riverton Parke scored three times in the top of the third, but the Eagles answered with three more in the bottom of the inning.

Several players had great games at the plate for the Eagles, who ripped 16 hits. Kody Britton had three hits and two RBI, while Dylan Wood added a double, home run and an RBI while Grady McHugh added two hits (including a homer) and two RBI and Josh Stewart added two singles and two RBI.

McHugh scored three runs, while Wood, Stewart, Hall and Daniel Grundlock each crossed the plate twice.

Stewart and Jon Hodge combined for the pitching victory, allowing just four hits and three earned runs between them.

Riverton Parke 003 00 - 3 4 3

South Putnam 353 02 - 13 16 0

Stewart (WP). Anderson (LP). 2B - Wood. HR - Wood, McHugh

Next game -- South Putnam will host Owen Valley on Monday.

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