South Putnam softball wins Mountie Invite; North Putnam walks off twice against Covington

Monday, April 8, 2024

NEW MARKET — After a heart-breaking walk-off loss to Lebanon on Friday night, South Putnam softball turned around to travel to Southmont on Saturday to compete in the inaugural Lady Mountie Invite.

The tournament was a round-robin style that, along with the Eagles and host Mounties, featured the Seeger Patriots.

South Putnam ended the day walking away with the championship trophy after a defeating Seeger 16-1 in game one and holding off a late Southmont rally in game two to win 10-7.

In the final game of the day against the Mounties, the Eagles got things started right away.

Brayin Boruff doubled to begin the game and Danae Cline followed suit and two batters in, the Eagles led 1-0.

A Mountie error allowed a second run to score in the first frame and South Putnam scored single runs in the second and third to lead 4-1 after three innings.

Southmont did get things going in the fourth and was able to even the score at 4-4 thanks to a three-run frame, but in the fifth is where the Eagles were able to break things open.

Four singles gave the Eagles a 6-4 lead and Boruff, with the bases loaded, cleared them with a three-run triple. Cline once again followed suit with a triple of her own as the Eagles scored six runs in the fifth to lead 10-4.

Southmont didn’t go down without a fight as a handful of walks coupled with two singles by the Mounties made things interesting at 10-7 and, with runners at second and third with two outs, Southmont’s Mallory Mason then laced a ball to deep right field but Ariel Dooley took a perfect path to the ball and lunged out to make a great catch to secure the final out.

“The nice thing about this team is that we don’t look at the girls as freshman through seniors, we just look at each of them as ballplayers and they ‘re all pretty good,” Eagles coach Kenny Wells said of his team. “They’re all ready to win and we keep fighting in every game that we’re in and figuring things out as we go. We played a very good Lebanon team and took them to eight innings, then coming back here today and playing two more games isn’t easy, but these girls were ready.”

The Eagles pounded out 14 hits in the championship win. Boruff highlighted the performances for the Eagles atop the lineup going 4-5 with four RBIs. Carlie Thompson went 3-of-4 with two RBIs, Cline 2-of-4 with two RBIs while Emelia Wells, and Lilah Holderfield each finished with two hits.

It’s a lineup for the Eagles that saw their number seven hitter in Pennington finish with three hits. Coach Wells noted how deep and talented his overall lineup is and how it makes it difficult for opposing pitchers as there’s not really any weak spots in one through nine.

“You can’t really work around any one of our girls because the next one is more than capable of stepping up and beating you,” he said. “I also thought our pitchers did a tremendous job against a tough lineup that Southmont has. Jaicee Jackson, this was her first time giving us innings this season and she held her own. Carlie Thompson was able to give us five strong innings and in a tournament like this, you don’t really know how many pitchers your going to need. I didn’t know exactly what I was going to have but they came in and pitched well.”

Thompson picked up the win for the Eagles as in her five innings of work, gave up six hits, four runs but just two earned. She walked a pair and struck out two. Jackson in her two innings gave up three hits and three earned runs while walking four.

The Eagles improve to 3-2 on the season along with bringing home some hardware. They’ll be back in action on Thursday at home when they host Cloverdale.

South Putnam 211 060 0 — 10 14 4

Southmont 100 301 2 — 7 9 1

Hits: South Putnam (Braylin Boruff 4, Carlie Thompson 3, Danae Cline 2, Emelia Wells 2, Lilah Holderfield 2, Aly Pennington); SM (Anna Stokes 3, Jenna Grino 2, Mallory Mason, Kyndale Rice, Kenzie Douglas, Adrianna Thornburg)

2B: SP (Boruff, Cline); SM (Stokes, Grino)

3B: SP (Boruff, Cline)

RBI: SP (Boruff 4, Thompson 2, Cline 2, Holderfield); SM (Grino 4, Rice, Thornburg)

Runs: SP (Boruff 2, Wells 2, Williams 2, Cline, Burge, Carpenter, Holderfield); SM (Stokes 2, Grino 2, Dinius, Wood, Douglas)

Pitching: SP (Carlie Thompson WP 5IP 6H 4R 2ER 2BB 2K, Jaicee Jackson 2IP 3H 3R 3ER 4BB 0K); SM (Sammie Crosby LP 4.1IP 11H 8R 7ER 0BB 2K, Haley Scott .1IP 2H 2R 2ER 1BB 0K, Kyndale Rice 2.1IP 1H 0R 0ER 1BB 0K)

Greencastle 18, Crawfordsville 0 (5)

Ali Hassler struck out 13 batters and only allowed two hits as the Tiger Cubs picked up their first win of the year with an offensive explosion in the latter three innings.

Lilly Franklin got the first run in with a single in the first while Allie Beaman doubled home a run in the second inning.

Scoring picked up in the third, beginning with bases-loaded single from Sarah Simmerman and Haley Owens and a walk to Makenzie Creviston to make it 5-0.

A Beaman single plated two, Haley Iseman hit a sac fly to plate the sixth run, an error off the bat of Emma West made it seven and a double from Franklin finished the scoring as Greencastle led 10-0.

Kyler Rumley started the scoring in the fourth with a single followed by a Beaman sac fly.

A string of doubles from Iseman, West and Franklin each plated a run to make it 15-0 after four with West bringing in two more runs in the fifth while an error allowed a final run to score.

McCutcheon 14, North Putnam 1 (5)

North Putnam 11, Clinton Prairie 7

At McCutcheon, the Cougars gave up nine runs in the second and fell by run-rule to the host Mavericks in the first of two games Saturday.

Hailee Daigle scored the sole North Putnam run after being walked to start the game, taking two bases before scoring on a passed ball.

Camryn Riggle took the loss, pitching 1 2/3 innings, allowing 11 runs, 10 earned, on nine hits and two walks, striking out two.

In the following game, the Cougars scored four runs in the third to turn a 5-2 deficit into a 6-5 lead and added three more runs in the fourth to defeat the Gophers, picking up their first win of the year.

A single by Lexi Daigle and walk to Camryn Riggle set up an RBI single for Callie Riggle while Camryn Riggle took home on a double steal attempt for a 2-1 lead.

Clinton Prairie tied the game in the second and scored three runs in the third but couldn’t hold the lead into the next inning.

Morgan Mullis-Berry drew a walk to open the inning, scoring on a Hailee Daigle bunt and series of errors by the Gopher defense.

Camryn Riggle singled home Daigle while the Mason sisters plated two more runs to make it 6-5.

Three more runs in the fourth pushed the lead to 9-5 after Camryn Riggle singled home one run and Callie Riggle singled in two more.

North Putnam gave up two runs in the fifth but scored two more in the sixth to secure the win.


North Putnam 7, Covington 6 (8)

North Putnam 3, Covington 2

The Cougars picked up a pair of wins over the Trojans in a doubleheader on Saturday, winning both games in walk-off fashion.

In game one, Covington led for four and a half innings before North Putnam scored twice in the bottom of the fifth and matched the visitors with two runs in the sixth.

Brayden Chew provided the game-winning single to secure the win.

The Trojans started with runs in first and second inning before the Cougars pulled a run back in the third after bases-loaded walk to Alec McKenzie forced in Kaden Helderman.

Covington scored in the fourth but Helderman answered with a sac fly in the bottom of the inning.

The visitors pushed another run across in the fifth before McKenzie doubled home a run and scored on a Braxton Woodall sac fly.

Jaylen Windmiller doubled home a run in the sixth with Corbin Conner scoring on a wild pitch to tie the game at 6-6.

A scoreless seventh sent the game to extras where Woodall was hit by a pitch with one out and, following a steal of second by Griffin Starr, Chew hit a single to center field that plated the winning run.

Windmiller picked up the win after two innings of work, striking out five.

Covington again jumped out to an early lead but the game would be tied after three innings and would remain so until the seventh.

Windmiller plated a run with a sac fly in the third inning while Chase Barber scored on an error off the bat of Woodall.

Barber, who would end up with the win, pitched two innings in relief of Helderman to keep the game tied at 2-2 where a two-out rally won the game for the hosts.

Singles from Windmiller and McKenzie were followed by Woodall being hit by a pitch to load the bases for Chew, who drew a walk to force in the winning run.

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  • Interesting to see the Cougars lay "L's" on two former NP administrators at Clinton Prairie & Covington....

    -- Posted by infiremanemt on Fri, Apr 12, 2024, at 10:39 AM
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