By Aaron Kirchoff Rushville Republican
---- — The Lady Lions softball team got to play on their home field for the first time since the first game of the year and they made the most of it. Rushville had 10 hits en route to the 10-0 victory over Knightstown.
Nicole Hoeing got the win in the circle for the Lady Lions – allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out two. The Lady Lion defense back Hoeing up with no errors in the contest.
Rushville took the 4-0 lead in the bottom of the third. Kiley Cook’s infield single got things started. Cook stole second and went to third on a passed ball. With one out, Brooke Niehoff’s single up the middle plated Cook. Shelbie Brown was hit by a pitch. Both runners moved up a base on a fielder’s choice. Kylie Martindale drove in two runs with a single up the middle and she eventually scored as Shelby Woods reached on an error.
Rushville added a run in the fourth. Cook reached on an error and stole second base. With Cook at third with two outs, Brown doubled to score Cook and put the Lady Lions up 5-0.
The Lady Lions ended the game in the bottom of the fifth with five runs on four hits. Martindale singled, went to second on a passed ball and third on a wild pitch. Woods drove in Martindale with a ground out. Hoeing followed with a single. McKenzie Woolston was inserted as the courtesy runner for Hoeing and went to second on a wild pitch. Pinch hitter Morgan Edwards reached on an error by the catcher with Woolston taking third and eventually scoring on a wild pitch. Cook walked and two runs scored on a single by Doyle. Niehoff was hit by a pitch and with two outs, Riley Lanham walked to load the bases. Martindale’s single to right ended the game.
In the junior varsity game, Emily Herbert started in the circle and pitch three scoreless innings. Loggan Hewitt gave up just one run in four innings in the circle.
The Lady Lions had five hits en route to the 6-1 victory. Audrey Land singled and scored two runs. Kaitlin Chandler singled and scored a run. Woolston doubled. Kayla Aldridge singled and Maddie Whittaker singled. Also scoring for the Lady Lions were Lilly Cramer (two) and Hewitt.
Pirates knock off Lady Lions
GREENSBURG – The Lady Lion softball team dropped its fifth straight game Monday as Greensburg handed the Lady Lions an 11-2 loss.
Through the first three innings, the Lady Lions managed only a single by Brooke Niehoff and a reached on an error by Gabby Doyle.
Greensburg took the lead 2-0 in the bottom of the third. Asche singled and scored on the triple by Schmidt. Biltz singled in Schmidt for the early lead.
The Lady Lions came back with two runs in the top of the fourth. Riley Lanham doubled down the left field line with one out. Lilly Cramer was the courtesy runner for Lanham. Following a Kylie Martindale infield single, Shelby Woods singled in Cramer. Nicole Hoeing’s single scored Martindale to knot the game at 2-2. With two outs, Doyle reached on another error.
The Lady Lions left the bases loaded.
Greensburg broke the game open in the fifth with six runs on three hits. The Lady Pirates added three more runs in the sixth inning.
Hoeing and Doyle combined to pitch the six innings for the Lady Lions.
Offensively, Niehoff, Hoeing and Lanham all had two hits. Martindale, Woods and Morgan Edwards all added singles for the Lady Lions.
In the junior varsity game, the Lady Lions fell to Greensburg 23-11. Rushville scored three runs in the first and four in the second to lead 7-0 through two innings. Maddie Whittaker and Keely Springman scored twice in the first two innings. Megyn Kirchoff, McKenzie Woolston and Loggan Hewitt all touched the plate for the Lady Lions as Rushville built the early lead.
After Greensburg tied the game at 7-7, Rushville’s Woolston, Audrey Land and Kassie Herbert all scored to push the Lady Lions lead to 10-7. The Lady Pirates then blew the game open with six runs in the sixth and 10 in the seventh.
Contact: Aaron Kirchoff at 765-932-2222, ext. 114