Softball advanced to Final 4
By Vivian Risch, Contributor
Union County shut out the Paoli Rams, 10-0, in five innings at the IHSAA Class 2A Semi-State at Forest Park last weekend.
The Lady Patriots advanced to the Semi-State Championship game against 24-3 Tecumseh High School. The Braves defeated South Vermillion, 9-4, to advance.
“Great game. You are now in the record books with this win at semi-state,” UC coach Scott Gray said in his post-game meeting with the Lady Patriots. “Remember that. No one can take that away from you.”
UC won the regional and advanced to semi-state in 2012 but lost the first game.
Paoli came out strong with a double from the lead-off batter. The second batter hit an infield fly ball for the first out. Then, with runners on first and second, the fourth batter hit to center field where Faith Richardson came up with the catch. With Paoli runners running, the throw in went to third base to get the lead runner and complete a double play to end the threat.
UC came back strong in the bottom of the first with Tara Williams’ RBI home run to left field.
Fayth Hill’s first two strikeouts came in the second inning to keep Paoli scoreless.
UC came out swinging again in the second inning. Shepler was hit by a pitch, and Richardson singled inside the third base line and Walton was on base with a fielder’s choice at third. With runners on first and third, Tori Russell’s RBI left field double, and Kristin Klein’s RBI single put UC up, 4-0.
With runners on first and third and two outs, Sophia Knock sent the fourth pitch out of the park in center field for a big five-run second inning.
After Hill fanned two batters to end Paoli’s fourth inning, the Patriots took charge at the plate again.
Klein walked to lead off. Williams singled, and Knock’s hit to centerfield bounced off the fence and back to the playing field for a two RBI double. UC led, 10-0 after four innings.
The Lady Rams came up with a single and double in the top of the fifth inning. Hill struck out a batter and Walton made the catch in right field shut the rally down and gave Union County a 10-0 semi-state victory in four-and-a-half innings.
“We have good senior leadership, great underclassmen, and they get the job done,” Gray said.
Forest Park Semi-State
Paoli 000 00 - 0
Union County 250 3x - 10
2B: P 2 (Stroud). UC 1 (Knock).
LOB: P 6. UC 3.
Batteries: P-Kerby and Stroud. UC-Hill and Klein.
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