Lady Patriots fall to Lady Braves, 10-1
By Vivian Risch, Contributor
Union County fell to Tecumseh, 10-1, in the IHSAA Class 2A Semi-State Championship game at Forest Park last Saturday. The Lady Patriots advanced to the title game with a 10-0 win over Paoli. Tecumseh defeated South Vermillion, 9-4, to advance.
After no score in the first inning, the Tecumseh Lady Braves scored in each of the remaining innings, including a five-run fourth inning and a home run in the sixth to seal a 10-1 win.
“We didn’t make errors, they just hit the ball,” UC coach Scott Gray said. “We didn’t give it away at all. We lost to a good team.”
Freshman pitcher, Ashtyn Green, gave up one run on seven hits, five strikeouts and no walks in seven innings.
Five Lady Braves went 2-of-4 at the plate, including three doubles and three home runs.
The Lady Patriots’ single run came in the sixth inning. Kristin Klein singled to right field. So, with a runner on base and one out, Sophia Knock reached first on a walk, and an error put Haylee Richards on base and scored Klein.
“Would we have liked to win? Absolutely,” Gray said. “This has been a special season - these girls are special. I don’t think anybody thought we would go 23-3, 24-3, or whatever we are.”
Led by four seniors, this Lady Patriot softball team leaves a legacy for the underclassmen.
•First game 10-0 in five innings at semi-state before bowing out of the IHSAA tournament play.
“We are proud of them and so are all those parents and fans waiting outside the fence to greet them,” Gray said.
Tecumseh (26-3) will play the Bremen Lady Lions (28-2) at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 8, at Bittinger Stadium, Purdue University.
Forest Park Semi-State
Paoli 000 00 - 0
Union County 250 3x - 10
2B: P 2 (Stroud). UC 1 (Knock).
HR: 2 (Williams, Knock).
LOB: P 6. UC 3.
Batteries: P-Kerby and Stroud. UC-Hill and Klein.
Tecumseh 100 051 2 - 9
So. Vermillion 100 000 3 - 4
Union County 000 001 0 - 1
Tecumseh 012 511 x - 10
2B: T 3 (Heichelbech, Hight, McGee)
HR: T 3 (Boylls, Oxley, Hight).
LOB: UC 7. T 3.
Batteries: UC-Hill and Klein. T Green and E.Holder.
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