Errors proved to be the difference as Seymour escaped Madison with a 3-1 softball win Thursday in Madison.

The visiting Owls scored two unearned runs in the fourth thanks to a pair of Madison errors. That lead held up as the Cubs managed only one run off Seymour started Gemma Challies.

The Cubs' lone run came in the bottom of the sixth when Bri Tingle led off with a single and later scored on an Ashleigh Poling single.

Challies helped her own cause when she led off the seventh with a solo home run for the final margin.

Poling was 3-for-3 with a double while Cadie Povaleri was 2-for-3 with a double to lead Madison's seven-hit attack. Brooklyn Smith also added a double.

Seymour collected eight hits, all but Challies' homer were singles. Emily Bobb was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Hannah Bickers pitched seven strong innings but still suffered the loss in the circle for Madison. Bickers gave up just one earned run on eight hits with a strikeout and four walks to fall to 6-7 on the season.

Challies struck out five and walked two while scattering one run on seven hits for the win.

Madison falls back to .500 and ends the regular season at 13-13. The Cubs' next game will be against Rushville in the opening round of the Class 3A Sectional at Greensburg. That game will be on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.

Raiders rally late to edge Rebels

South Ripley scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull away to a 6-3 softball win over Southwestern Thursday in Versailles.

A Tyler Smith single scored Michela Brown to stake Southwestern to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

But South Ripley came back to get a run in the second after Allie Sexton singled and scored on a three-base error. The Raiders added two more runs in the third when Emily Cumberworth walked and Ellie Ayers and Allie Linkmeyer lashed back-to-back singles.

The game remained 3-1 until the sixth when Southwestern put together a one-out rally to tie the score. Smith singled and Shaye Geer reached on a fielder's choice. Emily McCane and Courtney both singled to push two runs across the plate.

Four hits, including a double by Elizabeth Bodenberg, led to three runs for Ripley in the sixth and the eventual win.

"Overall we played pretty well tonight. We really didn't have that one bad inning that has plagued us all season," Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. "We basically just got out-hit tonight. Our defense was solid, we turned a nice double-play right at the beginning. We've just been struggling for hits here lately."

Courtney and Smith each had two hits to account for four of Southwestern's five hits. Katie Conover added the other safety.

Linkmeyer, Julia Sizemore and Hayley Schwarte each had two hits for South Ripley with Sizemore adding a double.

Emily McCane started for Southwestern and went just two innings before giving way to Josie Barnett in order to rest McCane for the sectional. McCane allowed one run on two hits in her brief stint. Barnett gave up five runs on eight hits while striking out two and walking two to take the loss.

Sexton went the first four innings and gave up just a run on three hits with a pair of strikeouts. Linkmeyer got the win in relief despite allowing two runs on two hits in two innings. Linkmeyer did strike out four while walking just one.

Southwestern falls to 4-20 overall and 3-8 in the Ohio River Valley Conference but the Rebels have played much better than their record shows over the past two weeks. The Rebels travel to Milan today before facing Switzerland County in the opening round of the Class 2A Sectional on Monday in Vevay.

"We're playing a lot better than we were at the beginning of the season and I would rather have it that way than the other way around, "Ralston said. "We've proven that when we play well we can play with anybody in our sectional. We just need to keep that up."