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Madison softball plays No. 3 Greensburg tight
Courier Sports Staff
Monday, April 22, 2013 11:00 AM
Madison's softball team dropped a very competitive Saturday doubleheader to Class 3A No. 3 Greensburg 5-3 and 2-1 on the road.
"We just didn't have it offensively." Madison coach Tony Ralston said. "We left a lot of runners on and we didn't get that two-strike hit today. We just have to be more determined at the plate to move runners with less than two outs."
In game one, Greensburg scored a run in each of the first three innings to take an early 3-0 lead. Madison came back in the top of the fifth to score three runs and tie the game 3-3 but the Pirates responded by scoring in the bottom half of the fifth and sixth innings for the eventual 5-3 final.
The Cubs managed just four hits in the first game. Bree Barnes, Hannah Bickers, Jennie Wilson, and Bri Tingle all had one hit each and Bickers added two RBIs.
Bickers also picked up the loss on the mound, tossing a complete game. The Madison hurler went six innings, giving up five earned runs on nine hits while walking four and striking out three.
In game two, neither team scored until the fifth inning when Madison and Greensburg both plated a run for a 1-1 tie. After the Cubs were unable to score in the top of the seventh, the Pirates put across the winning run in the bottom half for the 2-1 win.
Madison had six hits in the contest. Brooklyn Smith and Courtney Sonner had two hits each and Ashleigh Poling and Kaitlin Rice had a hit each with Barnes contributing the lone RBI.
LeAnn Fox took the loss on the mound in her first start of the season. Fox went six and two-thirds innings, giving up two earned runs on five hits while walking four and striking out four.
"(Fox) threw real well for her first start," Ralston said. "She took a hard shot off the leg and showed some toughness and stayed in there to finish the game."
Madison (6-4) visits Osgood today to face Jac-Cen-Del.
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