SAFE AT SECOND, OUT AT HOME: Southwestern’s Meagan Ralston (above) reacts at second base after hitting a run-scoring double during the fifth inning of the Rebels’ 9-1 win Wednesday in Hanover. Ralston was 3-for-4 at the plate. Rebels’ catcher Katie Conover (below) puts the tag on New Washington baserunner Brooke Shaw as Shaw tries to score from third. (Staff photos by David Hill)
SAFE AT SECOND, OUT AT HOME: Southwestern’s Meagan Ralston (above) reacts at second base after hitting a run-scoring double during the fifth inning of the Rebels’ 9-1 win Wednesday in Hanover. Ralston was 3-for-4 at the plate. Rebels’ catcher Katie Conover (below) puts the tag on New Washington baserunner Brooke Shaw as Shaw tries to score from third. (Staff photos by David Hill)
Southwestern complimented a complete-game pitching performance by Kelsi Brierly with good hitting and fielding to roll past New Washington 9-1 Wednesday for the Rebels' first win of the 2014 season.

"I thought we played very well today," said Southwestern head coach Duane Ralston. "We made very few mistakes and took advantage of about every opportunity and Kelsi had a good day on the mound, making up for being knocked around in the opener."

Brierly yielded just one run on three hits, including an RBI triple, three hit batters and struck out five. She also had a good day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double and drove in two runs.

New Washington sent six batters to the plate without scoring in the first inning. Two of the runners were erased on plays at the plate and Brierly struck out the final batter to leave the bases loaded.

The Rebels plated a pair of runs in their half of the first. Katie Conover walked and was moved to second by Meagan Ralston on a bunt that went for an infield single. The runners stole their way into scoring position while the next two batters were striking out, but Brierly came through with a run-scoring single to give Southwestern a 2-0 lead.

The Mustangs got a run back in the top of the second. Jodi Davidson reached to lead off and later scored on the triple by Bailey Crace. Crace was stranded at third following a ground-out.

Brierly got stronger as the game progressed and allowed just three baserunners the rest of the way.

Southwestern added another run in the fourth inning when Brittany Ralston singled and came home on a double by Brierly, and another in the fifth when Emily McCane walked and courtesy runner Michela Brown scored on a Meagan Ralston double - the second of her three hits on the day.

The Rebels put the icing on the cake in the sixth inning when they batted around, scoring five runs and knocking New Washington starting and losing pitcher Brooke Shaw out of the circle. The Rebels took advantage of an error, a pair of walks and two sacrifice bunts. The big hit of the inning was a two-run single by Austin Courtney that staked Southwestern to the final 9-3 margin.

"We really had some clutch hits today and our bunting was superb," coach Ralston said. "Just about everything we did worked."

Southwestern was able to avenge a poor performance against the Mustangs Shaw during last year's outing.

"We built some momentum today after a not-so-good start on Saturday," Ralston said. "It's nice to see our hitting come alive and we have a lot of new faces on the team and it's just as nice to see them getting involved."

The Rebels return to action Friday when they host Scottsburg. On Saturday Southwestern will host Austin and South Central in a round-robin.

Hilltoppers limited to one hit

in 14-0 beating at Milan


Milan limited Shawe Memorial to just one hit en route to a 14-0 Ohio River Valley Conference softball win Wednesday at home.

The Indians (1-0, 1-0 ORVC) scored 10 runs in the first inning to put the game out of reach. Milan added two runs each in the second and fourth innings for the final margin.

Shawe, meanwhile, struggled to put runners on base against Indians hurler Ashley Guthrie. Guthrie allowed only a basehit to Megan Goebel and walked one. Shawe's only other baserunner came on an error.

Kami Morrissey and Morgan Widener each had two hits, three RBIs and two runs scored to lead Milan's offense. Widener also had a double.

Teresa Jenkins also had a double for Milan and Alex Dixon had a hit and three RBIs.

Shawe (0-2, 0-2 ORVC) hosts Jac-Cen-Del on Monday.

Carroll beats Owen 12-1

Carroll County softball defeated Owen County 12-1 on Wednesday evening in Owenton.

Carroll (6-3) hosts Gallatin County today in the first round of the Eighth Region All "A" Classic.

Raiders fall 5-3 at Shelby

Trimble County softball fell 5-3 to Shelby County on Wednesday night in Shelbyville.

Trimble (0-3) plays Walton-Verona today in the first round of the Eighth Region All "A" Classic.