REACH: Shawe second baseman Sarah Sanders reaches in vain to tag South Ripley’s Kaitlyn Welch (above) during Monday’s game at VandeWater Field. Hilltopper catcher Stephanie Snodgrass (below) chases a runner back to third. South Ripley won the game 14-4. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
REACH: Shawe second baseman Sarah Sanders reaches in vain to tag South Ripley’s Kaitlyn Welch (above) during Monday’s game at VandeWater Field. Hilltopper catcher Stephanie Snodgrass (below) chases a runner back to third. South Ripley won the game 14-4. (Staff photos by David Campbell)
South Ripley did nearly all of its damage in the early innings and rolled to a 14-4 win over Shawe Memorial in softball Monday in Madison.

The Raiders pushed six runs across in the first inning and three more in the second to take a quick 9-0 lead. Two more runs in the third made it 11-0.

Shawe didn't fold; however, and plated two runs in the bottom of the fourth. The two teams traded runs over the next few innings before Ripley pulled away for the win.

Maddie Waller had two hits for Shawe while Allison Mruzek took the loss in the circle.

Shawe, now 1-7 overall and 1-5 in the Ohio River Valley Conference, visits Milan Wednesday.

Pacers nip Rebs 10-9 on SW error in ninth

Southwestern's softball team dropped an Ohio River Valley Conference game on the road Monday, losing to Switzerland County 10-9 in nine innings.

The Lady Rebels struck first in the top of the first, scoring two runs to lead 2-0. The Lady Pacers responded, using four runs in the bottom of the second to take a 4-2 lead.

The two teams then managed to find themselves tied after the third inning. Southwestern added three more runs to briefly regain the lead before Switzerland County plated across one run to tie the game 5-5.

After two scoreless innings, the Pacers used four hits in the bottom of the sixth to break the tie and go up 8-5. The lead was short-lived however when Southwestern used five hits of their own in the top of the seventh to take a 9-8 lead and stand three outs away from victory.

Switzerland County didn't fold in the bottom of the seventh. The Lady Pacers scored the one run they needed to put the game into extra innings at 9-9. After a scoreless eighth, the Swiss scored on a Southwestern miscue to win the game in the bottom of the ninth, 10-9.

Offensively for Southwestern, Katie Conover led the way with three hits. Austin Courtney added two extra-base hits.

Emily McCane was tagged with the loss for the Lady Rebels. McCane pitched all nine innings giving up 10 runs - nine earned - on nine hits while walking three and striking out four.

Southwestern (1-10, 0-4 ORVC) visits Madison today.

Cubs dominate Eagles

Madison's softball team dominated on the road Monday, defeating Jac-Cen-Del, 20-3.

"We made adjustments at the plate after the first couple innings and really started hitting the ball up the middle." Madison coach Tony Ralston said. "Saturday we didn't make those adjustments so that was good to see tonight."

Madison scored its first run of the game in the top of the second to make it 1-0 and then exploded for five runs in the third and nine runs in the fourth to increase the lead, 15-0.

After the Lady Eagles scored one run in the bottom of the fourth, the Cubs came right back, scoring five in the fifth. Jac-Cen-Del scored two runs in the bottom half of the fifth but it wasn't enough as Madison won by 10-run rule, 20-3.

The Cubs had 16 hits in the game. Hannah Bickers and Annelise Hackney led the way with four hits and three runs each. Bickers had also had three RBIs while Hackney added two.

"(Hackney) had a real nice game today," Ralston said. "She also made a diving catch in the outfield and that is the effort part we are looking for."

Ashleigh Poling contributed from the plate three hits, two runs scored, and four RBIs. Cadie Povaleri, Courtney Sonner, Sarah Johann, Bri Tingle, and LeAnn Fox each had a base hit.

Bickers got the win on the mound for Madison. The senior hurler pitched all five innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits, walking only one and striking out seven.

"I was proud of Hannah's approach to the game today," Ralston said. "Not saying she hasn't had good focus but she looked more prepared and determined and that is what we have been trying to get out of her."

Madison (7-4) will be at home today against Southwestern. The game, which was originally scheduled for last Friday, will also be Madison's cancer awareness game.