Softball Rebel pitchers extend scoreless streak to 30 innings
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 3:01 PM
Southwestern softball allowed its first baserunner in three games but ran its scoreless pitching streak to 30 innings in an 11-0 Ohio River Valley Conference win over South Ripley on Monday at home.
Southwestern’s Kelsi Brierly tossed a 11-0 3-hit shutout over South Ripley on Monday. The Rebels have now held their last five opponents scoreless for 30 consecutive innings including perfect game wins over Clarksville and Shawe and shutouts over South Ripley, Rising Sun and Scottsburg — all by a combined victory margin of 60-0
Senior pitcher Kelsi Brierly, who has been nearly unhittable over the past week and a half, limited the Raiders to just three hits while striking out eight and walking none in five innings. At the plate, the Rebels banged out 10 hits including five for extra bases.
“We hit the ball really well tonight and Kelsi had another great outing,” Southwestern coach Duane Ralston said. “Kaitlyn (West), Abby (Ralston) and Michaela (Mahoney) had some great at bats but really everyone contributed in one way or another at the plate tonight. KK and Michaela especially had a great night with five doubles between them. We need to keep building on this as we face sectional and conference rival Milan Wednesday.”
South Ripley broke Southwestern’s 11-inning perfect streak with a pair of singles in the top of the first but the Rebels worked out of the jam without the Raiders scoring.
Southwestern picked up what proved to be the only run it would need in the bottom of the first when Brittany Barnett singled and scored on West’s first double of the game.
The Rebels added three runs in both the second and third innings then put four on the board to end the game.
West lashed three doubles and drove in two runs to lead Southwestern while Mahoney had two doubles and an RBI. Abby Ralston had two hits and scored twice, while Kayla Adkins had a hit and three RBIs, Laykn Wilson had a hit and two RBIs and Brittney Ralston added a hit.
Southwestern, winners of five-straight, are now 8-4 overall and 3-0 in the ORVC. The Rebels travel to Rising Sun on Wednesday.
Carroll falls to Henry 15-4
Carroll County suffered a 15-4 softball loss to Henry County in five innings in a district contest on the road on Tuesday.
The Lady Panthers (7-11, 1-1 31st District) host Williamstown on Wednesday.