By Steve Joos
They had to battle back to do it, but the North Posey U-14 girls’ softball team pulled out the championship of its Evansville Rural Girls’ League competitive tournament.
North Posey avenged an earlier loss by dropping South Spencer twice, 11-3 and 8-5, to claim the title at the high school softball field.
“We just hit the ball well from top to bottom,” coach Deb Schorr said. “Our defense came through and we had great pitching.”
North Posey was dropped into the consolation bracket by South Spencer 2-1, as the Rockport squad scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning after North Posey missed a number of opportunities and had some baseruning errors.
But that was all part of the strategy, according to Schorr.
“We had many chances,” she said. “We threatened in just about every inning, but at the same time, we put out some high risk offensive plays. We were trying the suicide bunt; we were in many a situation that just backfired on us, so with that high risk sometimes comes loss and sometimes comes greatness.”
On Tuesday, it was mostly loss.
But North Posey hung in for six innings, as third baseman Kayla Sanford and center fielder Gwen Wildeman turned in some spectacular fielding plays to key a string defensive effort and the pitching of Hannah Ogg nearly made Sanford’s fourth inning triple and Blake Gamblin’s RBI single stand up.
Unfortunately for the U-14 squad, they left the bases loaded and had other chances, but the great risks didn’t produce the great rewards.
“We had runners on in every inning,” Schorr said. “A lot of good hitting, a lot of girls on base, those high risk plays just didn’t pan out.”
The bats were back in the third game, as North Posey banged out 14 hits en route to a 9-2 romp over Stringtown in another time-limit contest.
“We had timely hits strung together, a lot of solid defense backing up our pitcher and Hannah (Ogg) shut them down,” Schorr said.
North Posey was getting some very strong plays in the outfield, and some highly aggressive defensive play. Confidence against a pitcher the team had seen often (this was North Posey’s fourth game against Stringtown) also helped, Schorr added.
Hamblin swung a hot stick from the left-handed end of the plate, while Sanford doubled. Ally Brandenstein singled, while Ogg helped herself with two blows, one of them a double. Ally Graff had two hits and Wildeman had two hits.
For the second time during the tournament, North Posey closed up early, as the game was called with one out in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The tourney started for North Posey with a 9-2 win over Stringtown in a game called after five innings due to the time limit.
“I love how they came out here and played hard from inning one,” Schorr said. “All season long, we’ve had kind of a delay on their aggression, but after we calmed down a little bit and showed our discipline by getting to their pitcher.”
After the Central feeder team went up 1-0 in the top of the first inning, North Posey tied the game in the bottom of the inning and kept Stringtown at bay until erupting for six tallies in the bottom of the fourth to pen a 7-1 lead.
Stringtown scored again in the fifth, but North Posey closed out the scoring with two runs in the bottom of that inning.
“They came to the plate aggressively,” Schorr explained. “When (the Stringtown pitcher) put something down the middle, they just took it for a ride. The aggressive baseruning just helped tremendously. The other team’s defense became flustered and didn’t get the ball in as quickly, so we took the extra base.”
Ally Brandenstein collected three hits, while Kristen Schorr tripled and Wildeman singled. Gamblin also collected a pair of blows to back up Ogg.
Schorr was impressed with this year’s team and is looking forward to watching them play in high school.
The news wasn’t as good for St. Wendel, which went 0-2 in the tournament, dropping the opener to South Spencer 7-2, and then falling in the consolation round to Lynnville 8-2.
The Rural Girls’ league held a number of other tourneys recently, with mixed success for the Posey County teams.
In the ERGL’s U-8 “C” tournament at St. Phillip, the hosts won their championship, while Poseyville and Mount Vernon each went 0-2. St. Wendel was 0-2 in Competitive U-12 action at Newburgh; while Poseyville was 1-2 in the U-14 instructional “A” tourney at Oakland City.
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