Lady Pacer softball: big win over Oldenburg; tough loss to Rising Sun
Last week was the best of times — and the worst of times — for the Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity softball team.
On Wednesday, May 12th, the Lady Pacers traveled to Oldenburg to take on the Lady Twisters, and came home on the winning end of a 30-0 blowout.
Switzerland County got one run in the top of the first inning on a home run by Maddie Duvall; and then broke open the flood gates in the top of the second, scoring 11 runs as 15 Switzerland County batters came to the plate.
Maddie Levell opened the inning by being hit by a pitch, and then advanced on a stolen base and a passed ball. Keirstan Oeffinger then reached on a walk; and Jessie Duvall reached base after being hit by a pitch. Maddie Duvall then walked to force home a run; and Lily Sparks followed that with an RBI sacrifice fly. Hailey Sainz then reached on walk, and Nora Hankins powered an RBI double. Madesyn Byrd then reached on an error, bringing Levell to the plate for the second time. She drew a walk, as did McKaila Peelman. Oeffinger was hit by a pitch; Jessie Duvall had a two RBI single, and Maddie Duvall finished off the run with an RBI double.
The third inning saw Switzerland County score six more runs, highlighted by a double by Sainz and a three-RBI triple from Maddie Duvall; and the fourth inning is when things really got out of hand, as the Lady Pacers scored nine more runs, with Jessie Duvall connecting on a two-RBI double and Maddie Duvall hitting her second home run of the game — this one a two-run shot.
The final three Lady Pacer runs came in the top of the fifth, when Jessie Duvall walked and stole a base; Maddie Duvall walked, and Sparks drove them home with a double. Sparks then scored on an RBI hit by Hankins.
The final score was 30-0, and was stopped after five innings due to the mercy rule.
Sparks continued her dominance on the mound, pitching five innings, striking out 12 of the 17 batters she faced, hurling yet another no-hitter.
The Lady Pacers then traveled to Rising Sun on Saturday, May 13th, for a showdown with the Lady Shiners that meant control of the conference race.
As expected, it was a close, nip-and-tuck battle, with the Lady Pacers coming out of the short end of a heartbreaking 1-0.
The only run of the game was scored in bottom of the fifth, with the Lady Shiner runner scored from third on a passed ball.
Switzerland County had a chance to score in the top of the first, loading the bases with no outs, but they couldn’t push a run across.
Jessie Duvall’s single in the third and Maddie Duvall’s single in the sixth were the only hits that the Lady Pacers garnered in the contest.