The Switzerland County Lady Pacer softball team split a pair of conference games during the past week.
– Last Wednesday, May 3rd, the Lady Pacers celebrated Senior Night with a 10-8 win over South Ripley. Prior to the start of the game, seniors Taylar Jordan, Alysa Parr, Hope Tankersley, and Whitley Schirmer were honored for their commitment to the program.
South Ripley got off to an early start, scoring five runs in the top of the first inning; but Switzerland County responded in the bottom of the inning with two runs.
Sierra Hamilton reached base with two outs; and Tankersley followed that with a stinging single. Ariel Oeffinger than reached on a shot to third, with Tankersley scoring on some heads up base running after an overthrow to first.
The Lady Raiders got another run in the top of the second to push its lead out to four, and then added another run in the top of the third.
Switzerland County got rolling in the bottom of the third, as Jordan singled and Parr reached on an error by the second baseman, with Jordan rolling on to third. Hamilton’s single plated Jordan and Tankersley’s double drove home Hamilton. Tankersley then stole a base, and came home with the third run of the inning moments later, cutting the lead to two runs, 7-5, after three.
Switzerland County then took the lead for good in the fourth, as Emma Sullivan reached on an error and Allie Bruce followed that with a single. When Kaylee Wetzel then reached on an error by the second baseman, the Lady Pacers had the bases loaded with no one out.
Jordan flew out to center to score Sullivan; and Parr reached on a single. Hamilton also reached base; as did Oeffinger, and by the end of the fourth, Switzerland County led by a score of 9-7.
South Ripley plated a run in the top of the fifth to get within one; but in the bottom of the stanza, Switzerland County got that run back when Sullivan stung a single and eventually scored when Jordan reached on an error by the third baseman.
Parr went the distance, earning the win on the mound.
– The win over South Ripley sent Switzerland County into a conference game with Milan on a high note this past Monday, but that feeling didn’t last long, with Milan winning by a score of 22-1.
The Lady Indians did most of their damage in the third inning, as Milan pushed across 14 runs in the stanza. From there, Switzerland County couldn’t recover.
The Lady Pacers got their lone run in the fifth inning, when Jordan led off with a triple and Katelynne Whiteford followed with a single to drive home the run.
Schirmer had two hits in the game; Tankersley had a single; as did Bruce and Wetzel.
-Switzerland County returns to action tomorrow (Friday) when they travel to New Washington; and then play at Jac-Cen-Del on Monday, May 15th and to Southwestern on Wednesday, May 17th; before opening Sectional play.