Lady Pacer softball team hitting its stride as tourney time nears

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The Switzerland County Lady Pacer varsity softball team has been busy over the past few weeks, but as the regular season moves forward, the squad is coming together and playing its best softball as the tournament nears.

Here’s a wrap up of recent games:

– On May 3rd the Lady Pacers fell to Madison Shawe by a score of 8-4.

Offensively, Trisha Smith was 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI, and one run scored; and Karoline Park was 2-for-4.

On the mound, Rachel Griffin pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing three earned runs and striking out one; while Becky Turner finished up, allowing just one hit and striking out eight.

– On May 5th Switzerland County picked up its second conference win of the year with a 4-3 victory over South Ripley.

Hayley South was the offensive star, going 3-for-4 at the plate including a homerun, and she also scored three runs and had an RBI. Maggie Armstrong also had a homerun and drove in two; and Catie Johnson was 2-for-4 with the game-winning RBI in the seventh inning.

Defensively, coach Steven Konkle praised outfielders Hailee Smith and Becca Sittloh, both of whom threw out Lady Raider runners at the plate. Becky Turner went the distance on the mound, allowing no earned runs and striking out five to pick up the win.

– The Lady Pacers kept the momentum up on May 6th with a 3-2 win over North Decatur.

Kali Carfield was the lone spark in an otherwise quiet offensive night, as she was 1-for-2 at the plate with two RBI and a run scored.

Becky Turner again went the distance on the mound, allowing just two earned runs while striking out 12 to claim the pitchers duel.

– On May 7th Switzerland County endured a 12-inning marathon before defeating Rising Sun by a score of 3-2.

Becky Turner again pitched all 12 innings, allowing just two earned runs while striking out seven.

Offensively, Maggie Armstrong was 3-for-6; while Maggie Devers was 1-for-1 with a triple and a run scored. Hailee Smith was 1-for-5, but had two huge stolen bases, including one in the 12th that would provide the winning run; and she also scored two runs.

Trisha Smith was 2-for-6, and she had the game-winning RBI in the 12th inning.

It was an unusual game, as Switzerland County scored the apparent game winning run in the eighth inning, but the Lady Pacers were cited for an illegal substitution ruling, and the run was erased and the game went on.

– Switzerland County then competed in a tournament at Scottsburg on Saturday, May 8th, leaving at 6 a.m. following the 12-inning game the night before.

In the opening game, the Lady Pacers defeated Scottsburg by a score of 19-2.

Hayley South was 2-for-5 with four runs scored and two RBI; Maggie Armstrong was 3-for-5 including a double with two runs scored, three RBI, and a stolen base; Trisha Smith was 2-for-3 with a homerun, three runs scored, and three RBI; and Brittany Bright was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

Becky Turner pitched five innings, striking out six to pick up the win.

In the championship game, Switzerland County fell to Brownstown Central by a score of 7-6.

The Lady Pacers were down by a 7-1 score heading into the seventh inning and came back to score five runs, but came up just short.

Trisha Smith was 2-for-4 with a homerun, three RBI, and one run scored; Catie Johnson was 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored; and Brittany Bright was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Ashley Watson pitched three innings and allowed six runs while striking out one; and Becky Turner pitched four innings, collecting five strikeouts.

– On Monday the Lady Pacers continued their outstanding play with a win over Milan, 5-4.

Becky Turner collected 12 strikeouts and allowed just four earned runs on her way to picking up another win; and Hayley South sparked the offense by hitting a homerun as part of a 3-for-4 night that saw her also have a double and have four RBI, including the game winner.

Hailee Smith was 3-for-4 with two runs scored; and Kali Carfield was 1-for-3, including a double that led off the seventh inning and she eventually became the game winning run.

The Lady Pacers are now 7-8 on the season; and are 3-4 in conference play.