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The Switzerland County Lady Pacers advanced to the second round of the IHSAA Sectional softball tournament with a 5-1 victory over Southwestern in the opening round on Monday.

This year’s softball sectional is being played at Hauser High School.

Senior Hailee Smith was the “Player of the Game” according to coach Steven Konkle, as the centerfielder played injured but still managed to score two runs.

Hayley South also had a big night, going 3-for-4 at the plate, including a big single in the sixth inning. She finished with three RBI.

Kali Carfield went 1-for-2 at the plate with a run scored; and Brittany Bright also scored two runs in the win, drawing three walks in the game.

Becky Turner went the distance on the mound, allowing only three hits and one earned run while striking out 10.

Switzerland County was scheduled to play South Ripley in the second round of the Sectional last night (Wednesday); and if the Lady Pacers won that game, they’ll play for the Sectional title tonight (Thursday), beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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The Lady Pacers wrapped up their regular season on a winning streak.

– Last Wednesday Switzerland County defeated Southwestern in a doubleheader.

In the first game, the Lady Pacers won by a score of 94, as Becky Turner went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI; as well as pitching the entire game, scattering eight hits while striking out eight.

Catie Johnson was also 2-for-4 with two runs scored; and Kali Carfield was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI.

In the second game, Switzerland County won by a score of 7-0

Trisha Smith was the offensive star, going 3-for-4 at the plate with three runs scored; and Becky Turner went 2-for-2 with two RBI.

Hailee Smith had an RBI single; Maggie Armstrong had an RBI; and Catie Johnson also knocked in a run.

Rachel Griffin started and pitched three innings, striking out two and allowing no runs; and Becky Turner pitched the final four innings, recording eight strikeouts and no runs.

– Switzerland County then wrapped up the regular season with a 5-4 win over Madison Shawe on Thursday.

Hayley South paced Switzerland County offensively, going 2-for-4 including a triple with two runs scored and three RBI.

Maggie Armstrong was 1-for-2 with a double, a run scored and an RBI; and Ashley Watson picked up her first varsity win on the mound, as she pitched the final 4 2/3 innings, striking out two and allowing just one run.

Coach Konkle also spotlighted reserve Hannah Chapman, who played in place of the injured Hailee Smith, and her speed caused two Madison Shawe errors and led to her scoring runs.