Rising Sun Coach David Brown won his first sectional at East Central in 1995 waving the symbol from the movie Angels in the Outfield, but there were no angels Tuesday as a pair of shots to the centerfield fence were outs and marked the end of the 2015 Lady Shiner season.
The Hauser Lady Jets scored early and held off a Rising Sun rally to win the Class A Regional 30 championship Tuesday, June 2nd at Rising Sun. The win avenged a regional loss to Rising Sun a year ago in Hope
Hauser, ranked #3, jumped out early with lefthanded speedster Leslie Sims beating out an infield hit before stealing second and third base. Freshman Tessa Sims drew a walk then the elder Sims scored on a suicide bunt by Paige Miller. Hailey Lange reached on another bunt scoring the second Sims sister.
Rising Sun seniors Alix DeDreu and Bailee Bostic walked in the Shiner first but Tessa Sims struck out the side and nine batters in the first three innings.
Small ball continued in the second with a leadoff bunt misplayed. A sacrifice set up the game winning RBI slap single by Ali Hoover (3-for-3, RBI).
DeDreu, recently signed to play at Thomas More College, held Hauser scoreless the rest of the way picking up eight K’s.
Rising Sun got on the board as Tiffany Vinup doubled to right to open the fourth. Senior Haley Presley bunted her to third where she scored on an RBI single by Baylie Hunter.
The Shiner power had its shot in the sixth. Bostic drilled a foul ball over the left field fence before popping out. Then Vinup came up and hit a ball to the centerfield fence caught by Hoover.
Presley doubled on a ball dribbling off a diving second baseman. Claire Poling was hit by a pitch and Hunter (2-for-3) picked up her second RBI to make it 3-2.
Hoover opened the seventh with a single to right field. Leslie Sims beat out another infield hit then Tessa Sims reached on a fielder’s choice to load the bases. Presley fired home to get Hoover then Tessa Sims was out for interfering with Presley playing on a ball hit to short.
The bottom of the seventh was delayed as Hoover was having her ankle wrapped forcing a sub to take her place to start the inning. There was an additional delay, as a pair of Rising Sun school buses came through Shiner Drive.
Tessa Sims picked up her 13th strikeout of the night to open the inning then Hoover was ready to go. She hauled in the second out at the centerfield fence by DeDreu before a final ground out to end the game.
The win advanced Hauser (23-4) to the North Davies Semi-state on Saturday against Borden. Indianapolis Lutheran will play North Davies in the opening game.
Rising Sun’s season (19-9) ended after its fifth straight sectional titles and ranked sixth in the final Class A poll.
It marked the end of the career of seniors DeDreu, Bostic and Presley, along with the final game of Shiner Coach David Brown (Rising Sun’s only head coach in softball). He had seven sectional and three regional titles.
Hauser had defeated Rising Sun 2-1 in nine innings this season with 16 strikeouts by Sims. Vinup was the losing pitcher in that game.