By Drew Terhall
VERSAILLES — The Arcanum softball group couldn’t maintain off the undefeated Girl Indians of Carlisle for seven innings. The Girl Trojans misplaced 13-7 within the Southwest Division III District ultimate at Versailles.
Head coach Mike Morris mentioned with each groups being even, he felt like that they had beat themselves with errors. Going up in opposition to a very good group in Carlisle, they couldn’t afford to provide them any free outs.
“At that time, you possibly can’t make errors. With a hitting group like that, it’s what it’s. They’re a very good group and we’re too. I believe if we performed one another ten occasions, we would cut up 5,” Morris mentioned. “I might be fallacious, however that’s simply the way in which I really feel about this group proper right here that we received.”
Within the first two innings of the sport, Carlisle had bases loaded at one level. Within the first, Arcanum was capable of maintain Carlisle scoreless with bases loaded and one out. However within the second, the Girl Indians scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead.
However Arcanum responded. Within the backside of the second, senior Reece Blinn hit a RBI double with two outs. Then Blinn scored on a wild pitch and a throwing error to tie the sport. Junior Ashlyn Miller hit a double to get into scoring place. Finally, she got here round to attain on an error.
After taking the lead, the Girl Trojans had been making some nice defensive performs to remain forward. Within the fourth, Carlisle had runners at first and second with one out. The Girl Trojans had been capable of get the lead runner out at third after which held the Girl Indians scoreless. Miller made a diving catch in proper discipline to take successful away from Carlisle.
Within the fifth, junior Emilie Fout hit a RBI to increase their lead, 4-2. In the identical inning, Arcanum had bases loaded and two outs. Senior Brooklyn Ullery delivered from the plate with a two-run single to go up 6-2.
As soon as the sport reached the sixth inning, it was all Carlisle. Arcanum did have a mistake right here and there to extend the inning for the Girl Indians.
With no outs, Carlisle loaded up the bases. They drove in two to chop the lead down to 2 runs. With two outs and bases loaded as soon as once more, the Girl Indians cleared the bases and took the lead, 7-6.
After holding Arcanum scoreless, Carlisle scored six extra runs within the seventh. The Girl Trojans had a couple of extra defensive misplays and in addition gave up a grand slam.
Morris mentioned it might have been extra of a low scoring recreation if each groups eradicated a number of the errors. Each groups took benefit of the opposite’s errors.
The Girl Trojans didn’t go down quietly. With two outs within the backside of the seventh, senior Mollie Ericksen drove in a run to make it a 13-7 recreation. However, Arcanum couldn’t maintain the two-out rally.
Junior Hannah Kendig had three strikeouts within the recreation.
Arcanum shall be returning a few of their core gamers for subsequent season, however shall be graduating seven seniors. Morris mentioned that is the primary group of seniors the place he had coached all of them 4 years of their highschool careers. He mentioned they are going to be missed by this system, however he hopes the youthful gamers be aware of how dangerous it feels to let this one slip away.
“They’re going to be missed. They had been a great group we’ve had. They take it (loss) arduous and we’re going to overlook them. Hopefully, the youthful women see how dangerous it hurts and can recognize it slightly bit extra once they’re right here taking part in,” Morris mentioned.
Arcanum finishes the 2023 season with a 21-7 document and an 11-0 convention document. They’re WOAC champions and District runner-ups.
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