Brownstown Central’s 2018 campaign came to a close in the Class 3A Sectional 30 semifinals.
Six errors sunk the Braves (5-19), as the fell to the site hosts, Corydon Central, 9-5 on Wednesday.
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In the bottom of the first inning, the Panthers took a 2-0 lead on a two-run single from Cami Schmitt. An error by the Braves allowed another run to cross home before Emly Harbaugh plated two with a single to put the Panthers up 5-0.
The Braves’ Chloe Carlin led off with a double in the second inning. Two batters later, she scored on an error by the Panthers’ second baseman to cut the deficit to four.
After giving up a run in the bottom of the third, the Braves responded with four runs in the top of the fourth.
Claire Poulton brought in a pair of runs with a double to left-center field before making it home on an error by Corydon’s first baseman. With the next at-bat, Hannah Fisher hit an RBI single to bring the score to 6-5.
While they got runners on base, the Braves weren’t able to score again the remainder of the game.
Errors lead to two runs in the fifth, and one in the sixth, for the Panthers.
“I’m proud of all the girls,” Braves coach Monte Ault said. “They all stuck together. We got down 5-0 and we didn’t say we were beat. We got it back to 6-5. All I can ask of them is to give me 100 percent.”
Fisher took the loss in the circle, pitching all six innings.
BC was outhit 8-7 in the game. Corydon had two errors in the game.
“The difference was the errors,” Ault said.”You take them away and we win the game. It’s just the little things. We came back and played really well. Overall, we really improved from the start of the season.”
The Braves will graduate Claire Smith and Rilee Robinson from the program.
Ault said the seniors will be missed, and he looks forward to the future with his young team.
“It was the season we wanted to have, but it was a lot of close games,” he said. We’re going to improve a lot over the summer.