Braves roll past Cougars on senior day


The Brownstown Central softball team had to wait a week to celebrate senior day, and the Braves made the most of their opportunity Saturday morning.

The Braves rolled over Trinity Lutheran 15-0 on their diamond at Brownstown Elementary School.

Senior players Emily and Erin Singleton, Brooklyn Watson and Zoe Stuckwisch, along with the senior managers, were honored before the game.

The senior players were all in the starting lineup, were on base eight times with three hits, one walk and four errors and scored six runs.

The game was originally scheduled to be played a week earlier but had to be postponed because Trinity was short of players. The Cougars were again short of players as three regulars were missing for various reasons.

Braves coach Darren Bryant said that was a good way to finish up the regular season.

“I wanted to have a good last-to-the-season game,” he said. “The last several games, we’ve been on a little bit of a winning streak. We got rained out Thursday night (against Mitchell). You always want to go into sectional feeling good about yourself. We wanted to get our bats going again. Everybody pretty much hit the ball (11 hits) pretty well. We played well. We didn’t make any errors.”

The Braves got the bats going early as Kelsey Schneider opened the bottom of the first with a bunt single. She stole second and scored on a single by Stuckwisch. Emily Dillman was safe on an error and Kyndle Huddleston singled to drive in Stuckwisch and Dillman to make it 3-0.

The Braves broke the game open with 10 runs in the third inning.

Kyndle Huddleston had two hits and two RBI, and Erin Singleton had a triple and reached on an error and scored two runs in the inning. Rylee May walked with the bases loaded to force in a run, and Rylin Huddleston had a bases-clearing double.

Brooke Meahl had a two-run single in the fourth when the Braves completed their scoring.

Schneider, Erin Singleton and Kyndle Huddleston had two hits each, Stuckwisch reached base three times on errors and she had a hit, scored three runs and had two RBI. Kyndle Huddleston had four RBI, and Rylin Huddleston and three RBI.

“Our pitching was good,” Bryant said as Schneider and Rylin Huddleston combined to allow three hits and strike out nine and didn’t walk any.

Morgan Brewer had Trinity’s first hit, a shot past the Braves’ first baseman leading off the third inning. She was thrown out trying to steal second.

In the fourth, Ally Russell and Kamzi Gross hit singles, but a force out at third base and two strikeouts put an end to that rally.

Both teams will prepare for sectional games this week.

The Braves (15-11) will play Silver Creek at 5:30 p.m. tonight at Corydon.

“We played them a 2-1 game (May 10),” Bryant said. “The two runs they scored, they didn’t hit the ball out of the infield. It was two well-placed bunts, then a blooper and our fielder was running toward center field and they tagged up and scored on it. We had opportunities to score and just couldn’t.”

The Cougars (11-8) will play Henryville at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Henryville. The Cougars defeated the Hornets 6-4 in a tournament at New Albany on April 30.

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