On a warm breezy afternoon the top two teams in the 44th district played a game that was scheduled for earlier in the week but mother nature had other plans. Madison Central traveled to Berea to play the Lady Eagles of Madison Southern. The first pitch temps were in the mid 70’s and the wind was blowing in from center field at 16 MPH.
The Lady Indians was able to get on the board in the top of the first inning when leadoff Emily Hahn walked stole second and third and scored on a throwing error by the pitcher as she was unable to get a clean pickup and throw to first. The Lady Indians ran Alexiss Stull, a Lindsey Wilson commit, out on the mound and she was dominating early, striking out the first two hitters in she faced and getting third to ground out to first base. Top of the second Indians load the bases against Jessa Juett but she was able to work out of the jam. In the bottom of the second inning Stull came down wrong on her knee after a pitch and she was removed from the game as a precaution. Abbey Mayes moved over to the mound from first and she was just as tough as Stull was on the Eagle batters. She came in with a couple of runners on base but she left them stranded and the score remained 1-0. Once again in the home half of the third Eagles had a chance to tie the game with a runner at third base with two down but once again Mayes left the duck on the pond. Both teams had multiple chances to score, Lady Indians left two in scoring positions in top of fourth, Eagles left two on in bottom of fourth. In the fourth Southern got first two hitters on but Ziara Carter was unable to lay down the sacrifice bunt twice, with two strike she swung away hitting a fly ball to left field where the Indians were able to catch the lead runner off second for a double play. In the visiting half of the fifth inning Natilee Issacs came off the bench and hit a long fly to left center where if the wind hadn’t been blowing in so strong may have gone over the wall but she settled for a lead off double. Issacs stole third base but once again Juett left her stranded there. Eagles made noise in the sixth when Kayla Pigg led off with a double and Kenna Story beat out an infield single to get runners on corner with no outs. Mayes buckled in though striking out the last two hitters of the inning without allowing a run. Heading to the seventh Central still up 1-0. Top of seventh Rylee Clark led off with a triple and scored on a error which allowed Jesse Brandenburg to advance to second base. Indians score their third run of the inning when Maddie Cuzik finds a hole and heading to the home half of the seventh the Eagles needed four runs but were unable to score and they fall 4-0 to Madison Central.
It was a one run until the seventh when the Indians were able to get three runs to get some breathing room. For Madison Central Maddie Cuzick had two hits and drove home a run, Jesse Brandenburg had two RBI. Jessa Juett had a great day day in the circle going six and a third and striking out nine Lady Indians. If these two teams meet up for a district championship we are in for a classic!