May 9, 2013

Zebras zip past Logan

Class 2A No. 1 Rochester moves to 20-0 with win at Logansport

by Beau Wicker

— Speed kills.

Rochester’s softball team has plenty of it.

The Zebras put pressure on Logansport’s defense all night Thursday, and too many times the defense faltered.

The Class 2A No. 1 Zebras improved to 20-0 on the season with a 6-1 win at Fincher Field.

The Berries (10-10) committed six errors in the contest and all six of the runs they allowed were unearned.

“I have no comment,” Logan coach Jim Bacon said.

Meanwhile, the Berry offense was dormant for the most part, other than a Bailey Graham double to the left-center gap that scored Alexus Rennewanz in the first inning to give the Berries an early 1-0 lead.

Mallory Rowe added a double, and Rennewanz, Madyson Price and Sydney Thompson each had a single.

Freshman Bailie Long once again pitched good enough, but on this night she didn’t have enough support behind her. She allowed six hits, two walks and struck out two.

Maggie Good went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and run scored to lead the relentless Zebra attack. Kaelee Smith had a triple and scored on an error on the throw to third. Arin Johnson had an RBI single. Becky Malchow had a hit and a run scored. Alexa Holland scored two runs, Rylee Holland scored a run and freshman Lexy Holland was the winning pitcher, holding the Berries to one run on five hits and one walk with no strikeouts. The Zebras committed no errors.

Earlier in the day the IHSAA announced the sectional draw. The Berries drew the bye and will face Lafayette Jeff in a semifinal on May 21 at the Class 4A Harrison Sectional. The sectional is one of the most wide open and highly competitive in the state. The Berries are certainly contenders, but they’ll have to get things turned around in a hurry after a subpar week of play.

The Berries will take a 3-2 North Central Conference record to New Castle Saturday.

For the rest of our prep roundup, see our Friday print edition.