WEST LAFAYETTE — Logansport’s softball team entered Tuesday’s sectional game against Class 4A No. 2 Harrison on a roll and with confidence that it could hit well enough against fireballing right-hander Kaitlynn Moody.
But Moody baffled the Berries and struck out 17 in the Raiders’ 6-0 win in a semifinal game of the Harrison Sectional. The two-time defending champion Raiders (24-2) will face Lafayette Jeff on Thursday for the championship.
Moody, an IUPUI recruit, pitched a two-hit shutout against the Berries one night after no-hitting Kokomo.
“We’ve got to shorten up and put the ball in play and we couldn’t get it in play,” Logan coach Jim Bacon said. “We tried to bunt, we tried to slap, we just couldn’t get on the ball.”
The Berries managed just two hits on the night, both by Bailey Kelley. Kristie Flora also made decent contact on the night and Mallory Rowe had a fly out to right, but that was all the contact they would make against Moody and her disappearing riseball.
“She uses her junk a lot and she throws pretty hard,” Logan pitcher Bailie Long said. “Our girls through the year, we don’t get to face that very often. So we aren’t used to that and we can’t adjust very well. Towards the end we started catching on.”
A year ago the Berries hit Moody decently when she was wearing a Lafayette Jeff uniform in a 12-11 loss to the Bronchos, although she didn’t start in that game due to an injury but did finish. The Berries also hit decently in a 3-2 loss to Moody and the Raiders in the first game of this season.
“I think we came out scared,” Kelley said. “You can’t take long cuts, just short cuts and try to put it in play. Either way make them get us out.”