May 13, 2013

SOFTBALL: Berries bring intensity in win at Cass

by Jared Crum
For the Pharos-Tribune

WALTON — Intensity and defense.

An abundance of the former and a lack of the latter made the difference in Monday night’s softball matchup between the Logansport Berries and the Lewis Cass Lady Kings.

The Berries were able to come out on top with a 6-1 win over Cass and improve to a 11-12 record for the regular season.

The Berries entered having lost five games in a row and six of seven before a much-needed bounce-back win over a solid Kings squad.

“Intensity was the key tonight,” said Logan coach Jim Bacon. “We moved our runners when we needed to move them and you could hear us from the dugout the whole game.”

After a scoreless first inning, the Berries powered up the scoreboard after two unearned runs by Mallory Rowe and Lauren Pruitt in the second.

Cass was able to respond offensively with three singles from Cheyenne Dittmaier, Rachel Lawson and Kassi Zeck allowed by Logan pitcher Bailie Long. The Lady Kings were able to capitalize with one run from Dittmaier but no more. Long allowed another single that inning from Cass’ Meghan Hall. Long allowed just two other hits for the night. She walked two and struck out one.

After the second, Cass had two very quiet innings to follow where only one Lady King was able to move from a hit by the pitcher.

“That’s something we are going to have to work on,” said Cass coach Jennifer Scott, “getting the hits we need rather than the ones they give us.”

As mentioned, defense was another area that coach Scott claimed needed work as Cass heads into its final stretch of the season.

While some solid pitching in the third inning from Charlie Nolen and a successful double play by Brittany Cunningham and Emilee McCoy gave Cass some life, a number of errors  led to an eventual score by Logan’s Sydney Thompson in the sixth put Cass even farther behind.

The Berries were able to finish off the game in the seventh as Cass’ relief pitcher, Lawson, allowed four singles and the chance for Logan’s Kristie Flora and Emily Prentice to score and ensure the win for the Berries.

Alexus Rennewanz had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Berries. Rowe had a double and single.

Cass’ record moves to 12-9. The Lady Kings will play again, for their senior night, tonight against Northwestern at 4:30 p.m. to conclude Mid-Indiana Conference play.

The Berries travel to Marion tonight to conclude North Central Conference play.