In a wild game with multiple rallies, good pitching and some standout defensive plays, Logansport defeated Lewis Cass 6-5 in softball Thursday at Fincher Field.
The Berries (10-1) overcame a 4-0 deficit in the win in a game that wasn’t decided until ace Gabby McIntire escaped a bases-loaded, one-out rally by the Kings (5-5) in the top of the seventh inning with the tying run on third base.
“The difference was they came up with a couple clutch hits to take the lead and we had the same situation, bases loaded, and we didn’t,” Cass coach Scott Rouch said.
The Kings opened the game showing why they’ve won a Class 2A state championship every even year the past two tries. Mallory Cummings hit an RBI double and later came around to score on an error off the bat of Sydney DeHaven to give them an early 2-0 lead. They plated two more in the second when the Berries made an error on a routine third out that allowed Sarah Robertson to score before Ellie Cain followed with an RBI single.
The Berries got on the board in the fourth on a two-out, two-run single by Madyson Price to make it 4-2. Logan then scored four runs in the fifth that included three Cass errors and a controversial call that went the Berries’ way.
After a Cass throwing error helped put runners on second and third, Josie Frye tied the game at 4-all with a two-run single. The next batter, Erin Angle, appeared to ground out to short. But Logan appealed that Cass’ first baseman’s foot was off the bag. After a conference by the two umpires, it was decided that her foot was indeed off the bag and Angle was awarded first. Rouch was visibly irate with the reversed call, and instead of two outs and a runner on second, there was one out with runners on first and second.
“My only complaint was the first base umpire should’ve never have asked the home plate umpire because he was down watching third base,” Rouch said. “He doesn’t have any better view than the guy who’s making the call to change something. ... ‘If it looked like she was off the base isn’t good enough for me from where you’re standing down here from third base.’”
Said Logan coach Jim Bacon: “Our first base coach [Heather Pearson] said she did have her foot off the bag. She’s the one who wanted to appeal and she saw the play and it was off the bag according to her.”
Following another Cass error and a fielder’s choice out at home, Gabby McIntire delivered a two-out, two-run single that put Logan ahead 6-4.
The Kings rallied in the seventh, as Cain had her second RBI base hit of the game that brought them to within 6-5, and the runners advanced to second and third on the throw home. The Berries then intentionally walked Cummings with one out to load the bases.
McIntire got DeHaven to ground to third, Frye fielded smoothly and threw home to get speedy Kortney Mayhill for the force for two outs. Then on a 1-2 pitch to Brook Hill, McIntire delivered a changeup that was lined back up the middle that she was able to stab for the third and final out, ending the ballgame.
“That was a very, very good team,” Bacon said of the Kings. “The girls came back and didn’t get down, and we’ve just got to continue to do that. If you get down you’ve got to fight back.”
McIntire (8-1) went the distance on the mound, allowing five runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks, striking out two. Kelsey Ullom took the loss, allowing six runs, three earned, on eight hits in 4 2-3 innings, striking out two. Morgan Lowe relieved and allowed one hit against the first batter she faced — McIntire’s go-ahead single — in an inning-and-a-third.
Bailey McIntire and Gabby McIntire both had two hits in the contest, and Bailey McIntire scored two runs.
Mayhill had two stolen bases and scored two runs, and she turned in some defensive gems in center field with a shoestring catch and two running catches that were near the fence.
Rouch saw good signs from his squad that wants to continue its state title streak against a Class 4A team that has its own state title aspirations.
“We’re getting better, we’re getting there,” he said.
Plymouth 9, Logansport 5
Logan dropped to 4-6 with a loss in Plymouth.
The Berries started the game off well but weren’t able to keep up with the Pilgrims, who out-hit them 15-8.
Jon Tierney had three hits for Logan. Nate Champion and Jake McCord each had RBI doubles. Tanner Prentice, Matt Metz and Alec Ely each pitched.
“They had a lot of offense. Our defense was OK, they just amassed more runs,” Logan coach Jim Turner said.
Cass 4, Peru 1
The Kings improved to 5-0 and 2-0 in the Mid-Indiana Conference with a win in Peru.
Cass swept the singles matches, as Tiffany Skarda defeated Lauren Conner 6-2, 6-3, Jaclyn Hyman defeated Emily West 6-4, 6-2 and Sharaya Woodmansee defeated Jayna Huber 7-5, 1-6, 6-3.
Cass took the No. 1 doubles match, as Abby Ropes and Ashley Johnson defeated Alexis Ward and Savannah Harvey 6-4, 6-1. Peru’s lone point was at No. 2 doubles, where Jessie Eckerley and Erin Murphy defeated Jillian Bower and Casey Robertson 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.
“This was a big win for us,” Cass coach Stu Engle said. “Peru has quality athletes and an excellent program. The conference is very strong this year and every win we can pick up is important.”
Cass 76, Western 45
The Kings ran well in winning 11 events against a very strong Western team.
“In the past, they beat us up a little bit,” Cass coach Grace Scott said. “It was a great win for us.”
Emily Beckley and Ashley Baber led Cass as a triple winners. Beckley won in the high jump (5-0) and 100 dash (:13.1). Baber was tops in the 3,200 run (12:52) and 1,600 run (5:56).
Emily Robertson and Katlyn Johnson were double winners for the Kings. Robertson took first in the 800 run (2:36), and Johnson won the long jump (16-0).
Beckley and Johnson joined Mariah Swartz and Taylor Miller in winning the 400 relay (:53.0), and Baber and Emily Robertson teamed up with Breanne Robertson and Jade Sarver in winning the 3,200 relay (10:54).
Cass’ Kassy Sprinkle won the shot put (36-1). Rhi Sanders took first in discus (104-4), and Kelsey Thieke took first in the 100 hurdles (:17.6).
Pioneer 70, Maconaquah 62
The Panthers remained undefeated with the win in Bunker Hill.
Nate Grigsby was a quadruple winner on the night for Pioneer, winning the 200 dash (:23.3), the long jump (20-1) and high jump (5-8). Bryce Kiser was a triple winner, winning the shot put (47-3) and discus (148-0).
Grigsby and Kiser joined Aron Holcomb and Joey Miller in winning the 400 relay (:47.4). Miller, Matt Dorris, Riley Thimlar and Logan Brock won the 1,600 relay (3:35).
Braxton Baker won the 110 hurdles (:16.4), Holcomb took the 100 dash (:11.4) and Dorris won the 400 dash (:51.9).
Western 99, Cass 33
For Cass, Jake Rouch won the discus with a heave to 143-2, and backed that up with a top showing in the shot put (48-6).
Nate Wilson was a winner in the 3,200 in 10:51, and teamed with Matt Lane, Chris Laudenschlager and Josh Head to win the 3,200 relay in 9:20.
Cass 160, Eastern 220
Cass’ Kalen Linback was the medalist with a 3-over par 38 in a win at Logansport Golf Club.
Dillon Mund and David Watterson each fired a 39 for the Kings, Jake Rush had a 44 and Brandon Weaver added a 47.
Rossville 188, Pioneer 191
Pioneer’s Mitchell Williams was the co-medalist with Rossville’s Anthony Zachman, as each carded a 43 at Pond View Golf Course.
Also for the Panthers (1-3), Casey Franklin had a 47, Nathan Kistler 50, Eric Simons 51 and Ethan Groff 52.
Tri-Central 180, Carroll 189
Aaron Spesard led the Cougars with a 45. He was followed by Tim Ruby (47), Trey Overholser (48), Trevor Ayres (49) and Andrew Beaver (54).
Kenny Hetzler contributed to this report.