Starting five freshmen, Columbus East softball coach Rusty Brummett wasn’t sure how his team would react following a 12-0 loss to Bloomington North on Thursday.
But the Olympians rebounded in a big way. They put up 20 runs and 25 hits Saturday in sweeping a doubleheader from Bloomington South 9-7 and 11-5.
“I was pleased with the way our kids bounced back from Thursday night,” Brummett said. “We need to do a better job of putting teams away, but we’ll get there. We’re still young, and we’re still learning.”
Becca Carter went 3 for 4 with two triples in the opener. Jordan Johnston went 2 for 4 with two RBIs, Haley Engelking went 2 for 4 and winning pitcher Brooke Valles had a double and two RBIs.
In the second game, Johnston went 3 for 4 with two RBIs and went the distance in picking up the win for the Olympians (3-1). Engelking went 3 for 4 with two doubles and two RBIs, Carissa Bombardiere went 3 for 4. Cassie Claycamp went 2 for 3 with a double, Kamryn Cantu went 2 for 4 with a double and Kendra Pastrick clubbed a three-run homer.
“We’re putting the ball in play,” Brummett said. “We’re doing some stuff right. We’re moving the runners around. I’m real pleased with we’re putting two or three hits together.”
Dogs fall to Whiteland
Whiteland scored 19 times in the first three innings of the first game and went on to hand Columbus North a 21-4, five-inning loss. The Warriors then took the second game 13-2 in five innings.
Brooke Bruin had two hits, including a double, in each game for the Bull Dogs (0-6). Bruin also scored two runs in each game.
Bailey Lofton and Lilly Hurt each had a double in the opener.
South Dearborn edges Eagles
AURORA — South Dearborn scored the game’s lone run in the third inning to hand Brown County a 1-0 season-opening loss.
Emma Summers threw a four-hitter and struck out seven for the Eagles.
Jets split with Henryville
HENRYVILLE — Hauser won the first game 5-4 before falling 9-4 in the second game of its season-opening doubleheader at Henryville.
Sam Meek and Jacob Luken combined on a four-hitter in the opener. Jon Hatton went 2 for 4 with a two-run double, and Cameron Hartog had a triple and three RBIs.
Meek went 3 for 3 in the second game. Hartog added a three-run double.
Eagles sweep North Decatur
GREENSBURG — Brown County fired back-to-back one-hitters in sweeping North Decatur 12-2 in five innings and 7-2.
Grant Suding and Dylan Carney combined on the one-hitter in the opener. In the second game, Bryce Walker went 6 2/3 innings, and Jake Riehl recorded the final out.
Noah Ryan had a home run and four RBIs for the Eagles (2-1) in the opener. Walker and Caleb Popp both had a hit in each game.
Jennings splits pair
NORTH VERNON — Jennings County scored six times in the bottom of the sixth to overcome a 5-2 deficit, then withstood a two-run Bloomington South rally in the top of the seventh to preserve an 8-7 second-game win and salvage a doubleheader split to open the season.
Bloomington South won the opener 3-0. Jennings was limited to three hits.
In the second game, Johnny Waggoner had two RBIs and picked up the win in relief. Cody Wilson went 2 for 4 and earned the save. Bret Sawyer had a double and three RBIs.