Brown County tops Hauser for tournament title

NASHVILLE — Brown County softball coach Kevin Greve talked with his freshman pitcher, Emma Summers, about pitching while hitting well in the same game and she found a way to do that in the Brown County Invitational championship game.

“It seems like some games when she pitches, the hitting falls a little bit,” Greve said. “Then when she’s not pitching, her hitting comes back. Putting a whole game together today was good for her to see that she can hit well and pitch well in the same game.”

Summers allowed only one run and did not give up a hit until the fourth inning, and the Eagles beat Class A No. 2 Hauser 14-1. Summers went 3 for 4 with two doubles and four RBIs.

Aubrey Hollander’s two-run homer gave Brown County (7-3) its first runs of the game, and the Eagles kept on rolling. Hollander went 4 for 4 and had a triple hit to go along with her home run and three RBIs.

Whitney Clark went 4 for 5 with a two-run double and Azhia Morgan went 3 for 4. Adriana Kritzer went 2 for 5, and Allison Stogsdill had a two-run double in the seventh.

The only run for the Jets (7-2) came from Hailey Lange’s RBI-single in the fourth.

Both Tessa Sims and Shelby Fugate hit home runs in the Hauser’s 10-7 semifinal win against Brownstown Central. Sydney Schoen and Hailey Lange also had doubles.

“I saw some good things, but we have a lot of work to do,” Hauser coach Craig Sims said. “Obviously, we have to learn how to win ball games against better pitching. We didn’t do that.”

The Eagles beat Columbus North 8-6 in the first semifinal. Taylor Poling had two RBIs for the Eagles, while Myka Snyder had a triple and Clark had two doubles.

Hollander, Maddy Edds and Adriana Kritzer also had doubles.

Bailey Lofton went 3 for 4 with two home runs and five RBIs to lead the Bull Dogs.

North (0-10) fell to Brownstown Central 14-4 in the consolation game. Both Lofton and Sierra Norman had RBIs.

“We didn’t come back like I thought we would in the second game,” North coach Ron McDonald said. “The first game, we played really well against Brown County. We just made a lot of errors the second game.”

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Frank Bonner is a sports writer for The Republic. He can be reached at fbonner@therepublic.com or 812-379-5632.