FLOYDS KNOBS — Jennings County couldn’t find a way to break through Floyd Central starting pitcher Morgan Harper for the first four innings in Friday night’s Hoosier Hills Conference softball final.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, rain came and delayed the game for over an hour. When play resumed, the Panthers finally gathered momentum, but it wasn’t enough as they fell to the Highlanders 3-1.
Jennings coach Kendall Wildey said that it just came down to Floyd Central taking advantage of more opportunities.
“Floyd Central had timed their hits at the right moments,” Wildey said. “We left eight runners stranded for the game. We just couldn’t get anything going after the initial hit.”
Harper allowed eight hits and one run to help the Highlanders (18-4) get the win.
“I have to give Morgan credit,” Widley said. “She was pitching balls away from us so we couldn’t get any solid contact. It prevented us from hitting the balls in the direction we wanted to hit them.”
Panthers starting pitcher Lisa McIntosh didn’t have her best night. She surrendered 10 hits and three runs.
“None of my pitches were working for me tonight,” McIntosh said. “Floyd Central is a pretty good hitting team, and they were hitting everything I threw at them tonight.”
“I didn’t think she was as sharp as she normally is from what I saw,” Wildey said. “She probably lost focus once they starting gathering hits against her. Her balls that she threw were not dropping down as much. Neither was her curveball. She wasn’t getting much movement on her throws as she does most of time.”
The Highlanders would score the first run of the game in the second inning when Katelin Dreher led off with a double. She would eventually score off of a Taylor Castleberry RBI-groundout to first. Dreher would knock in an RBI-double of her own to score Harper for a 2-0 lead when the rain starting moving in.
Once play resumed in the bottom of the fourth, Floyd Central managed to score another run when Castleberry scored off of a sacrifice fly.
The best offensive output for Jennings (19-5) came in the fifth. Kyndyl Olds got things going with a double. After advancing on a groundout, McIntosh delivered a single to score Olds to cut the deficit 3-1.
“We didn’t do a bad job hitting in that inning,” Olds said. “We just have to do a better job at figuring out how we could string the hits more consecutively together.”