PC girls tie one softball game, lose three to Crawford County

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By Kevin Koelling, Managing Editor

LEOPOLD - Perry Central Junior High girls tied one and lost another softball game at home against Crawford County Saturday, then lost two more on that team's field the following Monday.

Kristy Brumfield pitched the entire first Saturday game, which stopped when time expired at five innings with each team holding six runs, according to Coach Greg Gibson. Brumfield struck out five batters, walked four and gave up two hits, he said.

Brumfield, Hannah Harpenau and Sydney Goffinet each got two hits. Harpenau reached second base on one of them, and the others were singles.

"We had eight hits for the game as a team," Gibson said. "That's one of our best for the year."

Miranda Claise struck out three and walked three as starting pitcher in the second game, which Perry Central lost 21-4, the coach reported. Harpenau struck out one batter and walked two after relieving her, then Goffinet took over for an identical result.

At the plate, Goffinet was 2-for-3 and got two singles of the team's four hits.

Gibson said the girls' biggest problem was too many errors late in the game. Although they performed better earlier in the game, he said, "they got tired the last couple of innings."

The girls lost their first game at Crawford County Monday 11-1. They achieved four hits, with Morgan Richardson going 2-for-2, both singles.

Brumfield pitched the first three innings, striking out six batters. Claise took over to pitch the last inning and walked one, but didn't give up any hits, the coach said.

Brooke Litherland had the only hit for Perry Central in the final game, which handed them a 9-1 loss. Claise pitched all four innings, striking out four players and giving up four hits.

The team will host Orleans beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, then go up against Mitchell starting at 9 a.m. Saturday in a PLAC junior-high tournament at Paoli.

"We've been playing a lot better," Gibson said about the team's prospects in the tourney. "We've been hitting a lot better and our pitching is more consistent. If we can win the first game, anything can happen after that."