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By LARRY GOFFINET
LEOPOLD—Brittany Parker drove in four runs as Perry Central beat Cannelton 25-4 in the first game of a girls softball doubleheader Thursday.
Autumn Lain had four hits and Madison Guillaume drove in five runs as Perry Central won the second game 17-4.
Perry Central had 13 hits in the first game, including three double, three triples, and an inside-the-park home run by Parker.
But the Commodores also benefited from 14 walks and eight Cannelton errors.
Cannelton starter Mollie Ingle walked 13 before being relieved by Mikah Hemmings in the third inning.
“Mollie’s thrown a lot of pitches the last two days (the Bulldogs played Crawford County the day before),” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett.
As for the Bulldogs’ problems on defense, Garrett said, “It’s going to be a long process. We’re getting there. We’ve just got a lot of kids with no experience.”
Perry Central scored five runs on one infield hit in the first inning thanks to six walks and two errors.
Parker hit a two-run double and Lexi Aders hit a two-run single in Perry Central’s 13-run second inning.
Cannelton got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning when Allicyn Garrett hit a two-run homer over the center-field fence.
Brook Blankenship added an RBI single later in the inning and Makala Kellems had one the next inning.
Those were the Bulldogs’ only hits that game, but they struck out only two times.
Miranda Claise pitched two perfect innings to start the game for Perry Central and left with an 18-0 lead. But reliever Hunter Childers got the win since the starter has to work the majority of the innings to get a win.
Childers gave up three hits and three walks and struck out one in three innings.
Besides Parker, Morgan Richardson, Skyly Cum-mings, Brooke Litherland, Ashley Guillaume and Aders each had two hits for Perry Central that game.
Childers pitched the first three innings of the second five-inning game to earn another win.
She gave up five hits and no walks and struck out four.
Ashley Guillaume pitched two perfect innings in relief, striking out five in a row.
“Ashley pitched real well,” said Perry Central Coach Mark Rothgerber. “We’re going to pitch her some more, but it’s hard to take her off third base.”
Hemmings pitched a complete game for Cannelton, giving up 11 hits and no walks and striking out one.
Lain got Perry Central’s offense going with a two-run triple to left-center field in the first inning. She added an RBI double later in the inning.
Garrett and Jordyn Vogt each had two of Cannelton’s five hits.
The sweep gave Perry Central an 11-4 record, tying the school record for wins in a season set last year.
Cannelton fell to 0-5.
r h e
Cannelton 000 31 - 4 3 8
Perry Central 5(13)4 3x - 25 13 1
Ingle, Hemmings (3) and Hemmings, Ingle (3), Garrett (4); Claise, Childers (3) and Litherland, Lain (4). W-Childers (1-0). L-Ingle (0-4).
2B-Parker, PC; M. Guillaume, PC; Cummings, PC. 3B-Goffinet, PC; Litherland, PC; Cummings, PC. HR-Garrett, Can.; Parker, PC.
r h e
Cannelton 202 00 - 4 5 10
Perry Central 904 4x - 17 11 3
Hemmings (3) and Ingle, Kellems (3); Childers, A. Guillaume (3) and Lain. W-Childers (2-0). L-Kellems (0-1).
2B-Garrett, Can.; Lain, PC; Cummings, PC. 3B-Lain, PC.