Perry Central sweeps Cannelton

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Sports Editor

LEOPOLD—Morgan Richardson hit an inside-the-park home run in each game as Perry Central swept Cannelton 10-0 and 12-6 in a girls softball doubleheader Wednesday.
Richardson hit an inside-the-park homer to deep center field in the third inning of the first game to give the Commodores a 2-0 lead.
It came right after Ashley Guillaume hit a triple to left and scored on a wild pitch.
The Commodores added two more runs in the fourth inning, which was highlighted by a Hannah Edwards double.
They finished the game by the 10-run rule with six runs in the fifth on four hits, three errors and two walks.
Cannelton got back-to-back singles from Allicyn Garrett and Sammie James in the fourth. Makala Kellems also reached base on a fielder’s choice on which the Commodores did not record an out, loading the bases with one out.
But those were the only hits Perry Central pitcher Miranda Claise gave up the entire game, and she struck out the next two to escape the jam.
She struck out nine and walked one in five innings to pick up her ninth win of the season.
“She had a little bit more velocity than we’ve seen the last couple of games,” said Cannelton Coach Brian Garrett. “She’s improved tremendously since I first saw her pitch.”
Perry Central had seven hits, with Lexi Aders going 2 for 3.
“We were more aggressive at the plate than we’ve been lately and it paid off,” said Perry Central Coach Mark Rothgerber.
Sammie James pitched a complete game for Cannelton, striking out three and walking one.
James is basically Cannelton’s only pitcher, so she also threw a complete game in the second game. She seemed to tire in it, as she walked seven and threw four wild pitches.
Perry Central had 10 hits in that game, with Richardson, Brittany Parker, Edwards, Brooke Litherland and Sydney Goffinet each getting two.
Richardson led off the first inning with an inside-the-park homer to right field. That was the Commodores’ only extra-base hit.
Mikah Hemmings and Payton Reed each had two of Cannelton’s five hits, with Reed getting a double.
Ashley Guillaume pitched the first five innings for Perry Central to get the win. She gave up two hits and four walks and struck out 11.
Cannelton committed three errors that game but also made some nice plays.
Third baseman Taylor Lawalin “made a heck of a play on that line drive, catching it and dragging her foot across the base to get the double play,” said Garrett.
Perry Central improved to 10-10 while Cannelton fell to 2-7.
Second-Game Linescore
    r    h    e
Cannelton    040      000   2   -  6    5    2
Perry Central    440      031   x   -12    10    3
   James and Hemmings; Guillaume, H. Childers (6) and Litherland. W-Guillaume (1-1). L-James(2-9).
    2B-Reed, Can. HR-Richardson, PC.