Raiders top Jeeps in high-scoring contestApril 26, 2021
By JIMMY LAFAKIS
HUNTINGBURG — The beauty of putting the ball in play lies in the ability to apply pressure on the opponent. Southridge (6-6) and Northeast Dubois (8-5) adhered to that theory during Monday evening’s county rivalry game.
The teams combined for 18 runs in Southridge’s 11-7 victory. The game began with a wave of excitement — after the Jeeps tallied three runs in the first inning, the Raiders responded with four.
“Any time a visiting team puts up some runs in the first inning, it always puts pressure on the home team,” Southridge head coach Jason Songer said. “I thought answering with four was big for us in order to stay in the game.”
Back-and-forth action throughout the middle frames set the stage for an eventful ending. The Jeeps churned ahead and seized the lead. As impactful as the first inning was, the bottom of the sixth loomed even larger. Southridge junior Myah Montgomery dug her heels in the batter’s box with bases loaded and no outs on the board.
Her single to right field forced a 7-7 tie.
“I hope that does a lot for her confidence,” Songer said. “We know she can hit. For her to come up with bases loaded and get a single is just great.”
Raiders sophomore Emily Ferguson knocked in a run with a single before the Raiders added three more insurance runs. A combination of successful small ball and errors cemented the five-run inning.
“You have to pick out why you got beat,” Jeeps head coach Dion Terwiske said. “You have to go after it, attack it and get better at it.”
Southridge senior Kennedy Nalley initiated a slick double play in the top of the seventh inning. Songer said the Raiders fed off the positive energy and needed the comeback win for their confidence.
“Especially when we have two strikes, we want to shorten up our swings and put the ball in play,” he said. “We have a lot of speed. If we can put the ball in play, that puts pressure on the defense. They look up and see a girl three-quarters of the way down the line. We want to put the ball in play and just see what happens.”
Neither team recorded a strikeout, and senior Briley King earned the win on the mound for Southridge. She needed to overcome an efficient Northeast Dubois offense — the Jeeps employed aggressive approaches at the plate and finished with nine hits. Northeast Dubois sophomores Grace Lueken and Rhylan Kalb finished with two hits and a double apiece.
“Throughout the lineup, everybody contributed and got hits,” Terwiske said. “That’s what we like to see — production from one through nine. I thought we got that tonight.”
Northeast Dubois returns to play tonight at Loogootee.
“We’ll turn around, play a good team and get back at it again,” Terwiske said. “There’s no sense in sitting here thinking about it, worrying about it or anything like that. We’ll just go get it again.”
Southridge will also be back in action this evening. The Raiders play at Evansville Bosse.
“We’re hoping we can get a little bit of a win streak going,” Songer said. “They’re going to be a competitive team for us. We just hope we can travel there, get a win and get ready for Pike Central on Thursday.”
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