Osgood Journal Sports
June 12, 2007
Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagle run
ends short of the mark
Gary Franklin - Sports Editor
The Class 1A Jac-Cen-Del Lady Eagles Varsity Softball Team
members were fortunate in their season's effort to earn the
opportunity to play at the level of Semi-State on Friday night,
That effort put them just one game away from the big prize,
the State Championship game scheduled on Saturday, June 9,
at Ben Davis High School.
Unfortunately, the Lady Eagles were contained in their Friday
evening game by the Indianapolis Lutheran Lady Saints, with
a 10 run in 5 innings rule at a 10-0 score.
The Lady Eagles were designated the visitor on the score card
during their game held at the Indianapolis Hamilton Southeastern
High School, a Class 5A school.
The Lady Saints went on to the championship game on Saturday
and claimed a 9 inning, 1-0, victory for the State Championship
Class 1A Title.
The Lady Eagle game
Valorie Wagner (center fielder) opened the game at bat for
the Lady Eagles with a single. Wagner was called out as she
stole second base. Kristen Hicks (catcher) was retired by
a strike out. Kiersten Young (short stop) flew out to the
Lady Saints pitcher to end their at bat scoreless.
Pitcher Abby Lauber and the Lady Eagles shut down the first
three batters they faced. A fly out to Abby Rohlfing at first
base, a strike out, and a fly out to Wagner in center made
quick work of the first inning with no score for either team.
Lauber led off the top of the second with a fly out to the
short stop. Janine Huff (third baseman) struck out. Kaylin
Ploeger (right fielder) singled, but designated batter Kara
Harlemert struck out to retire the Lady Eagles second inning
hopes of scoring.
The Lady Saints drew a walk, then hit into a FC 1-3. Lauber
stretched their next batter to a full count before ringing
up the strike out for the second out. A 6-3 fielders choice
ended the second with the game yet scoreless.
In the top of the third, Lady Eagle Abby Rohlfing went down
to strikes. Carissa Simon (left fielder) was hit by the pitch,
putting her on first base. Wagner flew out to the second baseman
up the line behind first. Hicks flew out to center, ending
The Lady Saints put a run on the board in the home half of
the inning. A 4-3 ground out, led to a walk. A stolen base
and a throwing error on the catcher put the runner on third.
A 4-3 ground out allowed a run to cross the plate, and a 4-3
ground out ended the inning, but the Lady Saints were up 1-0.
The Lady Eagle top half of the fourth found Young popping
out to the catcher, Lauber struck out, and Huff singled. However,
Ploeger flew out to the pitcher.
The Lady Saints erupted in the bottom of the fourth for 5
runs before the Lady Eagles could shut them down. Those runs
were the result of a batter hit by a pitch followed by a walk,
then a single. The first out was by Huff at third unassisted.
Passed balls and errors led to another walk driving Lady Saints
across the plate. A FC 1-6, an E6, and a fly to Wagner finally
curtailed the madness.
The Lady Eagles Harlemert, Rohlfing and Carissa Simon all
struck out in the top of the fifth.
Lauber walked the lead off batter for the Lady Saints in the
bottom of the inning, and an error by Huff put 2 on before
a fly out to catcher Hicks was scored. A pair of wild pitches
eluding the catcher and a single and a walk led to a FC 4-2
error allowing 4 runs to cross the plate initiating the 5th
inning 10 run rule to end the game.
The Lady Eagles and their fans did not expect such an outcome,
but should hold their heads high as they had a good season
with many more high moments to remember than low ones.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
The Lady Eagles and
coaches posed for a send off photo before heading to
Indy for their 2007 Girls Softball Semi-State game.
Eagle batters get to Lawson
Gary Franklin, Sports Editor
The Jac-Cen-Del Eagle boys' varsity baseball team went to
battle in regional action against the Hauser Jets at JCDHS
on Tuesday, June 5.
Senior right hander Justin Huff pitched to the Jets in the
top of the first inning, getting the Jets out 1-2-3. A pitcher
to first play, a fly out to right field and a ground out to
short thrown to first for their third.
Blake Sutton, the Eagle short stop, was the lead off batter.
He nailed Lawson for a single to get the game off to a positive
start for JCD. Justin Huff, as the Eagle starting pitcher,
batted second. Huff flew out to center field. Senior catcher
Daniel Leonetti was hit by Lawson while at the plate which
advanced Sutton to second. Tucker Brown as the Eagle first
baseman went down on strikes and Eagle right fielder Zach
Simon flew out to first for the third out, leaving 2 runners
Huff delivered the Jets lead off batter in the second a walk,
but got their second batter to fly out to second baseman David
Busch, holding the runner on first. Raisor short a single
past third baseman Matt Gehl for the first Jets' hit of the
game. Dean followed with a single to load the bases. Huff
gave up his second walk of the game, driving home the first
score for the Jets. Clark's shot fielded by Huff for an unassisted
ground out, allowed another Jet's score to cross the plate.
A Sutton to first fielders choice retired the Jets with 2
LOB but they had scored a pair in the process.
Down 2-0, the Eagles went down 1-2-3 via strike outs to Brandon
and Matt Gehl and a fly out to right field by Busch. The Busch
shot looked promising off the bat, but was ran down.
In the top of the third inning, Huff gave up a walk to lead
off batter Thayer. He was however to get the next three batters
to fly out. Two were fielded by Eric Horan in left field and
the third captured by Brandon Gehl in center field.
The Eagles sent Eric Horan to the plate in their at bat. Horan
struck out. Sutton grounded out to third. Justin Huff nailed
Lawson for a single, but Leonetti went down on strikes to
end their threat.
Huff hit the Jets lead off batter with a pitch to put him
on first. A sac by Dean moved him to scoring position with
one out. The second out was off a fly out to Sutton at short.
Clark singled to drive Raisor home for 3-0 Jets. Raisor stole
third base and Huff hit Miller with a pitch putting runners
on the corners with 2 out. This also forced Eagle Coach David
Bradshaw to make the pitching change.
Tucker Brown was sent to the mound and Huff was put on first
base. Brown's first victim hit into a 6-4 FC to end the Jet
Entering the top of the fifth inning, down 3-0, the Eagles
quickly were caught with 2 down. Matt Gehl grounded out second
to first and Eric Horan struck out for his second of the game.
The Eagles Sutton reached on an error. Huff drew a walk to
put runners on first and second with no outs. Daniel Leonetti
blasted Lawson for a shot hitting the base of the center field
fence, driving home both Sutton and Huff with a stand up double.
Brown grounded out to the pitcher to end the inning, JCD 2-3
The Eagles, behind Browns lead, shut the Jets down in their
sixth and seventh inning at bat. However the Eagles were also
unable to score in their final two at bats and fell by a final
Eagle pitching vs Hauser
Justin Huff -
pitched for 3 2/3 innings and faced 19 batters. He was charged
with all 3 Jets runs. The Jets had 3 earned runs on 3 hits.
Huff had no strike outs, walked 3 and hit 2 batters.
Tucker Brown -
pitched for 3 1/3 innings and faced 12 batters. Brown allowed
no runs on 3 Jets hits. Brown collected 2 strike outs and
gave up no walks.
GARY FRANKLIN PHOTO
Eagle Brandon Gehl just misses Lawsons pitch as it
slides past the bat to the Jets catcher.
Raider hopes are dashed
following rain delayed beginning
Gary Franklin, Sports Editor
The South Ripley Raider baseball team headed for their regional
competition following a stirring send off, only to arrive
in time for the game to virtually be postponed to the next
evening, June 5, because of rain.
Adding insult to the mix, Wednesday, June 5, the next evening,
was the scheduled ORVC Spring Sports and Awards Banquet at
the Pines Restaurant of Madison.
Four of the players, Josh Cumberworth, Michael Fear, Cory
Yeomans and BJ Sieverding as well as Coach Scott Holdsworth
were to be special guests as ORVC Baseball Team Champs and
Holdsworth as Coach of the Year.
Thanks to information attained from Raider followers, a report
of the game became available that it could be shared.
The South Ripley Raider's baseball team included 6 seniors,
Josh Cumberworth, Michael Fear, Tim Burcham, Chandler Stearns,
Cory Yeomans and Eric Landwehr. Fellows who had experienced
Semi-State action as juniors and fully intended to reach that
level of play again, hoping to go further.
A fine season kept their hopes and mission on track, but was
fatally derailed at their regional game against the Providence
Pioneers of Clarksville.
Raider center fielder Russ Steinhauer led off their attack
but grounded out to first. BJ Sieverding flew out to deep
left field fore the second out, and Michael Fear flew out
to center, ending their opening at bat.
The Raiders made short work of the Pioneers opening at bat
with a ground out to Sieverding at short, a fly out to Kyle
Patrick at first base and a Fear pitched strike out.
In the second inning, Raider right fielder Cory Yeomans struck
out. Eric Landwehr reached on an error by the Pioneer short
stop. Jared Keck (third baseman) moved the runner with a sacrifice
fly. Landwehr scored the Raider run off a triple by Raider
catcher Josh Cumberworth. The inning ended with Cumberworth
stranded on third when second baseman, Brian Thomas struck
The Pioneer answer to the Raider run came in the bottom of
the second for a 1-1 tie after two complete innings of play.
An error charged to the short stop allowed a Pioneer on the
base path. A single followed, then a throw out by Raider catcher
Cumberworth to Keck at third base to nail the attempted steal.
A wild pitch allowed third to be taken which led to a walk
issued by pitcher Michael Fear. An error charged to Keck at
third allowed the runner to score and tied the game. Fear
collected a strike out for the second out of the inning leading
to a ground out, from short to first..
In the third inning, Raider designated hitter Thomas Welch,
led off. Welch drew the walk. Steinhauer flew out to center
field. A sacrifice bunt by Sieverding moved Welch to second
base but left the Raiders with 2 outs. Fear followed with
a ground out to second base, ending the inning and Raider
Fear struck the lead off batter of the Pioneers out to start
their third. That was followed by a single before a pair of
fielders choice ground outs to short stop, ending the inning.
Cory Yeomans led off for the Raiders in their fourth inning
at bat with a single. Landwehr flew out to center field, Keck
struck out , and Cumberworth advanced Yeomans to third with
his single. Thomas struck out, leaving two potential Raider
runs on base.
In the bottom half of the fourth inning, the Pioneers began
with a single. Fear fielded the ball for out #1, then gave
up a walk. A pair of fielders choice ground outs got the Raiders
out of the threatening scoring drive by the Pioneers.
The fifth inning for the Raiders ended with pop up to the
second baseman by Welch, and fly outs by Steinhauer to left
and Sieverding to center.
The Pioneer fifth ended in 1-2-3 as well, with a ground out
to Keck at third, a fly out to Patrick at first and an inning
ending grounder to Thomas at second. Five innings completed
and the score remained 1-1.
Fear popped up to the pitcher leading off in the Raider sixth.
Yeomans flew out to short stop. Landwehr and Keck singled
back to back, but Cumberworth flew out to deep center field
to end their at bat.
Fear delivered a strike out to open the Pioneer at bat in
the bottom of the sixth inning, however six batters, 5 hits,
a walk and 4 runs later, Coach Holdsworth brought Bj Sieverding
to the mound in relief from short stop. Sieverding collected
a strike out and retired the side with a ground out to Thomas.
With the damage done, the Raiders trailed 5-1, going into
the top of the 7th.
Following a Thomas fly out to right leading off the inning,
it looked bad for SR, but Welch was hit by a pitch, Steinhauer
walked and Sieverding singled bringing to bat Fear and Yeomans.
The Raider hopes with bases loaded ended when Fear struck
out and Yeomans grounded out to the pitcher.
Looks bad, then seems not so bad, then ends. Sometimes you
get the bear and then sometimes the bear gets you. Good job
Raiders. Hold your heads high.