The Versailles Republican
June 4, 2009
Milan Lady Indian softball
team delivers "BIG" in 2009
Gary Franklin, Sports
One can correctly assume by the cheek to cheek wide grin
on the face of Milan Lady Indian Head Softball Coach Milton
Teer, that things have gone well for him and his team
How well, one might ask? The Lady Indian Varsity squad
clinched the ORVC Conference Championship Title, delivered
Coach Teer the "ORVC Coach of the Year" honor
and as of Saturday evening, May 30, won their IHSAA Class
2A Sectional #44 Championship Title bid over the Switzerland
County Lady Pacers by the score of 8-2. Adding more sweetness
to the victory was the fact that the Lady Indians actually
defeated the home tournament hosting SC team on their
own ball field in Vevay.
The Sectional begins
Day One - Game One
Leading up to the championship contest, the Milan Lady
Indians opened the tournament with a game against the
Hauser Lady Jets on Tuesday, May 26. (The tournament onset
scheduled to begin on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, was
forced into postponement due to weather conditions.) The
Lady Indian's regular season scheduled game against the
Lady Jets was cancelled due to weather conditions and
was not made up. Therefore the teams met on the sectional
field as the first time to face one another this year.
The Lady Indians managed to hang on to and win by a final
score of 3-1 over the Lady Jets, slating them for second
round action against the bye receiving Southwestern Hanover
Day Two - Game One
On Wednesday evening, May 28, the hosting Switzerland
County Lady Pacers opened the second day's game action
in a battle with the North Decatur Lady Chargers. The
SC Lady Pacers captured the win by a final score of 4-0,
earning the right to advance.
Day Two - Game Two
The second game featured the Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers
against the South Ripley Lady Raiders. Even though taking
a 5-1 lead into the top of the seventh inning looked to
be a safe bet with the Lady Raiders, that would not be
the case as they fell to the Lady Tigers after 8 innings
by the score of 5-6.
Day Three - Game One
The Milan Lady Indians and the Southwestern Hanover Lady
Rebels met for battle on Saturday, May 30 at high noon.
With the chance to advance to the championship contest
on the line, the Lady Indians took the Lady Rebels out
of contention by the final score of 7-0.
Day Three - Game Two
The hosting Switzerland County Lady Pacers and the Lawrenceburg
Lady Tigers played to a 0-0 tie in regulation action,
forcing an extra inning to determine a winner. The Lady
Pacers hung on to score and earned a ticket into the home
hosted championship event.
The Championship Game
Eager to prove themselves worthy, the Milan Lady Indians
went to work and earned a decisive 8-2 victory over the
opposing SC Lady Pacers, earning an invitation to play
in Regional action on Saturday, June 6, at Indianapolis
Scecina HS against Lapel HS.
Lapel HS holds a 12-11 season record to date while the
Lady Indians stand at 24-4. In the bottom of the bracket,
hosting Scecina stands at 25-4 with their opponent Shenandoah
@ 17-7. Scecina and Shenandoah are to square off at noon.
The Lady Indian Regional opener is to commence at 10 a.m.,
with the winner slated to play at 4 p.m. for the Regional
We wish the Lady Indians continued success on their Class
2A extended season pursuit.
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Eagles win '09 Baseball Sectional #60 Championship Title
Gary Franklin, Sports
Eagles met with a gratifying Coach David Bradshaw, immediately
following their fourth straight IHSAA Class 1A Baseball
Sectional Championship Title win, on Tuesday evening,
June 2, at the Shawe HS baseball field.
The Eagle coach has been one of the blessed souls in '09
sports with a IHSAA State Basketball Championship earlier
in the school year and now an opportunity once again to
advance his Eagle baseball club to extended season action.
The '09 Eagle baseball team roster includes four senior
players: Blake Sutton, Gerald Hardesty, Jacob Gaither
and Craig Houk, of which Sutton and Hardesty have been
a part of the consecutive four year run on Sectional Championship
teams in each of those years.
This years season began with extended basketball action
running into legal baseball practice time, followed by
rain that kept practice to a minimum at best, then pretty
unusual conclusions to Eagle baseball games.
Many times in gist, Coach Bradshaw would tell his players
he was going to label them his "Rain Team".
Seems if it wasn't raining literally, it was raining baseballs
on the Eagle defensive efforts.
Eventually, as the season progressed and the team got
fully into the "Swing of Things", so to speak,
they turned the "I don't know year into the Yes we
Can" season that has rightfully grown to become an
expected tradition for Coach Bradshaw coached teams of
extend season action.
Next on the Eagle agenda is a trip to Shakamak High School
on Saturday, June 6, where they will face Regional opponent
Edinburgh Lancers in the second game of the day opening
at 1 p.m. The Regional site opener is to get underway
at 11 a.m. at Shakamak HS between the hosting Shakamak
Lakers and the winner of the Ind, Luth. held sectional
sites (Ind. Luth vs University).
The Regional Championship is set for an 8 p.m. opening
Sectional #60 action
The 2009 IHSAA Class 1A Baseball Sectional #60 was hosted
by Shawe Memorial High School beginning with a game between
the hosting Hilltoppers and the South Decatur Cougars
on Saturday, May 30.
The Cougars earned the 7-0 victory to advance to round
Day 2, Game One
Sectional #60 continued on Monday, June 1 with a match
between the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles and the Oldenburg Academy
Twisters, resulting in an Eagle win by the final score
of 11-3 over the Twisters for a spot on the championship
Day 2, Game Two
Mondays' second game featured the Rising Sun Shiners against
the South Decatur Cougars, with the Shiners earning the
right to advance to the championship game with their 7-2
The championship game between the Jac-Cen-Del Eagles and
the Rising Sun Shiners was played on Tuesday evening,
June 2, with the Eagles advancing to the Regional at Shakamak
Coach David Bradshaw selected his left handed Eagle hurler
Derek Lunsford for the games opening duties from the mound,
but as the visiting team on the score board, they would
first take a tour through the batters box.
Senior Eagle Blake Sutton led off for the Eagles with
a single, followed by a Derek Lunsford hit. With two on
base, Shane Adams went down on strikes for the first out.
Senior Craig Houk drilled a hard shot through the right
side of the infield to drive home both base runners for
the early 2-0 JCD lead. The Eagles would not score again
until the top of the fourth inning when Designated Hitter
Zachary Kappes' single led to a Blake Sutton RBI for their
third run of the game.
At 3-0, the Shiners came to life and scored two runs in
short order to cut the game to a one point Eagle edge.
After holding the Eagles in the top of the fifth, the
Shiners again struck for the 3-3 tie.
Eagle defense tightened up and with the help of a couple
of Lunsford strikeout victims rang up, halted the Shiner
attack, stranding three runners on the base path.
Eagle Pitcher Derek Lunsford helped himself tremendously
with a shot over the left center field fence to put JCD
back on top 4-3.
Lunsford fanned three of the seven Shiner batters to enter
the batters box in innings six and seven, helping to protect
the narrow one run lead and eventual win.