TERRE HAUTE — For the South side, it will go down as an epic comeback in a high school softball city rivalry series that needs gallons of ink to describe the dramatic events.
Scoring eight unanswered runs — after falling behind 6-0 in the first inning — Terre Haute South’s Braves took a big step toward a Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference title with an 8-6 eight-inning victory. South is 5-0 in the MIC, and the Braves’ victory also puts them two wins away from winning a Big Four title.
Senior Jackie Swain shut down the potent Terre Haute North (14-2, 4-1 MIC) attack after taking over during the Patriots’ six-run first frame — an inning that featured a first-pitch leadoff home run by Katie Herrick and another solo blast by Jazmine Allen.
The Patriots’ offense cooled, and coach Jack Kirchner’s squad made four errors in addition to a couple costly baserunning miscues.
“I never felt like we had them beat,” Kirchner said. “I know our team, we’ve struggled defensively all year, but we’ve scored a lot of runs. We hit the ball the first inning … that was it, she shut us down.”
Swain, who tossed 10 scoreless innings in MIC action Saturday, gave up just five singles over the last six innings.
“I couldn’t have done it without my defense behind me, and when the dugout got pumped up, I got pumped up and I was ready to roll,” Swain said. “We’ve been working really hard to win this game. It all paid off and it feels great to be 5-0 [in the MIC].”
Hannah Gossman started for South but North connected for the two home runs, and the sophomore walked two North batters, prompting South coach Dwayne Stout to make a change.
“The pitch I called, she hit her spot. It was just the wrong pitch to call,” Stout said of Gossman. “We made some adjustments, brought Jackie Swain in and she did a wonderful job. I made adjustments with my pitch calling, [Swain] did a great job of hitting her spots.”