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March 28, 2014

TH South comes out swinging in softball opener

NEW MARKET — The combination of experience and talent has created great expectations, from both the fans and players, for the Terre Haute South High School softball team.

The Braves displayed both Friday afternoon in an impressive 11-4 season-opening victory over host Southmont.

South collected 13 hits and five different players came through with run-scoring hits.

“I’m thrilled. We had 13 hits. The girls came through with runners [on base]. We kept getting the key hits. That helps us a lot,” South coach Dwayne Stout said.

MacKenzie “Mac” McGregor led South’s offense, going 4 for 4 with a double and three runs batted in while hitting in the clean-up spot.

“I really appreciated that [coach Stout] put me in the 4-hole. But with my team around me, the people [batting] before me really get on base. That way, I can hit them in. Without them, [it] wouldn’t matter what I did,” the junior first baseman said.

Alexis Higgins, hitting in the 3-hole, was 3 for 5 with two RBIs.

 Also, Hollie Jones was 2 for 4 and Kelsey Marlow was 2 for 5 with a triple and one RBI.

“We worked hard this offseason and we’re ready to start this season,” McGregor said.

Southmont’s McKenzie Jordan, who has signed with Southern Indiana University, was very impressive. The losing pitcher, Jordan went 4 for 4 and hit two home runs on two completely different pitches.

South’s winning pitcher, Hanna Gossman, scattered eight hits. She struck out just one, hit one batter and did not give up any walks.

“Hanna was on. She was hitting her spots. She was having a little bit of trouble getting her footwork out there [on the mound], it was a little bit loose. She changed up speeds quite a bit and kept them off balance,” Stout said.

Gossman was pitching with a lead all night. The Braves took a 2-0 lead in first inning when Jones received a lead-off walk, stole second base and scored on a single by Higgins, who also stole second. Higgins scored on McGregor’s first single of the game.

“What I like about MacKenzie is she stays patient. She lays off the [pitches] that aren’t going to go anywhere and she looks for her pitch. Although she’s in the clean-up spot, she waits for a pitch she can really do something with,” Stout said.

South took a 6-1 lead in the third, scoring four runs on four hits while sending 10 batters to the plate.

Jones started the rally with an infield hit and scored on Marlow’s triple into the right-center-field gap. McGregor followed with a rare infield double. With Marlow on third, Southmont did not attempt a play when McGregor hit a groundball and didn’t stop running at first base. McFarland received a walk to load the bases.

Marlow raced home on Mariah Stout’s infield grounder. With two out, Gossman delivered a big hit that scored McGregor and McFarland.

The Braves had three runs on three hits in the fourth inning and capped the night with a two-run seventh.

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