News From Terre Haute, Indiana


May 1, 2014

North Central softball keeps rolling, beating second Terre Haute team

Thunderbirds knock off Braves by 12-7 score

TERRE HAUTE — Hitters were definitely ahead of the pitchers Thursday evening as Terre Haute South hosted North Central in nonconference high school softball.

With two teams entering the game with a combined 21-5 record, each of them starting a pitcher with an even better winning percentage — and with a howling wind and shivery temperatures seemingly the farthest thing from helpful to a batter’s swing — a snappy, 90-minute game with a final score of 1-0 or 2-1 wouldn’t have been surprising.

Instead the final was 12-7, North Central hanging on for its second win over a Terre Haute powerhouse in as many days.

The two teams combined for 25 hits, and it wasn’t just the sluggers in the middle of the batting orders doing the damage. North Central got two doubles, a grand-slam homer and seven RBI from its eighth and ninth hitters, and South’s No. 9 hitter belted the longest homer of the night.

It was that grand slam, a two-out difference-maker by Mia McCoskey in the top of the second, that created separation between the two teams and gave the visitors a 6-0 advantage.

The Braves also gave North Central four unearned runs in the top of the sixth, Anna Orsburn’s two-out, three-run double the key blow, and that created enough of a lead to make the bottom of the seventh — when the Braves loaded the bases and got the tying run to the on-deck circle — a little less nervous.

“We didn’t play well enough in the field to win,” coach Dwayne Stout of the Braves said afterward, that sixth inning probably still on his mind. “Too many misplays.

“That’s a good team over there,” he said, gesturing to the visitors’ dugout, “but we failed to make plays we usually do … when we score seven runs, we expect to win.”

North Central got on the board first in the Thunderbirds’ first at-bat, with a South error also helping that rally along. Winning pitcher Christian Chambers got the first of her four hits to drive in the second run.

Chambers’ one-out single in the third was followed by a hit by her batterymate, Sami Young. With two out, a hit batter kept the inning alive for McCoskey, who ripped a line drive that glanced off and over the top of the center-field fence.

Chambers had pitched out of a second-and-third, no-outs jam in the second inning, but any ideas of an easy win for her and her team went away in the bottom of the third.

A wind-blown popup for a hit started the inning, and Hollie Jones took advantage immediately with an opposite-field rocket to left-center for an RBI double. She scored on a wild pitch, Lexi Higgins got a single and stolen base, Mackenzie McGregor got a double — this time the wind held the ball in the park and caused it to drop in front of an outfielder who’d been racing for the fence — and McGregor scored on an error.

Chambers and Young drove in runs in the top of the fourth to give North Central an 8-4 lead, but a triple by Higgins and a sacrifice fly by Kelsey Marlow made it 8-5 in the bottom of the fifth.

A dropped fly ball and the failure to get a force out at the plate kept North Central’s sixth inning going before Orsburn — the ninth batter — hit an opposite-field bullet to the fence for the second time in as many innings.

“That’s whast makes us special,” North Central coach Erica Arnold said after the game. “One through nine [in the batting order] can hit; [McCoskey and Orsburn] aren’t your typical eight and nine hitters.”

Neither, apparently, is South’s Brittany Dalton. She cracked a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth that threatened the soccer bleachers beyond the left-field fence, and she was on deck again in the seventh when the bases-loaded final out was made.

North Central still has to play West Vigo to win the Vigo County championship, but the Thunderbirds have a more important game today. They play at Clay City — ranked second in Class A — in a SouthWestern Indiana Athletic Conference headliner.

“Clay City is always a big, big game for us,” Arnold said. “It’s a conference game, and [the Eels] are alwasys good competitors.”

North Central, surprisingly, is not yet ranked even though its two losses have come against big-school powers. Arnold isn’t worried.

“Sometimes rankings can get in a team’s heads,” she reasoned. “We’re under the radar right now, with something to prove.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Tom Lindley column mug.jpg

CNHI News Service

Local Interest

Tribune-Star/Bob PoynterLeader: Tom Jones is leading going into Sunday's final round of the Men's City Championship at Hulman Links on Sunday.

High School
  • ISU football picked last in MVFC

    Indiana State’s football team found itself in familiar, if depressing, territory when the Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason poll was released on Tuesday.

    July 29, 2014

  • Degano2.jpg Bullpen mates: Three relievers coming on strong down stretch for Rex

    The Terre Haute Rex pitching staff ranks fifth among the 12 teams in the Prospect League in earned-run average this season and first in the league with only four home runs allowed all summer. But the Rex pitchers might be the best in the league the past two weeks as the team has had two shutouts and two games with one run allowed in the past week.

    July 29, 2014 2 Photos

  • Prettyman wants ISU to be prepared for potential NCAA changes

    Against a rising tide of media, public and institutional sentiment that would suggest otherwise, Indiana State Director of Athletics Ron Prettyman believes that the current model of college athletics still works.

    July 26, 2014

  • ISU basketball trio earn national academic honors

    A trio of Indiana State basketball student-athletes have been named to the 2013-14 National Association of Basketball Coaches Honors Court as announced by the national organization. Honored from Indiana State were Lucas Eitel, Justin Gant and Jake Kitchell.

    July 23, 2014

  • Metro roundup: Post 346 rallies past Rockville

    Wayne Newton Post 346 scored a run in the sixth and two in the seventh to get past Rockville 6-3 in an American Legion baseball regional at Terre Haute North on Wednesday.

    July 23, 2014

Sports Columns
Pro Sports
Colts Camp Football_Tayl.jpg

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, right, laughs with running back Chris Rainey during an NFL football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Terre Haute Rex

Tribune-Star/Joseph C. Garza Safe!: Tony Rosselli beats the tag at second base by a West Virginia opponent during the Rex' game against the Miners on Tuesday at Warn Field.

Colts Camp Football_Tayl.jpg

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, right, laughs with running back Chris Rainey during an NFL football training camp in Anderson, Ind., Saturday, July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Auto Racing
SPT071614sprints clauson.jpg

Tribune-Star/Jim Avelis Waiting: Bryan Clauson sits in his sprint car, waiting his turn to qualify at the Terre Haute Action Track for the Don Smith Classic.

AP Auto Racing News
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Two Women Narrowly Avoid Being Hit by Train Raw: Japanese Soldiers Storm Beach in Exercises Broken Water Main Floods UCLA In Virginia, the Rise of a New Space Coast Raw: Otters Enjoy Water Slides at Japan Zoo Crayola Announces Family Attraction in Orlando Rodents Rampant in Gardens Around Louvre Girl Struck by Plane on Florida Beach Dies Raw: Weapons Fire Hits UN School in Gaza Raw: Thousands Flocking to German Crop Circle Raw: Rocket Launches Into Space With Cargo Ship Raw: 2 Shells Hit Fuel Tank at Gaza Power Plant Kerry: Not Worried About Israeli Criticism New Sanctions on Key Sectors of Russian Economy Raw: Massive Explosions From Airstrikes in Gaza Boater Rescued From Edge of Kentucky Dam US Ready to Slap New Sanctions on Russia Raw: Obama Eats Ribs in Kansas City Raw: Earthquake Rocks Mexico's Gulf Coast 'The Bachelorette' and Her Beau Go Public
NDN Video
Heartwarming 'Batkid Begins' Documentary is Tear-Jerker Sadie Doesn't Want Her Brother to Grow Up Broken Water Main Floods UCLA "Maxim" Hotness! See Jessica Alba's Sizzling Spread Two women barely avoid being hit by train Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber Reportedly Came To Blows In Ibiza Meet the Man Behind Dumb Starbucks Chris Pratt Adorably Surprises Kids at a 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Screening NOW TRENDING: Peyton Manning dancing at practice "The Bachelorette" Makes Her Decision Thieves pick the wrong gas station to rob Golden Sisters on '50 Shades' trailer: 'Look At That Chest!' Staten Island Man's Emotional Dunk Over NYPD Car - @TheBuzzeronFOX GMA: Dog passes out from excitment to see owner Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted 'Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1' Sneak Peek Florida Keys Webcam Captures Turtles Hatching Morgan Freeman Sucks Down Helium on 'Tonight Show' Robin Wright Can Dance! (WATCH) She's Back! See Paris Hilton's New Carl's Jr. Ad

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010

Real Estate News