One bad inning dooms Princeton in district championship loss to North Harrison
Date 2012/10/8 17:10:00 | Topic: Sports
|Throughout the 2012 softball season, the young Princeton Lady Tigers would find a multitude of positive moments. There were victories at Gallatin and South Harrison that led to a 5-4 Grand River Conference record. However, Princeton's Achilles Heel was defense. When it was good, Princeton was good, and when it struggled, the Lady Tigers game would as well.|
Much like their season, on Saturday in the Class 1, District 15 championship game, Princeton looked in command against North Harrison, only to see an error-filled sixth inning send the Lady Shamrocks into the Class 1 playoffs with a 9-5 victory in a game played at North Mercer High School.
Princeton led 5-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but six errors in that frame helped lead to a SEVEN run North Harrison rally. Princeton was unable to rally in the seventh inning and fell by a score of 9-5, ending their season at 12-11.
Coach Chrystal Mayfield praised her team for a 'very good' season, but did admit that Saturday would be a tough loss for the Lady Tigers. She said the team will miss senior Emily Schwenneker and Nancy Berwanger next season, but will have a great base of sophomores coming back as juniors in 2013 to build upon.
Berwanger, in her final game at Princeton, had two runs scored, a base hit, and two walks, while Shaylee Henley had a two-run home run.
North Harrison advances into the Class 1 state playoffs, where they will play at District 16 champion Stanberry on Wednesday night. Stanberry advanced with a 1-0 victory on Saturday morning against the Jefferson Lady Eagles.
Here are the rest of the DISTRICT softball championship scores from over the weekend:
Class 1, District 9:
Knox County 4, Scotland County 3
Class 1, District 10:
LaPlata 10, Bevier 4
Class 1, District 11:
Northeast (Cairo) 12, Salisbury 7
Class 1, District 12:
Meadville 10, Brunswick 8 (9 innings)
Class 1, District 13:
DeKalb 4, Norborne 1
Class 1, District 14:
King City 9, Maysville 3
Class 2, District 14:
Higginsville 10, Lexington 1
Class 2, District 15:
Brookfield 10, Penney (Hamilton) 0
Class 2, District 16:
Bishop LeBlond 10, North Platte 6
Class 3, District 16:
St. Joseph Benton 9, Smithville 4