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One swing away, Braves lose heartbreaker

Mar. 25—After trailing since the fifth pitch of the game Monday evening, Terre Haute South's high school softball team seemed poised for a come-from-behind win against Indianapolis Cathedral.

But sophomore pitcher Sidney Feczko of the Irish was able to get back-to-back strikeouts to end the game, stranding three Braves and allowing the visitors to escape with a 3-2 victory.

"We've got to watch the pitches more [when we're at bat] and we're in that ballgame," said interim South coach George Cesinger after the game.

Cesinger was in charge Monday night because coach Dwayne Stout is hoping to return in a few days after dealing with a medical situation involving his wife Brenda that took the couple out of state.

The Stouts had watched Monday's game from out of town on GameChanger, Cesinger noted afterward, and they saw the Braves fall behind on a leadoff bunt single by Mary Hughes and a towering double to left field by Anna Moore in the top of the first inning. A two-out single by Allyssa Fry made it a 2-0 game before South got to bat.

The Braves, in an unfortunate harbinger of what was to come, loaded the bases with one out on a single by Kyar McVey and two walks, but two ground outs left the runners stranded.

Moore hit the ball even farther with one out in the top of the third, a line drive into the teeth of the 30-mph winds that blew the entire game. The shot cleared the right-field fence and Cathedral led 3-0.

That was the last hit allowed by South sophomore Emma Cesinger, however, while the Braves had baserunners in every inning the rest of the way.

South broke through in the bottom of the fifth. Marlee Loudermilk beat out a one-out infield hit, McVey walked and, after a wild pitch, Lakyn Hadley hit a two-run single.

Freshman Marcia Parker walked with one out in the bottom of the sixth, but a diving catch by Fry of a wind-blown popup hit by Carley Werremeyer helped Feczko get out of the inning.

Loudermilk led off the bottom of the seventh with her second hit of the game. McVey lined out, but Loudermilk was safe on a dropped throw at second on Izzy Light's grounder. Hadley singled again, but too sharply to enable Loudermilk try for home, setting up the heartbreaking ending.

"Emma pitched a heck of a game," coach Cesinger said afterward. "We needed to get our bats working sooner."

INDIANAPOLIS CATHEDRAL (AB-R-H-RBI) — Hughes cf 3-1-1-0, Moore ss 3-2-2-2, Valentine 3b 2-0-0-0, Liter 1b 3-0-0-0, Fry 2b 3-0-1-1, A.Wright 3-0-0-0, Feczko p 3-0-0-0, L.Wright dp 1-0-0-0, Miramonti rf 0-0-0-0, Gary rf 1-0-0-0, Scarsi lf 1-0-0-0, Matthews lf 2-0-0-0. Totals 25-3-4-3.

TERRE HAUTE SOUTH (AB-R-H-RBI) — Loudermilk ss 4-1-2-0, McVey cf 3-1-1-0, Light 3b 2-0-0-0, Hadley 1b 3-0-2-2, Kinzer 2b 3-0-0-0, Rowley ph 1-0-0-0, Cesinger p 4-0-0-0, Parker c 2-0-1-0, Werremeyer rf 3-0-1-0, Gottschall lf 2-0-0-0, Kieffer ph 1-0-0-0. Totals 28-2-6-2.

Indianapolis Cathedral 201 000 0 — 3 Terre Haute South 000 020 0 — 2

E — Fry. DP — IC 1. LOB — IC 3, THS 10. 2B — Moore. HR — Moore. SB — Hughes, McVey, Light 2, Loudermilk, Valentine 2. CS — Parker.

Indianapolis Cathedrall IP H R ER BB SO Feczko (W) 7 6 2 2 5 8 Terre Haute South IP H R ER BB SO

Cesinger

(L) 7 4 3 3 1 7

HBP — by Cesinger (Valentine). WP — Feczko 2. T — 2:19.

Next — Terre Haute South (0-3) plays Saturday at Columbus North. Indianapolis Cathedral is 1-0.