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The Press-Dispatch Wednesday, June 9, 2021 B-1 SPORTS Submit sports items: Call: 812-354-8500 Email: or bring in a hard copy: 820 E. Poplar Street, Petersburg See REGIONALS on 2 • Jasper • 1-800-937-8721 By Matt Haycraft The Lady Charger softball team's run in the state tourna- ment ended Tuesday night as they fell to Boonville in the Re- gionals 10 -3. (Rain may have had some part to play in this defeat, but the varsity girls' team gave it their all). Whether the game would be played was in jeopardy un- til it started and even during the game, as rain threatened during most of the game. The regional was a rematch with the Pioneers. The Lady Chargers lost to Boonville 2- 0 on Monday, April 26. With Pike Central at 18 -8 and Boon- ville 17-6, the two teams came into the game with similar re- cords. Winning this game was in reach, and the Pike Central Lady Chargers didn't hold back. Starting off strong, Char- ger pitcher sophomore Chloe Williams struck out Boonville senior Kaitlyn Knox. Then Boonville's Becca Campbell popped out in foul territory to Charger catcher senior Xia Stafford, generating the sec- ond out. To finish up the top of the first inning, Charger left fielder sophomore Made- lyn Fiscus caught a foul ball. Continuing with the strong defensive play, Boonville held the Lady Chargers at zero with a fly out by freshman Brailey Mills, a ground out by senior Kenzie Powell and a line out by freshman Karley Kavana- ugh. The teams remained like this, locked at zero, until the top of the third inning when things took a turn. Boonville senior Madison Hill, on a hard ground ball to Pike Central's Fiscus, made it to first and advanced to sec- ond on a passed ball, before Madison Hill grounded out to Charger pitcher Chloe Wil- liams. Hill advanced to third on Williams' throw to first. Pioneer Kaitlyn Knox hit a grounder to third base and reached on a throwing error to first base, which allowed Hill to score the first run of the game. Becca Campbell's line drive to center left runners on first and second. Pioneer Jayce Purdy hit a fly out to Charger right field- er Alyna Sharp, allowing Knox to advance to third. With two outs and two on base, Boon- ville's Randi Jo Pryor stepped up to the plate, hit a hard ground ball and reached sec- ond on an error, paving the way for Knox and Campbell to score two more runs. Williams stamped out the Boonville rally by striking out Ariel Thomasson, leaving the score at 3-0 in Boonville's fa- vor. Boonville went on to score three more runs in the fourth inning, and continued to hold the Lady Chargers scoreless until the fifth inning. Trailing 6 -0 through the top of the fifth, it was the Char- gers' turn to take up the bat and make a charge. Williams led off with a walk. A fter a fly out by Sharp, Hallie Bailey hit a line drive to right fielder Knox, making it to first, as Delaney Welch, pinch running for Williams, made it to third. Welch went on to score the first run for Pike Central on a pop fly by ju- nior Mallory Hickey that was mishandled. The Lady Char- gers then had a strikeout and a fly out, ending the inning. Boonville went on to score four more runs, with two sin- gles and a double in the top of the sixth. With the score set at 10 -1, and Pike Central's fans in the stands and in the dug- out cheering them on through the rain, the Chargers dug in for a late rally. Powell doubled on a line drive to centerfield. Kavana- ugh followed that with a line out. Then it was Onyett's turn to bat. Squaring up at the Charger Golf's season ends in Sectional play By Andy Heuring Pike Central's golf team placed eighth in the 13-team Vincennes Sectional on Fri- day. Pike Central's lone se- nior, Hunter Traylor, led the way for the Chargers, shoot- ing a solid 89 on the Coun- try Club of Old Vincennes course. Pike Central shot a team 399. The Chargers are made up of senior Hunter Traylor and four freshman. "I told them ahead of time, let's go out and break 400. We did, so I was pleased with them," said Charger Coach Jarrod Gideon. Traylor shot a 42 on his first nine, which was the back nine, as the Chargers teed off on hole 10. It includ- ed a birdie on the short, but tricky par 3 17th hole. He finished with a 47 on his second nine for an 89. Tyler Craig shot a 98, while Nathan Snyder and Ar- ri McDonald both had 106s for the team score of 399. Co- bey McKinney had a 114. LADY CHARGERS GIVE IT THEIR ALL AT REGIONAL Senior Xia Stafford, Lady Charger catcher, catches the ball at the plate, barely missing the opportunity to tag out Boonville runner sophomore Becca Campbell during regional game action on Tuesday, June 1. Lady Charger Chloe Williams, sophomore, launches the ball to home plate on Tuesday, June 1 during the Chargers vs. Boonville regional game. Kenzie Powell, Lady Charger senior, smacks the ball during the Chargers vs. Boonville regional game action on Tuesday, June 1. Photos by Matthew Haycraft Pike Central's Arri McDonald hits a chip shot on hole 18. McDonald hit his approach over the green and was chipping back at it. He shot a 106 for the Chargers. Tyler Craig watches as a putt drops in the side door for him. Craig shot a 98 for the Chargers. Senior Charger Hunter Traylor hits a chip shot. Traylor shot an 89 to be the Chargers' lowest score at sectional.

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