Lady Raiders score often to win first game

BROOKVILLE — After using about 10 bags of sand, three-and-a-half hours and 24 runs scored, the Brookville softball team picked up its first win of the season by beating Clarion-Limestone 15-9 Monday.

The game featured two rain delays, a cascade of errors and sloppy field conditions, but Lady Raiders coach Earl Ross was happy with his team's production.

"We've gotten a lot better with base running, and our hitting is starting to come around," Ross said. "Every game they've improved, and they did really well today."

The key to Brookville's (1-2) success came from its pitching. Starter Tonya Shaffer didn't allow a run through her first 4 1/3 innings. Shaffer earned her first varsity win by striking out four and allowing six runs.

Stefany Alexander pitched the remaining 2 1/3-innings, allowing three runs, but getting the Lady Raiders out of a crucial bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning.

Alexander, who had a similar bases-loaded situation against Marion Center last Friday, said she was excited after getting the final out in the sixth.

"That was exciting. I didn't let it bother me (the bases loaded)," Alexander said. "Last time, I let it bother me and we made errors, and I got frustrated and wasn't throwing the ball as well."

Brookville's pitching also benefited from a lot of run support. The Lady Raiders scored a season-high 15 runs and drove in eight runs. Chey Ross and Jaime Coon drove in two runs, while Kasey Osborne, Abby Beatty, Alexander and Brianna Geer also drove in a run.

The game was nearly called after five innings, with Brookville leading 12-6, but the teams decided to wait 45 minutes and see what the weather was like. Brookville Athletic Director Dave Osborne and student helpers poured sand on the field to try and fix the infield.

Clarion-Limestone (2-2) coach Tom Speer appreciated the hard work.

"Brookville paid a lot of money to play two innings today," Speer said. "I just figured the field was in the same condition that we had played in for four innings, so why stop now?"

Ross said that he was happy with his team's performance, especially how it played in the early innings.

"This was the first time all season we didn't allow more than one run in the first inning," Ross said. "It showed maturity and that are players are coming around."