Shelbyville Lady Bears: My Site News

Monday, May 21
Lady Bears Bow Out Tournament
The Lady Bears Softball Team Finished The Season With A Record Of (11-16) After Losing To Bloomington South 8-2 In The Sectional Quarter-Finals Held At Columbus North High School. Congradulations On A Great Season Better Luck Next Season Ladies!!!!

Wednesday, May 23
Shelbyville softball season comes to an end
Shelbyville senior Ashley Scudder delivers a pitch during the championship game of the Golden Bear Invitational against Beech Grove. On Monday, Scudder and the Golden Bears were defeated 8-2 by Bloomington South in the opening game of the Columbus North Sectional. (File photo)
By Paul Gable
Staff writer
Published: Wednesday, May 23, 2012 7:07 AM US/eastern
COLUMBUS — Coming into Monday's Sectional 14 meeting with Bloomington South, Shelbyville softball coach Gary Roberts knew his team would have to come out of the gates ready.

Unfortunately, the Lady Golden Bears did not. The Lady Panthers ended Shelbyville's season with an 8-2 win at Lincoln Park in Columbus. The loss was the sixth in the last eight games and ends Shelbyville's season at 11-16.

Ashley Scudder was tagged with the loss in her final game for the Lady Golden Bears.

"We didn't get out of the gates good, and that has been a problem all season for us. We had nerves today, no question. The girls told us they were nervous, and we tried to talk to them, but we were not able to get past it. Bloomington South is a very good team, and they will probably be in the final," Roberts said.

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Roberts admitted the skid coming into the sectional tournament was not a concern.

"I didn't have a bad feeling coming in. We had been playing well, we just couldn't get wins," Roberts said.

Bloomington South wasted little time taking advantage of Shelbyville's nerves, as errors from the Lady Golden Bears, along with a double from Rebecca Jenshak and a single from Mena Fulton, gave Bloomington South a 2-0 lead after the top of the first.

The Lady Golden Bears responded moments later as freshman sensation Kay Brokering brought Scudderhomeon a double that bounced off the left field fence, trimming the deficit to 2-1.

The Lady Panthers padded their lead in the top of the third inning, adding two runs to stretch the lead to 4-1.

Brokering brought the Lady Golden Bears back within reach in the bottom of the fourth, taking a 2-2 offering from Bloomington South pitcher Olivia White over the left field fence for a solo home run. Brokering also contributed with another double later in the game, and earned all three of the Lady Golden Bears' hits.

In the sixth inning, Bloomington South put the game out of reach as White led off with a single, and moments later a Shelbyville error would allow her to score. The Lady Panthers would take advantage of several timely hits and another Shelbyville error to stretch the lead to 7-2.

Bloomington South's final run came in the top of the seventh as Kristen White scored off a Shelbyville error.

While Roberts was unhappy with the errors, he instead pointed to other reasons why Shelbyville could not pull out the win.

"We didn't capitalize when we had opportunities. We had chances, and that is what is frustrating. If you can score a run here and there, things may have been different," Roberts said.