After picking up a nice 8-1 victory over the Lawrenceburg Lady Tigers at Madison's Sectional 29 Monday night (May 20), Batesville's varsity softball team was overwhelmed by Greensburg in Wednesday's semifinal round, 13-0.
The Pirates' Melina Wilkison powered three solo home runs across the first four innings May 22 to send Greensburg into Friday's championship game against South Dearborn. The Knights were also big winners, blanking Franklin County 15-0.
The loss ended the careers of Kara Obermeyer, Ellie Waechter and Kate Burkhart.
BHS finished 6-15 overall and 3-11 in the Eastern Indiana Athletic Conference.
VS. LAWRENCEBURG (1st round)
The Bulldogs plated four runs – first four batters scoring – off Lawrenceburg's Liz Heine to start Monday's game.
Kylie Laker and Burkhart drew walks and Emma Belter was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Laker scored on a wild pitch for the first run. Obermeyer's bunt single scored Burkhart for a quick 2-0 lead. With two outs, Abby Westerfeld singled to left field to score a pair of teammates.
Paige Oldham was very effective in the circle for Batesville. She set down the side in order in the first and third frames, only hitting a batter through the first three. Heine calmed down after the rocky start, throwing five scoreless innings after the first and permitting singles to Oldham and Morgan Biggs.
The Tigers got one back in the fourth when Megan Lawrence walked and Taylor Lawrence drove her home with a double. Oldham would allow just two more hits the rest of the way.
It was another four-run inning for BHS in the top of seven. Laker singled and went to third on a 2-base error; Burkhart hit a run-scoring double. Belter and Obermeyer reached base safely and Oldham belted an RBI double to right. Obermeyer and courtesy runner Anna Gerth scored on another 2-run single by Westerfeld.
The game ended on a tapper back to the circle. Oldham's 3-hitter included 4 punchouts. Backstop Belter had 4 putouts and Oldham 4 assists defensively.
VS. NORTH DECATUR (May 17)
BHS closed the regular season in thrilling fashion, winning 6-5 on Burkhart's two-out walkoff single in the bottom of the eighth inning against North Decatur. The game was played at The Plex and doubled as youth night at the park.
"What we hoped to be an interesting game to show the youth how exciting and fast-paced high school softball can be, turned out to be the most exciting roller-coaster game all year for the Bulldogs," said coach Randy Obermeyer.
ND went up by a run in the 5th inning via a groundout. In the bottom of the frame, Obermeyer's double to right scored Laker and Burkhart. Runner Gerth scored on Oldham's single. The latter came in after the Chargers threw the ball around for multiple errors.
ND reclaimed the lead in the seventh on a two-out rally. Starter Obermeyer walked 2 straight and tossed a pair of wild pitches. Westerfeld then assumed the circle and her wild pitch gave ND the lead before a strikeout ended the stanza.
The Bulldogs sent the game to extra innings when Obermeyer singled and scored on Oldham's double. Waechter kept the game tied in the top of eight, recording an exciting outfield assist to Belter at the plate. Looking for the win, BHS got a single by Westerfeld and Sophie Lee replaced her on the basepaths. Burkhart provided the fireworks.