ARCANUM — Arcanum exploded for six second inning runs and made it stand up in defeating the Brookville girls softball team 8-2 Monday in the sectional final. The loss ended the Lady Devils softball season with a record of 12 wins and 14 losses.
“They have a really good pitcher and we gave away a couple of runs,” stated Brookville coach Mike Gardner. “We had some opportunities but could not cash in.”
The game was tied at one as Arcanum came to the plate in the second inning. With one out Reece Blinn singled to left and scored on a double to dead center by Ashlyn Miller.
After a walk, Kaitlyn Toy lifted a fly ball to deep right that bounced off the Lady Devils right fielder’s glove allowing a pair of runs to score. Kenzie Byrne got an infield hit and Emily Fout drove in a pair of runs on a base hit to center field. That made the score 6-1 Trojans.
Fout would score on a base hit by Burrell to cap off the scoring in the inning.
Brookville loaded the bases with no one out to start the fourth inning but Trojan pitcher Hannah Kendig induced a line drive that was caught by the short stop, struck out the next batter, and coaxed a ground out to end the threat.
Arcanum got a home run from Kenzie Byrne in the first inning, her tenth of the season establishing a new season mark for Arcanum softball. Ashlyn Miller’s double in the second was her 18th of the season, a new Trojan season record and coach Mike Miller won his 200th career game.
The Trojans other run came in the third when Blinn singled, moved to second on a ground out, stole third and scored on a two out base hit by Toy.
Trailing 1-0 in the top of the second Brookville tied the game when Kenzie Roesser led off with a base hit to left field. Two outs later Jolie Bitorff singled to left and Roesser slid in safely at third. Roesser would score on a passed ball to tie the game at one.
The Devils scored in the fifth inning when Bitorff led off with a walk. She moved to second on a wild pitch and went to third on a ground ball. The throw on the play went awry and Bitorff got up and raced home for the Devils second run.
The sixth inning went from great hope to great frustration. Brookville loaded the bases with no one out. Melina Davidson singled to left, Maya Haydon singled to right and Kenzi Roesser was hit by a pitch. However, Brookville’s luck ended.
Izzy Holp hit a line drive that was snagged by the shortstop. Then Oliver struck out and Bitorff was thrown out at first on a close play to end the inning.
Kara Gardner had a pair of hits for Brookville in the game. Grace Burton battled on the mound the entire game for Brookville. Burton allowed eight hits to a very good offensive team that went undefeated in WOAC conference play and would earn their 21st win of the season. Seven runs were earned and she struck out one and walked two.
Kendig of Arcanum won her 16th game of the year and allowed six hits while striking out eight and walking one.
Brookville loses only one senior as Jackie Fye, who played three sports in her athletic career, played her final game wearing a Brookville uniform of any kind. Fye was solid in all her sports, volleyball, basketball, and softball.