Despite a stellar performance from starting pitcher Carlie Weaver, Brownsburg’s bats were silenced in its regional softball matchup with Decatur Central. The Bulldogs saw their season come to an end with a 1-0 loss.
Brownsburg coach Keith Brown said his team came up just short in their effort to win a regional title.
“Both pitchers tonight were very good at hitting spots, changing speeds, using their changeup and riseball for a strike or getting the batter to chase," he said. "They had that one double and a few sacrifices to get their one run, and the two or three hits we had we unfortunately weren’t able to follow up with other hits.”
Weaver fanned nine and allowed only two hits over six innings in the circle.
“I was just hitting my spots,” the senior said. “They’re a good hitting team, but I was just hitting my spots and doing my job.”
Brownsburg’s best scoring chance came in the top of the first inning as two batters reached with one away. Both runners were stranded, and chances came few and far between after the missed opportunity.
Senior Jessica Blystone singled with two outs in the second inning. She would be the only Bulldog to reach base until the sixth.
Decatur pushed across the game’s lone tally in its half of the second inning on a double, sacrifice bunt and a Brownsburg error on a flyball.
Hawks starter Breena Smith scattered four hits in the complete game shutout and walked none. Weaver, who was held hitless in the game, gave Smith credit.
“She’s a good pitcher,” Weaver said. “She has one of the top strikeouts in the state, she has good movement and they’re a good team. We just didn’t have it tonight.”
The Bulldogs came to bat in the seventh inning with their season on the line. The first two batters were retired quietly, and things looked bleak for the team who had won its three sectional games by a combined 30 runs.
Heather Reed sparked life into the team with a triple to the gap in right-centerfield, and the tying run was 60 feet away.
However, Blystone popped a ball into foul territory. Three Hawks converged, and the ball bounced out of the third baseman’s glove. The catcher was there to snatch it as it was falling to the ground, thus writing the final chapter of the Bulldogs’ season.
Brown complimented the squad’s three seniors and said the season provided plenty of learning opportunities for the younger players on the team.
“All three seniors had two to three years of varsity experience, they were great leaders, good examples for our young kids," he said. "I was happy for them that we could finish with 20 wins, a sectional title, and give our younger players something to shoot for.”