Softball draw: Borden hopes to shed rust

Softball draw: Borden hopes to shed rust

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Softball draw: Borden hopes to shed rust

Full Class A, 2-A, 3-A, 4-A sectional draws, schedules

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Full Class A, 2-A, 3-A, 4-A sectional draws, schedules

Borden coach Michele Schindler has her fingers crossed as the IHSAA state softball tournament approaches.

The 32rd annual state tournament will start May 23 and culminate in the state finals at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis on June 11.

The Braves (12-1), ranked No. 3 in Class A in the most recent coaches poll, have only played 13 games thus far and more rain is on the way, according to most weather reports.

“I feel like we’ll be okay if we can get some games in next week,” Schindler said. “If not, we’ll have to do all of our work indoors, and it’s just not the same.”

Borden will face New Washington at 5 p.m. May 23, followed by South Central and Lanesville.

On top of the rust the Braves hope to shed, Schindler only has 10 players — on a good day.

“That’s how we did it last year,” said Schindler, whose team went all the way to the North Daviess semi state. “You just hope there’s no collisions on the bases.”

In Class 2-A sectional at Crawford County, the heavy favorite is No. 1-ranked Henryville.

The Hornets will face Providence in the first round. If they advance, they would take on the Paoli-Clarksville winner in the semifinals.

“We got probably one of the toughest draws we could get,” Hornets coach Jenny Schroeder said. “Having said that, if you’re the best team in your sec you should be able to beat all the other teams. We’re not dwelling on the draw. Providence has been the buzzsaw we couldn’t get passed in previous years. We’re looking forward to making right what we haven’t been able to do the past couple of years.”

In a wide-open Class 3-A sectional at Corydon, Silver Creek drew the bye and will take on the Brownstown-North Harrison winner in the semifinals. In the lower part of the bracket, Salem will face Corydon and Charlestown will take on Scottsburg.

In Class 4-A at Seymour, No. 4-ranked Floyd Central must earn its way to another sectional title. If they get to the finals, the Highlanders likely would have to face host Seymour (14-3), Jennings County (8-7) and then the New Albany (16-5) — Bedford North Lawrence (13-8) winner.

The Highlanders (22-3) have won 19 straight.

“I feel like we’re clicking on most cylinders right now,” said coach Sean Payne. “We just need to be a little more consistent.”

Payne said it’s hard to draw an easy path through the Seymour Sectional.

“There’s a lot of really good teams and anybody could win it,” he said. “It’s a tough sectional. I would expect no less (than a tough draw).”

The Highlanders are led on the mound by Kassie King (12-1), who recently tossed a one-hitter against Louisville Male, one of the top teams in Kentucky.

Class A Sectional 61

at West Washington

May 23: Orleans vs. West Washington, 5; Trinity Lutheran vs. Crothersville, 7:30;

May 26: final at 6.

Class A Sectional 62

at Borden

May 23: Borden vs. New Washington, 5; South Central vs. Lanesville, 6:30;

May 26: final at 6.

Class 2-A Sectional 46

at Crawford County

May 23: Paoli vs. Clarksville, 5; Providence vs. Henryville, 6:30.

May 24: Paoli-Clarksville winner vs. Providence-Henryville winner, 5; Eastern Pekin vs. Crawford County, 6:30.

May 26: final at 5:30.

Class 3-A Sectional 30

at Corydon

May 23: Brownstown vs. North Harrison, 5:30.

May 24: Salem vs. Corydon, 5:30; Charlestown vs. Scottsburgh, 7:30.

May 25: Brownstown-North Harrison winner vs. Silver Creek, 5:30; Salem-Corydon winner vs. Charlestown-Scottsburg winner, 7:30.

May 26: final at 6.

Class 4-A at Seymour

May 23: Seymour vs. Floyd Central, 5; Jeffersonville vs. Jennings County, 7.

May 24: Seymour-Floyd Central winner vs. Jeffersonville-Jennings County winner, 5; New Albany vs. Bedford North Lawrence, 7.

May 26: final at 6.

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