By KEVIN HARRIS
FLOYDS KNOBS – New Albany saw its two-game winning streak end Tuesday at archrival Floyd Central, suffering an 11-3 loss. The Bulldogs (3-3) managed just four hits against Highlander pitchers Lexie Heeke and Abby Letson.
Junior Erikah Crosier put New Albany up 1-0 in the top of the first inning with an RBI double that plated Marissa Jones. But Floyd Central (9-5) responded with four runs in the bottom half and three in the bottom of the second to go up 7-1.
Bulldog sophomore Terah Crosier pulled the Bulldogs within four runs in the top of the third by smacking a two-run home run over the left-field fence. The Highlanders, though, plated three runs in the bottom half to increase their lead to 10-3. Floyd Central tacked on another run in the bottom of the sixth.
New Albany’s other two hits were singles by Jones and Mariah Grant. Jones scored twice.
Bulldog starter Bri Schoenfeld went the distance in picking up the loss. The sophomore threw six innings, yielding 11 runs (10 earned) on 16 hits. Schoenfeld walked two and struck out one.
Senior Jensen Striegel and Jenna Endris each led the Highlander bats, both going 3-for-4. Striegel scored three runs and drove in one. Endris had two runs scored.
Collecting two hits for Floyd Central were Heeke, Taylor Castleberry, Dallas Henderson and Cassie Thomerson. Heeke and Henderson each collected two RBIs.
Heeke earned the victory in a starting role, improving her record to 5-1. She surrendered three runs (all earned) on four hits, fanning four and walking three. Letson pitched two perfect innings in relief with two strikeouts.
The Bulldogs will host Class 4A No. 5 Bedford North Lawrence at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. The Highlanders’ next game will be against LaGrange (Ohio)-Keystone at 6 p.m. Friday at Louisville Male.
FLOYD CENTRAL 11, NEW ALBANY 3
New Albany 100 200 0- 3 4 3
Floyd Central 430 301 x-11 16 2
W – Lexie Heeke (5-1). L – Bri Schoenfeld (1-2). S – Abby Letson. 2B – Erikah Crosier (NA), Heeke (FC). HR – Terah Crosier (NA).
Records – New Albany 3-3, Floyd Central 9-5.