By KEVIN HARRIS
NORTH VERNON – New Albany’s offensive slump continued Monday evening, costing it advancement in the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament.
The Bulldogs lost to host Jennings County in the first round of the annual tourney 7-1. It was New Albany’s fifth setback in the last six games. In each of those five losses, the Bulldogs (9-12) have either scored one run or gotten shut out.
New Albany’s season-long defensive woes prolonged as well, as it committed six errors. The Bulldogs will host Columbus East in the consolation semifinals Wednesday.
New Albany’s Mariah Grant went 3-for-3 with a run scored, while teammate Alyssa Kraemer was 2-for-3.
Bulldog starter Bri Schoenfeld collected the loss in the circle, as she pitched a complete game. The right-hander allowed seven runs on 10 hits, striking out two and walking two. The seven runs Schoenfeld surrendered were all unearned.
Erikah Crosier put New Albany up 1-0 in the top of the first inning with an RBI double. The Panthers (13-4) responded with a run in the bottom half to tie the score at one. After taking a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fifth, Jennings County pulled away in the sixth with five runs.
Sidney Gerkin led the Panther bats, going 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Jennings County starter Amanda Bonesteel earned the win. She went the distance, yielding one earned run on six hits. Bonesteel struck out seven and walked two.
The Panthers will host Jeffersonville in the semifinals Wednesday. The Red Devils defeated Columbus East in an opening-round game Monday 3-1.
JENNINGS COUNTY 7, NEW ALBANY 1
New Albany 100 000 0-1 6 6
Jennings Co. 100 015 x-7 10 0
W – Amanda Bonesteel. L – Bri Schoenfeld (4-9). 2B – Erikah Crosier (NA), Sidney Gerkin (JC).
Records – Jennings County 13-4, New Albany 9-12.