By KEVIN HARRIS
JEFFERSONVILLE – Senior Jennah Tincher pitched a two-hitter in leading host Jeffersonville to a first-round victory in the Hoosier Hills Conference Tournament on Monday versus Columbus East 3-1.
The Red Devils (8-10) will travel to Jennings County (13-4) for the tournament semifinals Wednesday. The Panthers defeated New Albany in another first-round game Monday 7-1.
Tincher issued two walks and the one run she allowed was unearned. She battled her way to the win despite the Jeff defense committing four errors behind her.
The Red Devils’ Kaylee Strong and Nan Garcia each went 2-for-3. Teammate Lindsey Nelson hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third inning to put Jeff up 2-0. Nelson ended up with two runs scored and two RBIs.
The Olympians will visit New Albany (9-12) on Wednesday for a consolation semifinal.
JEFFERSONVILLE 3, COLUMBUS EAST 1
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Jeff 002 010 x-3 10 4
W – Jennah Tincher (5-5). L – Jordan Johnston (6-5). 2B – Casey Schweitzer (J). HR – Lindsey Nelson (J).
Records – Jeff 8-10, Columbus East 12-8.