INDIANAPOLIS – One bad inning kept Adams Central from redemption.
Indianapolis Scecina scored four runs in the sixth inning to win the Class 2A state softball championship 4-2 over the Flying Jets on Saturday at Ben Davis.
It’s always disappointing when you lose, said Adams Central coach Cary Blake, whose team lost its second straight 2A title game. We wanted to take the big trophy home, and it just didn’t work out.
The Jets (22-7) lost to South Putnam 3-1 last year.
It will end up as a loss, but it has been a very successful year for these kids, Blake said. We got down there and had an opportunity but just didn’t push across enough runs.
State runner-up is not too shabby.
Adams Central led Scecina (22-9) 1-0 going into the sixth when the Crusaders scored four runs on five hits and an error.
They strung some hits together, Blake said. There were some plays that were close, and that’s softball. We have won games that way, too.
Adams Central scored a run in the bottom of the seventh but fell short by two runs in the title game for the second straight year.
Adams Central senior pitcher Sydnee Peterson shut out the Crusaders on three hits through five innings but with a .316 team batting average, it was only a matter of time before Scecina got going.
We knew they had the top of their order coming up, and we knew they were going to hit, Adams Central senior Bess Fiechter said.
They are good hitters, and we knew one (run) wasn’t enough. Sometimes it just doesn’t work out, and today was one of those times.
Despite the late deficit, the Jets never felt like they were out of the game having to rally a few times in the postseason. The Jets won two extra-inning postseason games.
We have been behind in every game this tournament at one time or another, and we always thought we had a chance, Blake said.
Fiechter won the 2A mental attitude award.
It is such an honor, and I am so blessed to have people consider me with my attitude and my athletics, she said.
Liz Luginbill led the Jets by going 2 for 3 and knocking in the team’s first run in the second. Olivia Macklin knocked in the other run.
Last year, we were just excited to be here, but this year we were coming in saying we have been here before, and why don’t we get the win this time, Fiechter said.
I couldn’t ask for a better ending season and a way to go out. Obviously you want to win, but we went in there and tried our hardest and had fun.
It has been a great four years of high school.