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May 6, 2014

SOFTBALL: Panthers overwhelm Kats

Panthers overwhelm Kats in taking softball win

RUSSIAVILLE — Western’s softball team is concentrating on getting every little thing right to make the most out of opportunities to score. On Monday, the Panthers weren’t perfect, but they put enough pressure on Kokomo to score five times without a run batted in, helping put away Kokomo early. Western beat the Kats 10-0 in six innings.

Pressure paid off one last time on Western’s final run, when Caitlyn O’Neal scored Jenna Wiechmann from third on a fielder’s choice. The Kats went home with the throw off the batted ball but the Panther runner found the plate first to end the game.

“I think you have to focus on those small things because every game’s not going to be 10 runs and you’re going to have games where that’s going to be the winning run,” Western coach Jim Clouse said after the squads played in special uniforms as part of their annual cancer awareness game. “Overall, I thought we performed well. Great crowd for the cause, so it was just an exciting day for us.”

Western wore special white shirts with pink lettering, and the Kats wore pink shirts as the programs joined forces to raise awareness and funds to combat cancer.

“We’ve raised a lot of money for a good cause,” Kokomo coach Mike Susong said.

Susong was impressed at Western’s ability to put pressure on the Kats. Western led 3-0 through two innings, then added three runs in the fourth two in the fifth, and put the game in the books after just an out in the sixth inning.

“Western’s a good softball team,” Susong said. “They have great pitching, their defense is stellar, and they can hit a little bit, hit real well.

“You can see the difference in them having senior leadership and us being very young. I think those kids at Western have a good chance to win a state championship this year, I really do. I think they’re that good and they have that mentality. I’m very impressed with them.”

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