FAIRMOUNT — It was youth versus experience Wednesday as the Elwood Lady Panthers visited the Madison-Grant Lady Argylls on the softball diamond in a key Central Indiana Conference match up.
Both teams came in tied at 2-0 in the conference and both are favorites to take the title at the end of the season. In the end, youth was served as Elwood took an 8-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh and held on for an 8-5 win.
Freshman Elwood starting pitcher Mackenzie Bryan went to the mound to take on Madison-Grant’s experienced senior, Cierra Liddick, in a face off of two of the area’s top hurlers. After Liddick struck out two in the top of the first, Bryan matched the total by sitting down the first two batters she faced in the bottom of the inning.
Madison-Grant scored the first run of the game in the bottom of the second as freshman Alie Carson started her three-hit game with a home run to right field. Bryan shook the homer off quickly, sitting down the next three batters she faced.
Elwood answered the run with two of its own in the top of the third as Kaitlyn Leisure drew a one-out walk and scored on a double by Taylor Noone. Jessica Taylor followed with a single to plate Noone and give Elwood their first lead.
The Lady Argylls got the run back in the bottom of the fourth when Kristin Wilson hit a two out single to score pinch runner Kennedee Franklin.
Elwood struck again in the fifth, with a touch of controversy. After Jessie Noone reached on a error, Taylor Noone hit a grounder to third. Wilson looked the runner back to second and fired to first. An out was signaled but after a short conference, the call was reversed and Elwood had two on with no outs.