For the third-straight season the Lebanon Tigers softball tournament run ended in semi-state competition, but none more dramatic than the heartbreak they felt Saturday afternoon after falling to the West Vigo Vikings 2-1.
The Lady Tigers took a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, as sophomore pitcher Jessica Weaver had allowed just three hits through the first six innings.
Unfortunately, she had to make one more trip through the heart of the Viking order. Her first pitch was doubled off the right-center field fence. Then on the second pitch, a home run off the bat of Viking sophomore shortstop, Shelby Edington.
And just like that the season was over. After battling all afternoon in the heat, where defense and hitting had ruled the day, two pitches and the excitement was done.
For the Lady Tigers it was other impressive campaign, a 26-0 start, an undefeated Sagamore Conference title, followed up with sectional and regional titles.
It seemed like nothing could slow down the Tigers. But with close to an hour and half drive to play in the south semi-state, it was as if Lebanon may have lost their bats on the long drive to Brown County’s Eagle Park.
West Vigo sophomore pitcher Leah Morrison who kept the Tigers off balance all afternoon. She wasn’t overpowering, but by changing speeds and being precise around the plate, the Lebanon hitters never got comfortable in the box.
Morrison pitched a complete game, allowing just one run on five hits with a pair of strikeouts.
“Our offense let us down today,” Lebanon head coach Steve Smith said. “This might have been our worst offensive showing all season. She was a good pitcher and I think we just weren’t seeing the ball real well.”
For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.