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Sullivan 7, South Ripley 5; 2A Softball South Semi-State Semifinal

Ferdinand- A historic season for South Ripley Softball came to an end Saturday in the semifinals of the 2A South Semi-State hosted by Forest Park.  The 10th ranked Golden Arrows held off the Raiders to win 7-5, then advanced to beat No. 3 Union County 9-8 in the finals.

Sullivan scored six times in the bottom of the seventh to shock the Patriots. The game ended on a walk-off home run by Jocey Wible.  The 28-4 Golden Arrows will play the top-ranked 34-2 Pioneer Panthers in the IHSAA 2A State Finals either Friday, June 11 or Saturday, June 12 at Center Grove High School in Greenwood.

For South Ripley, the Raiders bow out at 15-7, sectional champs for the first time in 20 years and regional champions for the first time ever.

In the second game of Saturday’s 2A South Semi-State, the Golden Arrows struck in the top of the first on a three-run home run by Kendal Edmondson.  Gracie Shorter (single) and Delainey Shorter (walk) scored in front of her.

The Raiders tied the game in the home second.  Alexa Heidt reached on an error then Cassie Franklin homered to center to get Ripley within one.  Emily Campbell was hit by a pitch, bunted to second by Morgan Meyer and, on Brooklyn Brown’s bunt, the throw to third to get Campbell sailed high. Campbell scampered home on the erro to square the game at 3-3.

The Western Indiana Conference co-champs got the lead back in the third.  Delainey Shorter walked and stole two bases.  She scored on an RBI fielder’s choice by Edmondson as the Radiers failed to get the out at the plate.  Brooklyn Riley singled to the outfield where an error also occured. That allowed courtesy runner Lauren Craighead (for Edmondson) to score all the way from first.  Caylee Shorter then entered to courtesy run for Riley.  Two outs later, base hits by Lexi Grindstaff and Avery Wiltermood plated Shorter and Grindstaff respectively. It was now 7-3 Arrows.

Coach Shane Tompkins’ Raiders rallied for two runs in the sixth.  Brooklyn Brown and Brionna Linkel both boarded on one-out singles, then Mady Tompkins delived a three bagger to the right field corner driving in both runners.  Tompkins was left stranded at third but Ripley had cut the deficit to 7-5.

Sullivan left two on in the seventh but quietly retired South Ripley in order in its final at bat.  Coach Lela Earley and the Golden Arrows claimed the semifinal victory by two.

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