AUDIO: South Dearborn, Rising Sun Softball Teams In Semi-States Saturday
By Mike Perleberg
South Dearborn’s softball team poses with their IHSAA 3A Sectional trophy. South Dearborn High School twitter
(Aurora, Ind.) – South Dearborn High School’s softball team expected an EIAC championship, sectional title, and regional win.
And despite securing a berth in the IHSAA Class 3A State Softball Tournament semi-state, they are still expecting more. Three more wins will capture the high school’s first ever state championship in a team sport.
Top ranked South Dearborn (26-1) will meet #4 Gibson Southern (27-3) in the semistate semifinals on Saturday morning at Brown County High School. The winner of that game will match up against the winner of #2 Lebanon (26-0) and West Vigo (23-9) in the 7:00 p.m. semistate championship game.
“We’ve been very focused on what our aim is for the year. They haven’t lost sight of that. They know what we’re working on. We’re counting down the innings,” says head coach Tim Barrett. “We’re not done yet.”
Barrett says the successful season has been made possible by contributions from a large portion of the 17-girl roster. Chief among them have been senior slugger Ellen Barrett (the coach’s daughter), senior outfielders Morgan Wolfer and Ashleigh Largent, and sophomore leadoff batter Tara Bailey.
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Complimenting the offensive prowess of South Dearborn is its ace on the mound. Senior hurler Kooper Vertz has accumulated a jaw-dropping 23-1 record this season.
“She’s been very aggressive going at hitters,” explains Barrett. “I see a maturity level with her that has grown this year and I think it’s a big edge that we have.”
Barrett says several girls on the team have been playing together for years.
“These girls have committed an awful lot of time, sacrificed a lot of summertime to make themselves better, a lot of them from age eight, nine, ten all the way through,” the coach says.
Gibson Southern, the Lady Knights first of hopefully two opponents Saturday, is a softball program that is used to deep tournament runs.
“They’ve won 27 games so they are doing something right. Very good defensive team. They put the ball in play and make you play defense. Nothing flashy about them. If you look at their numbers, there is nothing that stands out,” Barrett says.
The Rising Sun Lady Shiners softball team is also playing in the IHSAA 1A State Tournament semi-state on Saturday. The Second-ranked Lady Shiners (23-6) coached by David Brown play against host North Daviess (16-11) in the semistate semi finals. If they win, Rising Sun will play the winner of #3 Clay City (19-9) versus West Washington (16-6) in the nightcap championship game.
If Rising Sun and/or South Dearborn survive the semistate games, they will play at the IHSAA Softball State Championships at Ben David High School on Saturday, June 14.