CHURUBUSCO — Churubusco’s softball team continued its late-season success Wednesday evening, winning the opening round of its own sectional over Bluffton, 11-5.
The Eagles got off to a strong start holding off a Bluffton run thanks to the work of left fielder Mariah Hosted, who caught two pop flies in the inning.
The Eagles opened the game with two quick runs. First, Abigail Erwin got on base with a single, and Madison Simmons advanced her to third with a double. Katy Krider hit a short pop-fly over the second baseman’s glove, and the Eagles put two runs on the board to start the game.
The Eagles continued their stingy defense into the second inning, with Erwin snagging a line drive from the shortstop position, Brianna Baughman getting a groundout and freshman pitcher Jaylynn Baughman ending the inning with a catch of her own.
Brooke Nondorf scored in the bottom of the second off a hit by Brianna Baughman to give the Eagles a 3-0 advantage.
Neither team scored in the third, and Churubusco saw five runners cross home plate in the fourth. Nondorf scored again in the fifth and the Eagles closed out the game with runs by Erwin and Simmons.
The win moved the Eagles to the sectional semifinal game against Adams Central, see Page 6 for coverage.