Girls Varsity Softball
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Senior Bailey Lofton ripped a second-inning home run and freshman Peri Foust hurled a four-hit shutout Friday evening (May 24), lifting the Columbus North softball team to a 2-0 victory over Bloomington North for the championship of the Bloomington South Sectional.
Freshman Rachel Cowan doubled home another run in the fifth inning as the Bull Dogs improved to 15-8 while claiming the program’s fifth sectional title and its first since 2012.
Columbus North’s previous sectional crowns came in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012.
Foust was masterful in the circle, scattering four singles and one walk while striking out seven Bloomington North batters throughout the game to improve her record to 9-5. She allowed one hit each in the first, second, third and seventh innings. Foust also was helped by an excellent running catch by junior Brooke Bruin in center field for the first out of the sixth inning.
Lofton led off the second inning with a home run, which ultimately was the only run the Bull Dogs needed.
They added a run in the fifth inning when freshman Emalee Heafner singled, moved to second on a bunt and scored on a Cowan double.
Bruin provided two singles and freshman Alexia Heafner had one single for the Bull Dogs.
Senior Deb Jones allowed six hits, struck out six, walked none and hit two batters in absorbing the setback. The Cougars finished 8-11.
Columbus North now will host Center Grove (24-3), winners of the Center Grove Sectional, in a one-game regional at 6 p.m. Tuesday (May 28) at Southside Elementary School. The Bull Dogs are seeking the program’s second regional title, its only previous regional crown coming in 2011.
AT BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
Bloomington North …..…...… 000 000 0 – 0 4 0
Columbus North …………….. 010 010 x – 2 6 0
WP: Peri Foust. LP: Deb Jones.
2B: Rachel Cowan (CN).
HR: Bailey Lofton (CN).