June 13, 2015

North Central (Farmersburg) Strikes Out Boone Grove in 2A Championship
North Central’s defense led the way to the Ladybird’s first Softball State Title as they defeated Boone Grove in the 2A Championship Game.   

Junior pitcher Katelynn Kennedy had a dominant performance on the mound, hurling a shutout and striking out a record setting 14 batters. On the year, Kennedy finished with a record of 23-1 with an ERA below 1.00.

While the defense was the backbone of the Ladybird’s victory, the offense set the tone early for Coach Erica Arnold’s squad. North Central jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning as Kennedy, who had an all-around performance for the Ladybirds, scored on junior Mia McCoskey’s double. 

North Central never looked back after that. Kennedy only surrendered three hits over the course of the game, and the Ladybirds added on two insurance runs in the fifth inning to stay comfortably in the driver’s seat. The North Central Ladybirds wrapped up their season with a record of 27-4.

It was Boone Grove’s first appearance in the State Softball Finals. The Wolves, coached by Ron Saunders, finished their State Runner-Up season 24-4.

Alaynee Street of North Central (Farmersburg) named Mental Attitude recipient  
Members of the IHSAA Executive Committee announced Alaynee Street of North Central (Farmersburg) High School as the winner of this year’s Mental Attitude Award in Class 2A Softball.

A four-year starter for the Ladybirds, Street was named to the All County Team for the past four seasons and was awarded All Southwestern Indiana Conference honors twice. 

On top of her success on the softball diamond, Street wrapped up a stellar high school career by graduating sixth overall in her class in grade point average. She is a member of North Central’s National Honor Society and Beta Club, and she also volunteers for the Humane Society and for United Cerebral Palsy.  

The daughter of Darcy and Jack Street of Shelburn, Alaynee plans to continue her softball career at Lincoln Trail College where she will major in nursing. 

The IHSAA Executive Committee presented a $1,000 scholarship to North Central (Farmersburg) High School in the name of Alaynee Street.