Varsity Softball

Varsity Softball
Coaches:  Mike Susong (Head Coach), Marcus Ward, Ken Parry, Troy Clark (Asst. Coaches); Greg Johnson (JV Head Coach), Shawna Johnson and Kaylin Trine (JV Asst. Coaches)

Managers:  Whitney Pierce and Delaney Griggs
       
Seniors Juniors Sophomores Freshmen
Olivia Branch (9)
Lauryn Hicks (2)
Ellie Trine (3)
Taylor Simmons (27)
Raven Miller (13)
Brook Reaves (18)

Rhegan Flaherty (6)
Madison Moore (12)
Esynce Vaughn (2)

Olivia Hicks (8)
Baleigh Keesling-Mayer (6)
Serenity Kenner (7)
Malori Nichols (12)
Janessa Reece (36)
Sarah Stonebraker (26)

Stormy Blake (8)
Sarah Cuttriss (30)
Serenity Kenner (25)
Kaityn Pulsipher (27)

Candy Huckeby (11)
Brooke Hughes (4)
Bayli Reed (28)
Karley Trine (21)

Jada-Claire Broomfield (11)
Arianna Fox (13)
Brooke Hughes (4)
Emma Merrell (36)
Madisyn Pearce (28)
Hallie Ramirez (18)
Bayli Reed (7)
Macenzie VanWinkle (9)


Date Opponent Time Score
Mar. 16 Scrmmage - Eastern (T) 11:00 am Canceled - no reschedule
Mar. 18 Fishers (T) 6:00 pm (L) 6-3
We took the lead in the top of the first when Ellie Trine led off with a single. Kennedy Huckabee was hit by a pitch, and Taylor Simmons delivered a hit to score Ellie. Olivia Branch then knocked in Kennedy with a single, and Taylor scored on a nice base running play by Olivia.

We held the lead at 3-0 until the bottom of the fourth when Fishers scored a run. They scored again in the bottom of the fifth on a three-base error. We still held the lead 3-2 going into the bottom of the sixth inning.

Lauryn Hicks got the first two batters of the sixth to fly out to left field. We then had two consecutive errors followed by a base on balls. Fishers then hit back-to-back doubles to take the lead for good 6-3.

Lauryn took the loss. She gave up nine hits, struck out seven, and walked four. She only surrendered one earned run.

Taylor had two hits with a double and Olivia had two hits as well. Brook Reaves made some really nice plays in left field.
​Coach Susong
Mar. 21 Tipton @ Grand Park - D24 5:15 pm (L) 5-2
Apr. 3 Taylor (H) 5:00 pm (W) 16-0
Apr. 4 Harrison (H) 5:30 pm (L) 10-0
Apr. 6 Hamilton Heights (T) 10:00 am (W) 9-0
Apr. 10 Lebanon (T) 5:30 pm (W) 3-1
The Lady Kats removed #5 Lebanon from the ranks of the unbeaten last night with a 3-1 victory over the Tigers.

Lauryn Hicks was dominant in the circle, striking out 14 and surrendering only three hits. She carried a perfect game into the fifth inning and had a no-hitter through five innings.

Offensively, Janessa Reece hit a bomb for a solo home run, and Ellie Trine and Brook Reaves had our other two hits.

With the game in a scoreless tie through four innings, the Lady Kats came to bat in the top of the fifth. Olivia Branch drew a one-out walk, and Hicks then reached on an error, moving Olivia to second. Taylor Simmons hit a deep fly ball to right field that moved Branch to third,
and Lauryn proceeded to steal second base.

Lebanon ran a play, trying to throw out Hicks by firing to the shortstop. They then tried to flip it to the second baseman to tag Lauryn out and when they did, Branch bolted for home. She scored ahead of the throw to put us up 1-0.

The Lady Kats weren’t finished.

Brook Reaves then hit an infield single that dropped between the pitcher and second baseman. Lauryn hustled the whole way and scored from second to give us a 2-0 lead.

After Janessa’s bomb in the sixth, Lebanon responded.

In the bottom of the sixth, Lebanon strung together their only three hits of the game. After a strikeout to start the inning, the Tigers hit back-to-back singles and a double to close the gap to 3-1with runners on second and third with one out. Lebanon then laced a line drive that was
snagged by Branch, and she threw to Taylor at third. Simmons dove to tag the base and beat the Lebanon runner for the double play, securing the victory.

Lebanon did not threaten in the seventh as Lauryn came back to strike out the side.

It was a great team win over a quality opponent. The Lady Kats move to 3-3 and will head to Leo to play three ranked opponents this weekend. In our first nine games, we will face seven college-bound pitchers.

- Coach Susong
Apr. 12-13 Leo Invite (T) 5:00 pm Leo 2 - Kokomo 1
Kokomo 10 - S.B. St. Joe 0 (five innings)
Munster 3 - Kokomo 0
We had our toughest weekend on the schedule as we traveled to Leo and played three ranked teams.

In Friday’s game, #3 Leo was able to get a run in the bottom of the seventh to score a 2-1 victory. Lauryn Hicks took the tough loss, allowing one earned run and striking out seven.

We had tied the game in the top of the sixth inning when Olivia Branch singled and the right fielder committed an error. OJ came all the way around to third and scored on Lauryn’s groundout.

In game two, we faced #4 South Bend St. Joe and put together our best offensive output of the weekend winning 10-0. Lauryn got the win striking out five in four innings and only surrendered two hits. Brook Reaves threw a perfect fifth inning.

At the plate, we were led by Taylor Simmons, who was 2-for-2 with a double. Sarah Stonebraker and Lauryn were both 2-for-3, and OJ had a double.

In game three, we lost to a good Munster team 3-0. Lauryn took the loss throwing the first four innings, striking out five, and giving up three earned runs. Brook kept Munster off the scoreboard in the last three innings and struck out one.

OJ and Ellie Trine both had doubles but we could not string any hits together.
Coach Susong
Apr. 16 Cass (T) 5:00 pm Postponed 
Apr. 17 McCutcheon (T) 5:30 pm (W) 2-1
Lauryn Hicks picked up the win throwing all seven innings while striking out 11. The only run the Mavs scored was unearned.

We took the lead in the top of the second inning. Taylor Simmons drew a leadoff walk and took second base on a wild pitch. Jo Trine then moved Taylor to third with a groundout. McCutcheon’s catcher then tried to pick Taylor off at third, but the throw went into left field and Taylor scored.

McCutcheon tied the game in the bottom of the third when they loaded the bases with no outs. They squeezed the runner from third home on a very close play at the plate. After Lauryn got a strikeout, the Lady Mavs hit a ball to Taylor and she got the force out at
home for the second out. Lauryn got out of the jam by fanning the next batter.

In the top of the fourth, Lauryn drew a leadoff walk. She promptly stole second and scored as Taylor singled to center to put us back on top 2-1.

McCutcheon started a rally in the bottom of the seventh. After a pop out by the leadoff hitter to Olivia Branch, the next batter hit one into short right field where Olivia Hicks made a diving catch for the second out of the inning.

Things got interesting after that. McCutcheon doubled to put the tying run in scoring position. The next batter singled up the middle, and Jo made a outstanding throw home to our catcher Janessa Reece, who made a great tag on the Mav runner to end the game.

The win moved the Lady Kats to 1-1 in the NCC West and improved our record to 5-5.
​Coach Susong
Apr. 20 Westfield/Huntington North (T) 10/12/2 Postponed - Make-up TBD
Apr. 22 Northwestern (H) 5:00 pm (W) 11-5
Sarah Stonebraker led the way with a 3- for-3 performance with a dinger. Taylor Simmons was 2-for-4 with a home run and a double. Jo Trine had three hits, and Janessa Reece recorded a single to go with her home run. Olivia Branch had a double and a single, Malori Nichols had a pair of hits, and Lauryn Hicks supported her pitching performance with a home run.

Lauryn fanned 15 batters while surrendering 10 hits and four earned runs. Brook Reaves pitched the seventh and did not allow a run.
​Coach Susong
Apr. 25 Lafayette Jeff (H) 6:00 pm
(W) 5-0
Lauryn Hicks went the distance striking out 11 for the complete game shutout as Kokomo defeated Lafayette Jeff 5-0 Saturday.

Olivia Branch and Ellie Trine both had two hits.

The win moved our record to 2-1 in NCC play.
​Coach Susong
Apr. 27 Muncie Central (H) 11:00 am (W) 5-1
We honored Charley Hinkle, husband of our very own Mary Hinkle last night at our Cancer Awareness game. The Lady Kats were able to come away with a 5-1 victory over the Panthers.

Lauryn Hicks had a complete game, striking out 13 with no walks. The senior allowed seven hits and gave up one earned run.

In the top of the first, Western singled on the first pitch of the game. One pitch later we had our first out as Janessa Reece threw out the Western runner trying to steal second base. Lauryn then struck out the next two to end the inning.

In the bottom of the first, Olivia Branch singled. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Lauryn’s hard hit ground ball. Karley Trine then knocked in Lauryn for a 2-0 lead.

We would add a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Taylor Simmons tripled to right field, and Sarah Stonebraker then doubled to score Taylor.

Western would score in the top of the fifth, but the Lady Kats came right back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.

Baileigh Keesling drew a leadoff walk. Olivia Hicks came on to run for Baileigh and reached second on a wild pitch. Branch walked setting up a first and third situation. Branch stole second but Olivia Hicks then got in a pickle between home and third.

Western misplayed the situation allowing Olivia Hicks to score. Lauryn then singled home OJ to finish out the scoring in our 5-1 win.

The win was our fourth in a row and put us at 8-5 for the season.

We’ll be back in action Wednesday at Logansport, where we can clinch the #2-seed in the conference tournament with a win.
- Coach Susong
Apr. 29 Western (H) 5:00 pm (W) 5-1
Lauryn Hicks had a complete game, striking out 13 with no walks. The senior allowed seven hits and gave up one earned run.

In the top of the first, Western singled on the first pitch of the game. One pitch later we had our first out as Janessa Reece threw out the Western runner trying to steal second base. Lauryn then struck out the next two to end the inning.

In the bottom of the first, Olivia Branch singled. She advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on Lauryn’s hard hit ground ball. Karley Trine then knocked in Lauryn for a 2-0 lead.

We would add a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Taylor Simmons tripled to right field, and Sarah Stonebraker then doubled to score Taylor.

Western would score in the top of the fifth, but the Lady Kats came right back with a pair of runs in the bottom of the inning.

Baileigh Keesling drew a leadoff walk. Olivia Hicks came on to run for Baileigh and reached second on a wild pitch. Branch walked setting up a first and third situation. Branch stole second but Olivia Hicks then got in a pickle between home and third.

Western misplayed the situation allowing Olivia Hicks to score. Lauryn then singled home OJ to finish out the scoring in our 5-1 win.
​Coach Susong
May 1 Logansport (T) 5:00 pm (W) 13-0
Lauryn Hicks struck out 13 of 15 batters she faced, fired a no-hitter, and was 2-for-3 with a double.

We pounded out 13 hits as a team.

Leading the way at the plate was senior Taylor Simmons who was 4-for-4 with three RBIs, while Olivia Branch had a single, a double, and drove in three runs. Ellie Trine had a pair of hits and scored three runs. She
doubled on Logansport’s first pitch of the game. The seniors collectively were 10-for14 at the plate.

In addition to the seniors, Karley Trine added a double, and Sarah Stonebraker was 1-for-3 with two RBIs.
​Coach Susong
May 2 Noblesville (H) 5:00 pm Rescheduled for May 15th @ 5:30 @ KHS
May 4 NCC Tournament @ TBA 11:00 am (W) 16-0 (five innings)
The Lady Kats pounded out 15 hits and Lauryn Hicks threw a perfect game in the circle as we advanced to the semi-finals of the conference tournament with a 16-0 win over Muncie Central.

Lauryn struck out 13 and went 3-for-3 with two doubles at the plate.

Ellie Trine added a double and a single to the Lady Kats offensive attack, and Taylor Simmons and Janessa Reece were both 2-for-3 with two RBIs.

We advance to play Anderson in the first semi-final of the conference tournament on Saturday.
​Coach Susong
May 7 Lewis Cass (T) 5:00 pm (W) 6-3
The Lady Kats ran their win streak to seven in a row with a 6-3 victory over Lewis Cass.

Bayli Reed picked up her first varsity win last night throwing all seven innings, while striking out three. She gave up seven hits and all three runs were earned. She also helped her cause with a double at the plate.

Offensively, we were led by Malori Nichols who was 2-for-3 with a two-bagger. Karley Trine, Jannessa Reece, and Olivia Hicks all had two hits. Olivia also made a great catch in right field and then threw to Sarah Stonebraker for the double play to halt a Cass threat.

We have really gotten better as the season has progressed and we are seeing improvement each and every game.

We will be tested the rest of the week. We travel to #9 Cathedral tonight and then will play Anderson and either McCutcheon or Harrison on Saturday in the NCC
tournament.
- Coach Susong
May 8 Cathedral (T) 5:45 pm (W) 2-1
Lauryn Hicks got the win. She struck out nine and only surrendered four hits.

In the top of the first Olivia Branch walked and moved to second on a passed ball. Taylor Simmons then singled to right to give Kokomo a1-0 lead.

The game would stay that way until the top of the seventh.

Olivia singled to start the inning, and Lauryn reached first when Cathedral misplayed her sacrifice bunt. Karley Trine singled and the ball was thrown away at first scoring, allowing Branch to score.

The Irish led off the seventh with a home run to cut the lead to 2-1. The next batter singled to put the tying run at first with no outs.

When Cathedral went to bunt the runner into scoring position, the ball came off the top of the bat. Jannessa Reece snagged it with her bare hand and then threw a strike to Ellie Trine at first for the double play.

The next Cathedral batter flew out to Olivia Hicks to end the fame and we escaped with a 2-1 victory over the #9 team in 4A.

At the plate, Jannessa was 3-for-4, Taylor was 2-for-4 with a triple, and Sarah Stonebraker doubled. 
​Coach Susong
May 11 NCC Tournament @ TBA 10:00 am Kokomo 2 - Anderson 0
Kokomo 5 - McCutcheon 2
The Lady Kats travelled to McCutcheon on Saturday for the final round of the NCC tourney and came away as the NCC champions.

In game one, Kokomo beat Anderson 2-0. Taylor Simmons would be responsible for both runs. She launched a solo home run in the top of the second to open the scoring and then added a sac fly two innings later, scoring Lauryn Hicks, who had tripled earlier in the inning.

Lauryn got the win in the circle, throwing all seven innings and striking out 14.

Ellie Trine, Karley Trine, Jannessa Reece and Malori Nichols had our other hits.

We played host McCutcheon in the finals, and the Lady Mavs got on the board in the top of the first, scoring a single run.

Kokomo would tie it up in the bottom of the second. Taylor and Karley hit back-to-back singles to start the inning, and Sarah Stonebraker laid down a sac bunt that was thrown away, allowing Taylor to score and tie the game.

McCutcheon would come right back and score in the top of the third with a solo home run to take the lead 2-1.

In the bottom of the inning, Olivia Branch reached on an error. Lauryn doubled to move Olivia to third, and, after Taylor walked, Karley laced a double to left to give us the lead 3-2.

We would add two more runs in the bottom of the fifth. Lauryn doubled to open the inning, and Karley singled for her third hit of the day. Sarah laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score Lauryn, and then Jannessa drove in Karley with a single to provide the final margin and give the Lady Kats the NCC championship.

Lauryn got the win, striking out nine. She only allowed six hits.

We have now won 10 games in a row, and set our sights on preparing for the state tournament. We will play #1-ranked New Palestine this week, as well as Noblesville, who is # 12 in Class 4A, and Frontier, who is #4 in Class A.
- Coach Susong
May 13 Clinton Central (H) 5:00 pm Cancelled due to field conditions. Make-up TBD.
May 14 New Palestine (T) 5:30 pm (L) 6-5
The Lady Kats dropped a heartbreaker to back-to-back state champ and current #1 New Pal 6-5.

We took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh, but New Pal rallied to take the game 6-5.

Lauryn Hicks took the tough loss. She had a no-hitter through 5 2/3 innings against one of the premier hitting teams in the state. She finished with seven strikeouts and surrendered five hits and two earned runs. She was also 3-for-3 at the plate with two home runs and three RBIs.

Ellie Trine was 2-for-4 with a double and scored two runs, and Taylor Simmons laid down a perfect squeeze bunt to score a run. We had four errors in the game and, against championship teams, they will eventually
take advantage of your mistakes.
Coach Susong
May 15 Lewis Cass (H) 5:30 pm (W) 4-0
Last night we honored our four seniors on Senior Night. Olivia Branch, Lauryn Hicks, Taylor Simmons, and Ellie Trine have won 76 games now over their four-year careers. They have won two NCC championships and a sectional championship.

Last night, they came through again with a 4-0 win over Lewis Cass at Municipal Stadium.

Lauryn was the winning pitcher throwing 6 2/3 innings and striking out 11. She also hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first.

Ellie was 3-for-4, and Taylor was 2-for-3 with two doubles. Olivia was 1-for-3 and made several nice plays at shortstop.
​Coach Susong
May 17 Frontier (T) 5:30 pm (W) 10-5
Kokomo scored three in the second inning, two in the third, one in the fifth, and added four in the top of the seventh to beat Frontier 10-5 on Saturday.

The Lady Kats led 10-1 entering the bottom of the seventh.

Bayli Reed got the win in the circle. She threw six innings, struck out one, allowed five hits, and did not allow an earned run. Ellie Trine threw the seventh and allowed four earned runs on five hits with a strikeout
and a walk.

At the plate we were led by Karley Trine and Taylor
Simmons, who were both 2-for4 with a double. Karley also had four RBIs, and Olivia Branch doubled.

The win moves us to 16-6 on the season.
​Coach Susong
May 20-25 IHSAA Sectional @ Harrison
Kokomo 8 - Lafayette Jeff 3
McCutcheon 18 - Zionsville 2
The Lady Kats broke open a tie game in the bottom of the fourth inning by scoring two, and then added one in the fifth and two in the sixth to advance in sectional
play with an 8-3 win over Lafayette Jeff.

The Broncos and Kats both scored a single run in the first and two runs in the second.

Lauryn Hicks got the pitching win for Kokomo in the circle. She struck out nine, only allowed five hits, and did not give up an earned run.

She also helped her cause at the plate going 3-for-3 with a triple.

Jannessa Reece was also 3-for-3 and Ellie Trine was 3-for-4. Sarah Stonebraker had a double, and Karley Trine had our other hit.
Coach Susong

McCutcheon 9 - Kokomo 1
The Lady Kats season came to a close last night with a sectional semi-final loss to McCutcheon 9-1.

Lauryn Hicks took the loss throwing six innings, striking out seven, and surrendering 11 hits and three earned runs.

We were led at the plate by Taylor Simmons, who was 2-for-3 with a double. Sarah Stonebraker was also 2-for-3, and Olivia Hicks added a double.

Sadly, we have to say goodbye to our seniors Lauryn, Taylor, Olivia Branch, and Ellie Trine. Their senior class is responsible for 77 wins, two NCC championships,
and a sectional championship. We will miss them terribly and wish them the best of luck as they graduate and head to their respective universities. They have left their legacy for future Lady Kats. Thank you for all of your hard work over the years.
- Coach Susong
Harrison 13 - Logansport 4
Harrison 6 - McCutcheon 5





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