They say good pitching and defense will win most games and the Manchester Lady Squires proved that to be right once again. After defeating Oak Hill 2-1 for the sectional championship the Squires took the road trip to Crawfordsville Tuesday to take on last years state runner up Southmont, defeating the Mounties 2-1 for the schools first ever softball regional title.
Manchester would collect just six hits in the game while Squire pitcher Brooklyn Howard held Southmont to four.
The Squires would grab a 1-0 lead in the second when Cierra Carter singled and was followed by an Ellie Milam single. After a sacrifice from Katelyn Andritsch, Mattie McKee then pushed a grounder to second, scoring Carter for the lead. Southmont would answer the Squire run in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at one.
The Squires would take the lead again in the third when Tabby Porter and Sydney Day started the inning with back to back singles before a Howard sacrifice and a Celina Carter grounder scored Porter for the 2-1 lead.
The remainder of the game was pitcher Brooklyn Howard and a stingy Squire defense as Howard held Southmont to just two hits the rest of the game while the defense clamped down to seal the deal.
Manchester will now travel to LaVille Saturday to take on Elwood at 1:00