Arcanum softball team clinches a share of the CCC championship by beating National Trail


By Tim Alley - For The Daily Advocate




Tim Alley|For The Daily Advocate


Tim Alley|For The Daily Advocate


Tim Alley|For The Daily Advocate


Tim Alley|For The Daily Advocate


Tim Alley|For The Daily Advocate


Tim Alley|For The Daily Advocate


Tim Alley|For The Daily Advocate


Tim Alley|For The Daily Advocate

Arcanum’s Abbie Bruns pitches during a Cross County Conference softball game against National Trail on Tuesday in Arcanum.


Tim Alley|For The Daily Advocate

ARCANUM – Arcanum wasted little time in taking at least a share of the Cross County Conference championship by scoring four runs in the first inning to pave its way to an 8-2 victory over National Trail Tuesday afternoon.

The Lady Trojans sent all nine batters to the plate in the in the first, and the key hit was delivered by Cassidy Clark, whose two-run double put Arcanum ahead 4-0.

“We can hit spots one through nine,” Arcanum softball coach Rick Stone said. “We’ve always got someone to pick each other up.”

The Lady Trojans again went to work in the fourth frame. The first five hitters reached base via a walk or hit and the top four scored. Kaitlyn Zell scored two runners with a single to center, and Elle Siculan delivered a two-out RBI single to bring the Arcanum margin to 8-0.

While the offense was putting up runs, the pitching of Abbie Bruns was neutralizing the Lady Blazer bats. Bruns allowed only four hits through the first five innings and was backed by outstanding defensive play.

“Abbie has been doing a great job for us,” Coach Stone said. “Her ball really moves, and she hits her spots.”

Tuesday afternoon was senior recognition day for the Trojans.

“All four of them are like my daughters,” Coach Stone said. “I’ve watched them grow up. They are all leaders.”

Arcanum finishes CCC play Thursday afternoon at Tri-County North. If the Lady Trojans win they would win the league championship outright and complete an undefeated conference schedule.

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Arcanum’s Abbie Bruns pitches during a Cross County Conference softball game against National Trail on Tuesday in Arcanum.
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