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The Indian Creek softball team had been threatening to break the game open for a few innings Thursday at Whiteland.

The Braves couldn’t seem to break through, as the Warriors kept working their way out of jams.

Indian Creek’s frustration finally ended in the seventh inning, when the Braves scored eight runs to finish off a convincing 12-6 win against a Johnson County rival.

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The Braves really broke out the bats, blasting out 20 hits, but the biggest blaster was junior Sydney Logsdon, who ripped a two-run homer to right field in the sixth inning — a forerunner to the Braves’ big inning. Logsdon logged four hits total and had three RBIs.

“(Sydney’s) hit was the big key for us,” said Indian Creek coach Gary Mitchell. “She had to feel good to see that get over the fence. We felt good, too, and this was a good win for us.”

The Braves missed their first chance at a big inning when they left runners on second and third in the top of the fourth.

Whiteland took advantage of that, taking a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by junior Addison Csikos.

It was worse for the Braves in the fifth, when they loaded the bases but came up empty after some good pitching and fielding by the Warriors.

“We left way too many people on base,” Mitchell said. “We finally got our heads screwed on right with some runs in the final two innings.”

Especially that seventh, which saw the Braves capitalized for eight runs to effectively put the game away.

The Warriors came through with three runs in the seventh, but all that did was make the score look more respectable.

Besides Logsdon’s big bat, the Braves had two other batters, junior Kasey Wilhoit and freshman Michaela Denney, get three hits apiece.

Senior pitcher Dori Knight also helped her own effort as she had two hits and two RBIs.

Mitchell also had praise for sophomore Kaitlyn Williams and junior Cailin Pickett, who added an extra spark for the Braves.

“They both did good jobs for us,” the coach said. “Their play helped a lot.

Indian Creek improved to 7-5 while the Warriors dropped to 4-11.

Freshman Reese Lott added a double for Whiteland.

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Ken Severson is a sports correspondent for the Daily Journal.