Daily Reporter staff reports
In the third inning of the Greenfield-Central baseball team’s home game against Scecina on Wednesday night, the Cougars batted around twice, collected eight hits and scored a whopping 13 runs.
The offensive explosion gave the Cougars a 20-4 advantage and eventually led to a 20-5 five-inning victory.
Seth Adams hit a grand slam in the second inning and added three more RBI in the 13-run third.
Greenfield-Central finished with 13 hits in the game, while Scecina (1-4) notched 6 hits and committed six errors.
The Cougars (2-5, 1-3 Hoosier Heritage Conference) will look to carry their momentum into Friday’s home tilt against HHC foe Mt. Vernon (2-5, 1-3 HHC).
Royals run past Randolph Southern
The Eastern Hancock baseball teams set the basepaths ablaze in their 10-5 win at Randolph Southern on Tuesday night.
Led by two steals a piece from Garek Ferguson and Levi Majority, the Royals swiped eight bases in all against the Rebels (0-5).
Ferguson went 2-for-5 on the day, walked once, scored twice and knocked in a pair. Clayton White (1-0) earned the win for Eastern Hancock, pitching five innings and giving up five runs with only one earned.
The Royals (2-2, 0-1 Mid-Hoosier Conference) fell 6-3 vs. Hauser (5-1, 1-0) Wednesday night and will host Centerville (5-1) today.
New Palestine drops game vs. Guerin
The Golden Eagles soared past the Dragons on Wednesday at New Palestine, winning 8-3.
Keegan Watson and Jason Hall-Manley each notched RBI-hits for the Dragons. New Palestine pitching allowed Guerin (5-4) just two earned runs while striking out six.
The Dragons drop to 4-2 and will visit Perry Meridian (1-4) tonight.
Shenandoah scores early, nips Mt. Vernon
The Marauders almost mounted a comeback at Shenandoah on Tuesday night but couldn’t overcome the Raiders’ early offense, falling 8-7.
Zach Spears crushed a pair of solo home runs in the defeat. Wyatt Vestal added a pair of doubles.
Nathanael Lash and Kennedy Parker each contributed a pair of scoreless innings of relief against Shenandoah (4-3).
The loss is the third straight for Mt. Vernon (2-5, 1-3 Mid-Hoosier Conference). They will look to get back on track Friday in an HHC doubleheader at Greenfield-Central (1-5, 1-3 HHC).
Mt. Vernon rallies for win against Chatard
Lauren Montgomery hit a walk-off three-run homer to send the host Marauders to a 12-9 victory against Chatard on Wednesday.
The Trojans jumped on Mt. Vernon early, scoring four runs in the first frame, but the Marauders would battle back late.
Mt. Vernon trailed 9-3 headed into the sixth, when Kylie Lyons and Morgan Moss each belted home runs in a five-run inning help to pull the game back within reach.
They scored one run to tie the game in the seventh, then Montgomery lifted her walk-off blast.
Mt. Vernon (2-2) plays again Friday at Hamilton Southeastern (4-1).
Greenfield-Central slips past Westfield
The Cougars pulled out their fifth win of the season Wednesday at Westfield, defeating the Shamrocks 5-4.
Morganne Denny paced the offense, going 2-for-4 with a home run, three RBI and two runs scored. Michaela Ballman went 2-for-2 with an RBI.
On the mound, Darcie Huber (3-1) pitched a complete game, giving up three earned runs and striking out 10 Shamrocks (4-2).
Next up, Greenfield-Central (5-1) hosts Connersville (4-1) on Friday.
New Palestine golfers earn three-way win
The Dragons golf team claimed a three-way meet with Greenfield-Central and Whiteland on Tuesday at Valle Vista Golf Course in Greenwood.
New Palestine shot 174 to outscore the Cougars (185) and Warriors (206).
Greenfield-Central’s Clayton Long won the tourney with his 38.
Brady Elliott and Matt Kreutzer each shot 42 to lead the Dragons. Blake Barnette added a 43 and Lucas Swanson shot 47.
The Dragons tee off again today against Warren Central at Hawk’s Tail in Greenfield. The Cougars get back on the links Saturday at Danville.
Marauders earn sweep of Shenandoah
The Mt. Vernon girls tennis team took down the Raiders 5-0 Wednesday night in Fortville.
No. 1 to 3 singles players Cassie York, Molly Laughlin, Sarah Jones all won, as did the No. 1 doubles team of Addison Eads and Emily Annakin and No. 2 team of Brianna Partin and Kendra Eberhard.
Their second straight win lifts the Marauders’ record to 2-1 on the season. They will look to make in three in a row today against Shelbyville.
TRACK AND FIELD
Cougars cruise to three-way victories
Both the Greenfield-Central boys and girls tracks and field teams enjoyed sound wins against New Castle and Indianapolis Scecina at Tuesday’s home meet.
The girls scored 101 points in defeating the Trojans (56) and Crusaders (10). The Cougars boys had similar success, scoring 100 points in besting New Castle (38) and Scecina (29).
The Cougars are next in action Friday at the Decatur Central Twilight Invitational.